Robert F. Dell

Dean, Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences
Professor of Operations Research
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1990

Professor Dell

Dr. Robert F. Dell is a Professor of Operations Research (OR) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and Executive Director of the NPS Data Science and Analytics Group. He joined NPS OR as an Assistant Professor in 1990 and served as Chairman of the OR Department from 2009 to 2015. During his tenure as Chairman the department received the 2013 INFORMS Smith Prize. He served as editor-in-chief of the Military Operations Research Journal from 2015 to 2018. Professor Dell has received research support from every uniformed service for topics ranging from US Naval capital planning to US Army base realignment and closure. He has also applied optimization in the private sector in areas including production scheduling, supply chain design, and professional sports analytics. He has deployed twice to combat zones. Professor Dell has been awarded the Barchi, Koopman, Rist, and Wanner prizes for military operations research. He has also received a Brazilian Navy TamandarĂ© Merit Medal, two Department of the Army Payne Memorial Awards for Excellence in Analysis, and two Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Awards.


Operations Research Department
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California 93943
Office: Glasgow Hall 209
(831) 656-2853 DSN: 756-2853
Fax: (831) 656-2595

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Optimization and its Applications

Professional History
Other Publications
Thesis Supervision

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