R. Kevin Wood

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Operations Research
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1982

Dr. Kevin Wood is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Operations Research. At NPS since 1982, he has taught courses in optimization and has studied problems in network reliability; graph algorithms; linear, integer and stochastic programming; game theory; and system interdiction and defense.

Wood's 1993 paper "Deterministic Network Interdiction" spurred renewed interest in the theory and application of network and system interdiction models, and has led to a series of papers on these topics, by him and others. He is currently applying extensions of interdiction theory to problems of homeland security, for example, how to harden an electrical power grid against terrorist attacks. VEGA (Vulnerability of Electric Grids Analyzer), co-developed by Wood at the Naval Postgraduate School, solves such problems by exploiting his fundamental contributions to the theory of decomposition for mathematical programs.

Professor Wood has had long-term research support from the Office of Naval Research as well as the Air Force of Scientific Research, and holds a SECRET clearance. He has been a visiting faculty member or visiting scholar at Stanford University, the University of Auckland, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Universitaet der Bundeswehr, Munich, and has also been Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National Security Agency.

Operations Research Department
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California 93943

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Email: kwood@nps.edu


Teaching and Research Interests

  • Optimization
  • Network Flows
  • Stochastic Programming
  • Network and System Interdiction

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