Susan M. Sanchez
Department of Operations Research
Co-director, SEED Center for Data Farming
Naval Postgraduate School

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Prof. Susan Sanchez

Operations Research Department
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California 93943

Office: Glasgow Hall 273
(831) 656-2780
DSN: 756-2780
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The OR Department was the 2013 recipient of the INFORMS UPS George P. Smith Prize for strengthening ties between academia and industry.

Susan M. Sanchez

Distinguished Professor of Operations Research
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1986

Susan M. Sanchez is a Distinguished Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. Her home is the Operations Research Department, where she has served terms as Associate Chair for Instruction and Associate Chair for Research. She also has a joint appointment in the Department of Defense Management and an affiliation with the MOVES Institute. Dr. Sanchez teaches courses in simulation analysis and statistics, and has served on thesis committees for over 50 students on a variety of topics in defense and homeland security.

Professor Sanchez's research interests include design of experiments, data-intensive statistics, and robust selection, with applications to simulation experiments, military operations, manufacturing, and health care. She has over 80 scholarly publications and over 2000 citations. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Agency for Health Services Research, and many of the leading analytical organizations in the U.S. Department of Defense.

Professor Sanchez came to NPS on a Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Research Council in 1999, and joined the NPS faculty in 2000. Previously, she was on the faculty of the University of Arizona and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and spent a term as a Visiting Scholar at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

In May 2006, Professor Sanchez and Co-Director Professor Tom Lucas established the SEED Center for Data Farming at NPS to advance the development and use of simulation experiments and efficient designs to provide decision-makers with timely insights. The SEED Center enhances our nation’s security by providing unique research and support for faculty and students, U.S. armed forces, and our international allies.

Professor Sanchez received the Edward Kelleher U.S. Army TRADOC Analysis Center—Monterey Director's Award for Research Excellence in 2007. Her paper "Design of Large Scale Simulation Experiments, with Applications to Defense & Homeland Security" (co-authored with T. Lucas, P. Sanchez, H. Wan, and C. Nannini) was awarded the 2013 INFORMS Military Application Society’s Koopman Prize for the best publication in military operations research. In 2014, she received NPS’s Richard W. Hamming Faculty Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement, and was a founding member of the MSG-088: Data Farming in Support of NATO team that received the 2014 Scientific Achievement Award from the NATO Science & Technology Organization. In 2015, she was the International Keynote Speaker at the Defence Operations Research Symposium in Gold Coast, Australia, where she was also was co-author on the paper receiving the Gus Schaeffer Award. She has been an invited plenary speaker at a number of conferences, including the 2016 Conference on Applied Statistics in Defense and the 2016 MORS Emerging Techniques Special Meeting in Washington, DC, and the 20th Simulation Workshop in Lancaster, U.K. She is a Titan of Simulation (2016), an INFORMS Fellow (Class of 2017), and recipient of the INFORMS Women in OR/MS (WORMS) Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS (2018). In 2019 she received NPS’s Menneken Award for Sustained and Significant Research, and the Distinguished Service Award from the INFORMS Simulation Society.