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Robert Gary Bland

  • Robert Gary Bland
  • Dept: Operations Research and Information Engineering
  • Title: Professor Emeritus
  • Address: 233 Frank HT Rhodes Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-9144
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Professor Robert Bland received B.S. (1969), M.S. (1972) and Ph.D. (1974) degrees from Cornell University. Ph.D. student of D.R. Fulkerson, NSF Graduate Fellow. CORE Postdoctoral Fellow (1975-1977), Guest Professor European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (1976-1977), Sloan Foundation Fellow (1978-1982). Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences at SUNY Binghamton (1974-1978), Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Operations Research at Cornell University 1978- present.

Research Interests

Linear Programming, Combinatorial Optimization

Teaching Interests

Optimization, game theory, mathematics of legislative appointment

Service Interests

Engineering Education, Final Exam Scheduling

Selected Publications

  • Bland, Robert Gary. 1977. "New finite pivoting rules for the simplex method." Mathematics of Operations Research 2 (103-07).
  • Bland, Robert Gary, M. Las Vergnas. 1978. "Orientability of Matroids." Journal of Combinatorial Theory Series B 24 (1): 94-123.
  • Bland, Robert Gary, James B Orlin. 2010. "Flows in Networks by L.R. Ford Jr. and D.R. Fulkerson". Princeton Landmarks in Mathematics and Physics Series. (pp. ix-xv) 208. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
  • Bland, Robert Gary. 1981. "The Allocation of Resources by Linear-Programming." Scientific American 244 (6): 126-144.
  • Bland, Robert Gary, B. L. Dietrich. 2008. "A unified interpretation of several combinatorial dualities." Discrete Optimization 5 (2): 337-349.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Educator Award -for having most influenced Merrill Presidential Scholar(3 times) (Cornell University) 2009
  • Sloan Foundation Fellow (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation) 1978
  • Professor of the Year Award selected by ORIE Undergarduate majors (2 times) (Cornell University, ORIE)



  • BS (Industrial Engineering), Cornell Univeristy, 1969
  • MS (Operations Research), Cornell University, 1972
  • Ph D (Operations Research), Cornell University, 1974