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Robert Gary Bland

  • Robert Gary Bland
  • Dept: Operations Research and Information Engineering
  • Title: Professor
  • 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

Service Interests

Engineering Education, Final Exam Scheduling

Selected Publications

  • Bland, Robert Gary, B. L. Dietrich. 2008. "A unified interpretation of several combinatorial dualities." Discrete Optimization 5 (2): 337-349.
  • Bland, Robert Gary, C. W. Ko, B. Sturmfels. 1993. "A Nonextremal Camion Basis." Linear Algebra and Its Applications 187: 195-199.
  • Bland, Robert Gary, J. Cheriyan, D. Jensen, L Ladanyi. 1993. "An empirical study of network flow algorithms." In Network flows and matching: First dimacs implementation challenge , edited by D.S. Johnson and C.C. McGeogh , 119-156. .
  • Bland, Robert Gary, D F Shallcross. 1989. "Large traveling salesman problems arising from experiments in x-ray crystallography." Operations Research Letters 8 (125-28).
  • Bland, Robert Gary. 1977. "New finite pivoting rules for the simplex method." Mathematics of Operations Research 2 (103-07).

Selected Awards and Honors

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



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