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Shane G. Henderson

  • Shane G. Henderson
  • Dept: Operations Research and Information Engineering
  • Title: Professor
  • Address: 230 Frank HT Rhodes Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-9126
  • Website: Shane G. Henderson
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Shane G. Henderson is a professor in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University. His overall professional goal is to contribute to both research and learning in the theory and application of stochastic simulation and applied probability, with emphasis on the interface between these areas and optimization. He is greatly interested in, and motivated by, applications with strong societal relevance, including bike sharing, medical scheduling and ambulance planning.

Research Interests

My primary research interests lie in the interplay between optimization and simulation. In particular, I am interested in structured simulation optimization, where the optimization problem enjoys certain properties, like convexity or quasi convexity, that one can exploit to develop algorithms that are robust and fast. Recently I have been working on simulation optimization in parallel computing environments. Specific applications include bike sharing, MRI scheduling, radiation treatment planning, call center planning, yacht match racing, and land and air ambulance deployment.

Teaching Interests

Shane Henderson teaches courses in probability and statistics, simulation, and mathematical modeling. He is a great believer in case-based learning and uses a problem-driven classroom approach in his mathematical-modeling courses. He strives for both mathematical rigor and practical relevance in the classroom.

Service Interests

Shane Henderson is a past Chair of the INFORMS Applied Probability Society, and he completed a 6-year term as the simulation area editor of Operations Research in December 2011. He is an associate editor for the journal Stochastic Systems. He co-chaired the 2009 INFORMS Applied Probability Society conference, co-edited the Proceedings of the 2007 Winter Simulation Conference, and has helped organize numerous conferences and workshops, including serving as co-chair for the INFORMS Simulation Society Research Workshop (2007, 2011) and serving on the organizing committee of the INFORMS Practice conference from 2005-2007. He currently serves on the INFORMS Nicholson student paper competition committee, the INFORMS Impact Prize committee and the INFORMS Expository Writing Award committee. He is a frequently requested public speaker.

Selected Publications

  • Henderson, Shane G. 2009. "Operations research tools for addressing current challenges in emergency medical services".
  • Kim, S., Shane G. Henderson. 2007. "Adaptive control variates for finite-horizon simulation." Mathematics of Operations Research 32 (3): 508-527.
  • Steckley, S. G., Shane G. Henderson. 2007. "The error in steady-state approximations for the time-dependent waiting time distribution." Stochastic Models 23 (2): 307-332.
  • Henderson, Shane G., Barry L Nelson. 2006. "Simulation". Elsevier Science.
  • Ni, E C., S G Henderson. 2015. "How Hard are Steady-State Queueing Simulations?." ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation 25 (4): 1-21.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • NSF CAREER Award (NSF) 1999
  • Sonny Yau '72 Excellence in Teaching Award (Cornell University) 2014
  • Top scientific oral abstract and winner of the Association of Air Medical Services Barbara A. Hess Research and Education Award (Association of Air Medical Services) 2011
  • Best Operations Research/Management Science Focused Student Paper (2011 Winter Simulation Conference) 2011
  • Michael Tien Excellence in Teaching Award (Cornell University) 2008


  • BSc (Mathematics), University of Auckland, 1992
  • MS (Statistics), Stanford University, 1995