Mark Lewis reappointed ORIE director

Mark Lewis, the Maxwell M. Upson Professor, has been reappointed as director of the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering. His reappointment is for a two-year period from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024.

Dear Cornell Engineering community,

I am very pleased to announce that Professor Mark Lewis has been reappointed as Director of the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering. Mark’s current appointment began on July 1, 2019 and will end on June 30, 2022; his re-appointment is for a two-year period from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024.

Mark came to Cornell in 2005 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2011. Among other recognitions, Mark received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the National Science Foundation in 2002, the College of Engineering’s Zellman Warhaft Commitment to Diversity Faculty Award in 2012, and was the featured Black History Month honoree of Mathematically Gifted & Black in 2019.

A frequently requested public speaker in both engineering and business schools, Mark is an active member in Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). He has also served—and continues to serve—our college and university in a number of roles. He organizes Cornell Engineering’s Minority Issue Interest Group, is a member of the college-wide Strategic Oversight Committee, and is on the advisory boards for Diversity Programs in Engineering and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity. Mark previously served as the college’s Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development from 2015 to 2019.

Mark is highly regarded for his research in dynamic control of service systems, as well as his particular passion for resource allocation in controlled queueing networks. Earlier this year, he was elected as the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Engineering. He was also recently inducted as a 2021 INFORMS Fellow, one of the highest honors in the O.R. profession, in recognition of his great impact in advancing minority issues, extended professional service to INFORMS, excellence in academic leadership, and research and teaching in stochastic modeling.

I am confident that, as a proven leader with a clear compass, Mark is the right person to continue guiding ORIE. Please join me in congratulating him on his continued success.

Best regards,

Lynden A. Archer
Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering

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