Bob Bland's Celebration & Last Lecture - Thursday, June 6

Professor Bob Bland

Bob Bland through the yearsBob Bland joined the faculty in ORIE at Cornell in 1978 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1981 and professor in 1987. He served as Director of the School of OR&IE and as Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies and as Associate Director for Graduate Studies. Bob has received Outstanding Educator awards from Cornell three times, he received the McCormick Advising award from the College of Engineering, and was twice selected by the ORIE undergraduates as Professor of the Year. Bob will retire on July 1, 2019 after 41 years on the Cornell faculty and (approximately) 2,500 lectures for Cornell students. On June 6, 2019, the School of OR&IE will host a celebration of Bob’s contributions to Cornell, which will feature “Bob’s Last Lecture,” a lighthearted compilation of moments from the previous 2,500 lectures.

We hope you are able to join us for this event. Please email us with any questions.

You can register for Bob's Celebration & Last Lecture until May 23.



12:00ReceptionTaylor Room,
Statler Hotel
1:00LunchCarrier Ballroom,
Statler Hotel

(former students and colleagues)

Statler Hall, Room 398
3:30Wine & Cheese BreakStatler Hall,
Room 398 Foyer
4:00Bob's Last LectureStatler Hall, Room 398
5:30DinnerTerrace Restaurant,
Statler Hotel

Free Parking will be available at the Hoy Road Garage located directly across from Rhodes Hall. A parking pass will be required to park at the Hoy Road Garage. A limited number of parking passes will be available to our attendees and can be picked up prior to parking at the booth located outside of the Hoy Road Garage. Be sure to tell the booth attendant that you are with the “Bland Retirement Event”.

Hoy Road Garage is a short walk away from the Statler. Please use the Cornell Campus Interactive Map found here for easy navigation around campus.

Can’t make it? You can still participate.
If you’re unable to make it to Ithaca for Bob’s last lecture celebration, no worries. You can still participate.

We’ve set up a Zoom meeting so alumni & friends can watch Bob’s last lecture and the reminiscences. Just go to on June 6 at 3 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Savings Time) to watch the festivities live (or you can watch the recorded version).

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