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Ronald Howard

Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Ronald A. HowardRon Howard, an SDG founder, develops conceptual, systematic, and practical approaches to analyzing important decisions. He defined the decision analysis discipline in 1963 and has played a major role in the research, education, and application of many aspects of the field. His areas of application include decisions involving isolation of nuclear waste, technological risk, biotechnological investment, and research and development management.

Dr. Howard is a professor in the Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) Department at Stanford University and a professor of Management Science by courtesy in the Graduate School of Business. He is also director of the Decisions and Ethics Center in the MS&E Department.

Dr. Howard received a BS, an MS, an EE, and an ScD in electrical engineering and a BS in economics from MIT.

In 1986 he received the Operations Research Society of America’s Frank P. Ramsey Medal “for Distinguished Contributions in Decision Analysis.” In 1998 he received the first award for the Teaching of Operations Research/Management Science Practice from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). In 1999 Dr. Howard was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which is among the highest professional distinctions awarded an engineer. He is now retired from active involvement in SDG. 

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