Hugh E. Bradley

ORSA President, 1985

Hugh E. Bradley was the 34th President of ORSA. He was a practitioner for most of his career. After three years as Research Engineer with Sperry-Rand Corporation in New York he returned to graduate school for his PhD. After his PhD he taught in the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Michigan (1963-67). Then he went to The Upjohn Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan where he remained through 1979, beginning as Head of Operations Research, advancing to Group Manager for Information Systems. He received the Upjohn Award for distinguished accomplishment in 1976. During this period he also held adjunct appointments at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo and at Grand Valley State University, in Grand Rapids. In 1979 he became Director, Corporate Information Systems, for Syntex Corporation in Palo Alto, California, then in 1981 Associate Director for Telecommunications and Computer Services at Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, in Oakland. He went to the Shaklee Corporation, San Francisco in 1985, from which he retired in 1999 as Corporate Vice President of Shaklee and Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Shaklee’s largest subsidiary, Bear Creek Corporation in Medford, Oregon.

Dr. Bradley was elected to the ORSA Council in 1975. Over the ensuing fifteen years he served the Society not only in this capacity but also as its Treasurer, Vice President, and President – and then a second time as Treasurer. During this period, at various times, he was co-chairman of the ORSA/TIMS Finance Committee, and chaired the ORSA Affiliated Professional Activities and Nominating Committees, as well as the ORSA/TIMS Data Processing Committee; in this latter capacity he led development of the joint ORSA/TIMS data processing system by which the two societies coordinated their business operations. He was awarded the George E. Kimball Medal in 1990 and subsequently, in 2000, chaired the Kimball Medal Selection Committee.

For The Institute of Management Sciences, in addition to working with the joint Committees just listed, he was the Founding President of its Michiana Chapter in 1972, and TIMS Vice President at Large from 1977 to 1980. During this period he was also Director of the Pharmaceutical Management Science Association. For INFORMS, he was nominated as one of three candidates for its first President.

Dr. Bradley was also active in the international community. He became Associate Editor of International Abstracts in Operations Research in 1967, then Editor from 1969 through 1979. He is Editor of Operational Research ’90, the proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Operational Research held in Athens, Greece in 1990. He served as Treasurer of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies from 1998 through 2006, and Chairman of the IFORS Publications Committee from 2005 through 2012.

Dr. Bradley was elected a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences in 2002.

BS (Electrical Engineering) and MS (Electrical Engineering), 1957, MIT; PhD Operations Research and Statistics, 1963, Johns Hopkins; NSF Fellow.