Edward H. Kaplan

William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research, Professor of Public Health & Professor of Engineering

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Professor Kaplan's research has been reported on the front pages of the New York Times and the Jerusalem Post, editorialized in the Wall Street Journal, recognized by the New York Times Magazine's Year in Ideas, and discussed in many other major media outlets. The author of more than 125 research articles, Professor Kaplan received both the Lanchester Prize and the Edelman Award, two top honors in the operations research field, among many other awards. An elected member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies, he has also twice received the prestigious Lady Davis Visiting Professorship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has investigated AIDS policy issues facing the State of Israel. Kaplan’s current research focuses on the application of operations research to problems in counterterrorism and homeland security.

In 2014, he was elected to the presidency of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the world’s largest society of operations research and analytics academics and professionals.  He will serve as President-Elect in 2015, President in 2016, and Past-President in 2017.


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Probability is the fundamental language for understanding uncertainty.


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984
  • SM (Statistics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982
  • SM (Operations Research), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979
  • MCP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979
  • BA, McGill University, 1977


  • Probability Modeling & Statistics MGT 403
  • Policy Modeling MGT 611
  • Sports Analytics MGT 817

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Selected Articles


  • Koopman Prize, INFORMS, 2002, 2005, 2011
  • Expository Writing Award, INFORMS, 2010
  • Philip McCord Morse Lectureship, INFORMS, 2009
  • Charles C. Shepard Science Award, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009
  • Fellow Award, INFORMS, 2005
  • Elected to the Institute of Medicine, 2004
  • Elected to the Technion Board of Governors, 2004
  • Elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, 2004
  • Elected to the Academy of Engineering, 2003
  • President's Award, INFORMS, 2002
  • Induction to Omega Rho Operations Research Honor Society, INFORMS, 2000
  • Ira V. Hiscock Award, Connecticut Public Health Association, 1997
  • Lanchester Prize, INFORMS, 1994
  • Franz Edelman Award, INFORMS, 1992
  • State of Connecticut AIDS Leadership Award, 1991
  • Yale SOM Teaching Award, SOM Alumni Association , 1991
  • New Haven Foundation Ivy Award, 1991
  • Goodwin Medal for Conspicuously Effective Teaching by a Graduate Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983


  • National Research Council Committee on the Value of Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences to National Priorities
  • Intelligence Community Associates Program
  • National Research Council Committee On Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture
  • National Research Council Committee on Improving Intelligence Analysis for National Security
  • National Research Council Committee on Countering the Threat of Improvised Explosive Devices
  • Institute of Medicine Committee on HIV Prevention Strategies