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Lawrence M. Wein

Larry is the Jeffrey S. Skoll Professor of Management Science at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he has been since 2002. After receiving a B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell, he received a Ph.D. in Operations Research at Stanford University in 1988, and was a chaired professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management from 1988 to 2002.

His research interests are in manufacturing, public health, and homeland security. His dissertation research on workload regulating release was implemented widely in the semiconductor industry. Later he worked on a variety of health problems related to kidney transplants, and treatments for HIV, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and influenza.

After the September 11 attacks, much of his research focused on homeland security. The Department of Homeland Security has adopted a number of his research recommendations, including a post-attack mass vaccination policy for smallpox, the distribution of antibiotics by the Postal Service in the event of a large-scale anthrax attack, the intensification of the heat pasteurization process for milk to prevent an attack with botulinum toxin, a switch from a two-finger system to a ten-finger system in the US-VISIT Program, and the recommendation to shelter rather than evacuate after a nuclear detonation. His more recent work addresses pandemic influenza, post-traumatic stress disorder in Operation Iraqi Freedom soldiers, space debris, blood transfusions, childhood obesity, food aid in Africa, and the nationwide biometrics program in India. He was a member of the advisory board for the first quadrennial review of the Department of Homeland Security.

Larry and his wife Anne, who is a scientist at the U.S. Geologic Survey, are almost empty-nested: Alex is in a Ph.D. Program at MIT’s Math Department, Nicole is a junior at Harvey Mudd College, and Natasha is a senior in high school. They frequently take vacations in Anne’s home country, New Zealand.