A. Alan B. Pritsker Biogrhapy, Award, Contribution Industrial Engineer :D

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A. Alan B. Pritsker (February 5, 1933—August 24, 2000) was an American engineer, pioneer in the field of Operations research, and one of the founders of the field of computer simulation. Over the course of a fifty-five-year career, he made numerous contributions to the field of simulation and to the larger fields of industrial engineering and operations research A.Alan B.Pritsker is President and CEO of Pritsker Corporation. He graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.

·         1961=>  he obtained a PhD from Ohio State University.
·         1956 – 1962 => Dr.Pritsker worked for Batelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.
·         1962- 1969 => he was a Professor at Arizona State University. He cofounded the Operations Research Division of AIIE in 1968.
·         1969-1970 => a professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
·         1970 - 1973 => he was also the director of Purdue's Center for Large-Scale Systems.
·         1973 => He was a co-founder of Pritsker & Associates, Inc. He also co-originated the AIIE Systems Engineering Conference
·         1970-1981 => a professor at Purdue University. He also served the Society for Computer Simulation as the SIMULATION journal's area editor for combined discrete-continuous simulation
·         1985 =>  Elected to the National Academy of Engineering, Alan Pritsker enjoyed the distinction of being the second industrial engineer to join that organization. For over fifteen years, he actively served the National Academy of Engineering in many positions of great responsibility. By his leadership in these various professional societies and governmental organizations over the past forty-five years, Alan Pritsker contributed significantly to the dramatic growth of the field of simulation as well as the larger fields of industrial engineering and operations research.
·         1986–1989 => He also served as the Board Chair of FACTROL, Inc.
·         1989- 1991 =>  Pritsker Corporation was created. he served the new company as Board Chair and CEO
·         1991–1996 => he served  Pritsker Corporation as President and CEO
Dr.Pritsker has been a consultant to the Rand Corporation, General Electric, General Motors, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Motorola Inc., DVR Corporation and many others. Throughout his career, he has worked on may applied projects which have provided the inputs for his modelling and technique developments.
Dr.Pritsker has published over 150 technical papers. he has authored or co-authored these following publication :
·        1961. Optimal control of discrete stochastic processes.
·        1964. Analysis of conveyor systems.
·        1966. GERT: graphical evaluation and review technique.
·        1969. Simulation with GASP-II; a FORTRAN based simulation language. With Philip J. Kiviat.
·        1970. JASP: A simulation language for a time-shared system.
·        1974. GASP IV simulation language.
·        1975. Simulation with GASP PL/I : a PL/I based continuous/discrete simulation language. With Robert E. Young.
·        1977 AND 1979. Modeling and analysis using Q-GERT networks.
·        1979. Introduction to simulation and SLAM. With Claude Dennis Pegden.
·        1983. Management decision making : a network simulation approach. With C. Elliott Sigal.
·        1986. Introduction to simulation and SLAM II.
·        1986. Solutions : introduction to Simulation and SLAM II
·        1987. TESS : the extended simulation support system. With Charles R. Standridge.
·        1987. Introduction to simulation and SLAM II.
·        1989. Slam II network models for decision support. With C. Elliott Sigal and R.D. Jack Hammesfahr..
·        1990. Papers, experiences, perspectives.
·        1995. Introduction to simulation and SLAM II.
·        1997. Simulation with Visual SLAM and AweSim. With Jean J. O'Reilly and David K. LaVal.
·        1999. Simulation with Visual SLAM and AweSim. Jean J. O'Reilly.


1.      Discrete-continuous system simulation
Foremost among Alan Pritsker’s achievements is his work in the theory and methodology of discrete and combined discrete-continuous system simulation. During the early 1970s, he and his students formulated the basic principles of combined discrete-continuous simulation and implemented those principles in the GASP IV, SAINT, and SMOOTH simulation languages. Subsequently he extended the foundations of combined simulation to encompass the process-interaction approach; and working with several collaborators, he implemented a family of simulation software systems, including SLAM and its extensions—SLAM II, TESS, SLAMSYSTEM, FACTOR/AIM, and Visual SLAM/AweSim. His strategic vision of a family of related simulation software products played a crucial role in the growth and maturing of the field of simulation over the past thirty years.
2.      Stochastic network
Alan Pritsker also made numerous fundamental contributions to the theory and methodology for analysis of stochastic networks and more general large-scale simulation experiments. For this work he received the “H. B. Maynard Innovative Achievement in Industrial Engineering Award” from the American Institute of Industrial Engineers (AIIE, now IIE) in 1978 and the “Outstanding Simulation Publication Award” from The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS, now INFORMS) College on Simulation and Gaming (now the College on Simulation) in 1985.
3.      Engineering theory and practice
Among Alan Pritsker’s diverse contributions to engineering practice, perhaps the most prominent was his development and use of large-scale simulation models to support policy analysis for organ transplantation by the United Network for Organ Sharing. In particular, his work was used to formulate more effective and equitable protocols for assigning liver transplants to waiting patients. This is a remarkable example of the definitive practice of system simulation in addressing ultimate questions of life and death.
Most of Alan Pritsker’s groundbreaking contributions to engineering theory, methodology and practice are widely available via numerous well-known texts and book chapters that he wrote over a period of forty-five years. Perhaps more than any other single individual, he effectively disseminated knowledge about simulation technology at all levels of academia, government and industry through the publication of twelve popular textbooks.

4.      Simulation
Another prominent aspect of Alan Pritsker’s contributions to the growth of the field of simulation was his role in founding and leading several commercial enterprises dedicated to the development and dissemination of simulation technology.
Alan Pritsker’s service to the profession spanned a broad range of activities sustained over four decades. Perhaps his most prominent contributions in service were made through his leadership of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC). He served as a member of the WSC Board of Directors representing AIIE from 1970 to 1973. He also served on the WSC Board of Directors representing TIMS–College on Simulation and Gaming from 1981 to 1987; and he served as Board Chair from 1984 to 1985. He was an active participant in the technical program of the WSC each year for over thirty years, and in 1989 he delivered the keynote address for that conference.
ü  In 1966 Alan Pritsker received the "AIIE Distinguished Research Award”
ü  1967, he received Arizona State's University Faculty Achievement Award
ü  In 1978 he received AIIE's H.B.Maynard Innovative Achievement Award and AIIE's Operations Research Division Award
ü  In 1987 he received the "Arthur YoungVENTURE Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Award".
ü  He also received honorary doctorates from Arizona State University (1992) and Purdue University (1998).
ü  1991, he received from IIE the "Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award", the highest and most esteemed honor presented by that organization. For his long-standing, exceptional service to the international simulation community,
ü  He received the “Distinguished Service Award” from the INFORMS–College on Simulation in 1991.
ü  Moreover, in 1999 he received the “Lifetime Professional Achievement Award” from the INFORMS–College on Simulation, which is the highest honor given by that society.
ü  The Pritsker Award is given each year at Arizona State University for outstanding accomplishment in teaching. He is listed in Who's Who in America and EJC Engineers of Distinction. he is a member of ACM, AIDS, IIE, ORSA, PMI, TIMS and senior Member of SCS.

ü  In March 2001 an article entitled "Alan Pritsker’s Multifaceted Career: Theory, Practice, Education, Entrepreneurship, and Service" appeared in a special issue of IIE Transactions honoring Alan Pritsker for his numerous contributions to the profession over five decades.