|Born||1942 (age 71–72)
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College
|Thesis||Weak Convergence Theorems for Queues in Heavy Traffic (1969)|
|Doctoral advisor||Donald Lee Iglehart|
|Known for||Queueing theory|
|Notable awards||John von Neumann Theory Prize
Frederick W. Lanchester Prize
National Academy of Engineering
Ward Whitt (born 1942) is an American professor of operations research and management sciences. He is the Wai T. Chang Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Columbia University. His research focuses on queueing theory, performance analysis, stochastic models of telecommunication systems, and numerical transform inversion. He is recognized for his contributions to the understanding and analyses of complex queues and queuing networks, which led to advances in the telecommunications system.
Whitt was born in Bozeman, Montana. He received a BA in Mathematics from Dartmouth and a PhD in operations research from Cornell (1969). His doctoral thesis, Weak Convergence Theorems for Queues in Heavy Traffic, paved the path for his future research. Whitt joined the operations research faculty at Stanford before moving to Yale in 1969. From 1977–2002, he worked in Bell Labs and then AT&T Labs. Since then, he has been a professor at Columbia.
Whitt received numerous accolades for his seminal contributions to actuarial science. He holds a number of telecommunications-related patents. He has been on the editorial boards of major management science journals including Operations Research. He is a member of Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He has also been a member and committee chair in the National Academy of Engineering. From 1999 to 2001, Whitt has been on the INFORMS prize committee.
- 2003 INFORMS Frederick W. Lanchester Prize
- 2002 Inaugural INFORMS Fellow
- 2001 John von Neumann Theory Prize
- 2001 Harold Larnder Prize
- 1997 AT&T Fellow
- 1996 National Academy of Engineering Member
- "Ward Whitt". Production and Operations Management 20 (3): vii–. 2011. doi:10.1111/j.1937-5956.2011.01181.x.
- Ward Whitt at the Mathematics Genealogy Project