Edwardo Lao Rhodes (born 1946) is an American management science scholar and author. An Emeritus Professor at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Rhodes is best known for his seminal work in data envelopment analysis, as well as his applications of management science to policy analysis and environmental policy.
Rhodes received a Bachelor of Arts at Princeton University in 1968 and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1978 under the supervision of William W. Cooper. While he started his professional career at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Rhodes developed most of his career as a professor of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University where he reached the status of Professor Emeritus.
Rhodes is known for the invention of data envelopment analysis in 1978, as part of his doctoral dissertation, in the paper "Measuring the Efficiency of Decision Making Units" with William W. Cooper and Abraham Charnes.
After devoting several years to developing applications of management science to public policy and particularly to environmental policy, Rhodes wrote "Environmental Justice in America: A New Paradigm" in 2005. In the book, Rhodes discusses new methodological approaches to environmental justice and argues that race and class are relevant categories previously ignored in analyzing environmental justice issues.
- "Edwardo Rhodes: : Faculty: faculty: Faculty Directory: Faculty & Research: School of Public and Environmental Affairs: Indiana University Bloomington". spea.indiana.edu. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
- Charnes, A.; Cooper, W. W.; Rhodes, E. (1981). "Evaluating Program and Managerial Efficiency: An Application of Data Envelopment Analysis to Program Follow Through on JSTOR". Management Science. 27 (6): 668–697. JSTOR 2631155.
- Rhodes, Edwardo L. (2002). "USING DATA ENVELOPMENT ANALYSIS (DEA) TO EVALUATE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AND JUSTICE: A DIFFERENT WAY OF LOOKING AT THE SAME OLD NUMBERS". International Journal of Public Administration. 25 (2–3): 253–279. doi:10.1081/PAD-120013237.
- "Environmental Justice in America". iupress.indiana.edu. Retrieved 2016-04-03.