Elisabeth Pate-Cornell

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Elisabeth Pate-Cornell
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Born Marie Elisabeth Lucienne Paté-Cornell
Dakar, Senegal
Residence American
Fields Risk Analysis
Institutions Stanford University
Alma mater Aix-Marseille University
Grenoble Institute of Technology
Stanford University
Spouse Late C. Allin Cornell
Admiral James O. Ellis (USN ret.)

Marie Elisabeth Lucienne Paté-Cornell, (born in 1948), is a Stanford University Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering and was the Founding Chair of the Department.

Dr. Paté-Cornell is an expert in engineering risk analysis and management and more generally, the use of Bayesian probability to process incomplete information. Her research and that of her Engineering Risk Research Group have focused on the inclusion of technical and management factors in probabilistic risk analysis models with applications to the NASA shuttle tiles, offshore oil platforms and medical systems. Since 2001, she has combined risk analysis and game analysis to assess intelligence information and risks of terrorist attacks.


Dr. Paté-Cornell, born in Dakar, Senegal, earned her Bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Aix-Marseille University in 1968, and her Master's and Engineering degrees in applied mathematics and computer science from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, (France, 1970;1971), a Master's degree in Operations Research from Stanford in 1972 and a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems, also from Stanford, in 1978.


Dr. Paté-Cornell held her first position as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at MIT, and then Professor in the Stanford Department of Industrial Engineering and Department of Management Science and Engineering, from 1991 on. She has been Chair of the department since 1997. In 1999, she was named Burt and Deedee McMurtry Professor in the Stanford School of Engineering. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for International Studies.

Honors and awards
  • Best-paper Award for the year, Military Operations Research Journal (2003)
  • Fellows Award, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) (2002)
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, Society for Risk Analysis (2002)
  • Award for Meritorious Civilian Service, U.S. Air Force (2002)
  • Teaching Award for graduate teaching at the doctoral level, Stanford Department of Management Science and Engineering (June 2002)
  • Best paper of the year, IEEE Engineering Management Society (EMS) (2001)
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering (1995)
  • Council member, National Academy of Engineering (2001)
  • President, Society for Risk Analysis (1995-1996)
  • Fellow, Society for Risk Analysis (1995)
  • Conseiller, (Advisor), French Academy of Engineering (2001)
  • Member, French Academy of Engineering (2003)
  • Chair, Decision Analysis Society of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (2002-03)
  • Decision Analysis Publication Award for the year, Decision Analysis Society of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (1994)
  • Stanford Fellow, NASA-ASEE (1994)
  • Finalist-Edelman Management Award, The Institute for Management Science (May 1993)
  • Best Paper Award, American Nuclear Society (June 1990)
  • Visiting Professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Cachan, France (March 1996)
  • Visiting Scholar, Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA (January-March, 1995)
  • Visiting Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria (July-August 1979)
Boards, advisory committees, professional organisations
Personal Life

She and the late C. Allin Cornell have two children Philip (1981) and Ariane (1984). She is currently married to Admiral James O. Ellis (USN ret.).


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Additional Sources[edit]

  • "Pate-Cornell, M Elisabeth." American Men & Women of Science: A Biographical Directory of Today's Leaders in Physical, Biological, and Related Sciences. 23rd ed. Vol. 5. Detroit: Gale, 2007. 981. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 8 Apr. 2016.