Shane G. Henderson
Charles W. Lake, Jr. Chair in Productivity
School of Operations Research and Information Engineering
Cornell University

Rhodes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-9126 - phone
(607) 255-9129 - fax
email: My initials sgh followed by the number 9 at cornell dot edu

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About Me - In English

I use analytical methods to help make better decisions. For example, my work has been used to help decide where and when to place ambulances to keep response times small. It has been used to help in designing yachts to compete in the America's Cup. It has been used to help keep Cornell University open during the pandemic. It has helped fire departments in their long-term planning.

My general field is called Operations Research, which has strong links with Analytics and Data Science. You can find out more here. That information is supplied by INFORMS, which is one of the professional organizations involved with Operations Research.

Research Interests

My overall professional goal is to contribute to both research and learning in the theory and application of stochastic simulation and applied probability, with emphasis on the interface between these areas and optimization. I am greatly interested in, and motivated by, applications with strong societal relevance, including bike sharing, medical scheduling, ambulance planning and pandemic response.

My primary research interests lie in the interplay between optimization and simulation. In particular, I am interested in structured simulation optimization, where the optimization problem enjoys certain properties, like convexity or quasi convexity, that one can exploit to develop algorithms that are robust and fast. Specific applications include bike sharing, MRI scheduling, radiation treatment planning, call center planning, yacht match racing, and land and air ambulance deployment.

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People I've advised in research.

Teaching Interests

I teach courses in simulation, stochastic modeling, probability and mathematical modeling. A list of courses I've taught. Some teaching resources.

Brief Bio

Professor Shane G. Henderson holds the Charles W. Lake, Jr. Chair in Productivity in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE) at Cornell University. His research interests include discrete-event simulation, simulation optimization, emergency services planning, pandemic response and transportation. He is an INFORMS Fellow and a co-recipient of the INFORMS Wagner Prize for his work on bike-sharing programs. He has served as Director of the School of ORIE, as chair of the INFORMS Applied Probability Society, as editor in chief of Stochastic Systems and as simulation area editor for Operations Research. He has previously held positions in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan and the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland. He likes cats, climbing walls, biking, Harry Potter and being a Dad.

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