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Gregory S. Parnell

Gregory S. Parnell

MS Operations Management Director, MS Engineering Management Director, and Professor of Practice


(INEG)-Industrial Engineering

Phone: 479-575-3156

Fax: 479-575-8431

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Dr. Parnell’s research interest include decision analysis, systems engineering. and resource allocation in the areas of defense, national security, homeland security, and R&D planning.

  • Decision and risk analysis
  • Systems Engineering and Management
  • Project Management
  • Industrial Engineering Design
  • Operations Management
  • Operations Research
  • Decision Models
  • Systems Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Operations Management
  • Industrial Engineeing Design
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • M.E., Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Florida
  • M.S., Systems Management, University of Southern California
  • Ph.D., Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University



Dr. Gregory S. Parnell is a Research Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas and Director of the M.S. in Operations Management program, the university’s largest graduate program, and Director of the M.S. in Engineering Management.   His research focuses on decision and risk analysis.  He was lead editor of Decision Making for Systems Engineering and Management, (2nd Ed, Wiley and Sons, 2011), lead author of the Handbook of Decision Analysis, Wiley Operations Research/ Management Science Series (Wiley and Sons, 2013), and editor of Trade-off Analytics: Defining and Exploring the Tradespace, (Wiley and Sons, 2017).  He is a fellow of the International Committee for Systems Engineering, the Institute for Operations Research/Management Science, the Society for Decision Professionals, and the Military Operations Research Society.  He has won numerous awards including the 2014 Frank P. Ramsey Medal for distinguished contributions to the field of decision analysis. He previously taught at the West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Air Force Institute of Technology.  He has a PhD from Stanford University and is a retired Air Force Colonel. 

Frank P. Ramsey Medal, Decision Analysis Society, 2014
Best Paper, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) International Symposium, June 30-July 3, 2014, Las Vegas, NV, 2014
Department of the Army Exceptional Civilian Service Award, 2013  
Wanner Award, Outstanding Contributions to Military Operations Research, Military Operations Research Society, 2013
Fellow, Lean Systems Society, 2012
Contributor to one of the ten most important accomplishments in risk analysis over past 30 years; one of 146 papers noted. Found in: Greenberg, M., Haas, C., Cox A., Lowrie, K., McComas, K., and North, W. “Ten Most Important Accomplishments in Risk Analysis, 1980-2010.” Risk Analysis, 2012; 32(5): 771-781.
Decision Analysis Publication Award Finalist, 2012
Fellow, Society for Decision Professionals, 2011
Award for “Contribution to Best Issue-Linked Paper Set” for debates in risk analysis, Risk Analysis Journal, Society for Risk Analysis, 2010   
Fellow, International Council on Systems Engineering, (INCOSE), 2009
Fellow, Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), 2008
Koopman Prize, INFORMS Military Applications Society, 2007
Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award, 2006
Military Operations Research Journal Award, 2005
Dr. Wilbur B. Payne Memorial Award, Special Award, 2005
Who's Who in Engineering Education, 2005
United States Military Academy, Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Achievement Award, 2004
Clayton Thomas J. Award Laureate, Military Operations Research Society, 2002
Class of 1950 Chair of Advanced Technology at USMA, 1999-2005
Fellow, Military Operations Research Society, 1997
Koopman Prize, INFORMS Military Applications Society, 1996
Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering, Instructor of the Quarter, Spring 1995
David Rist Prize for Outstanding Paper, Military Operations Research Society, 1991
Air Force Legion of Merit, 1995
Air Force Meritorious Service Award with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Institute of Technology General Bernard A. Schriever Award, 1987
Air Force Systems Command, Certificate of Merit, 1981
Distinguished Graduate, Air Force Institute of Technology Civilian Institutions, 1974
Elected to Alpha Pi Mu, 1974
Distinguished Graduate, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, 1970
Elected to Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society, 1968