Dr. Hossein Arsham

  The Wright Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Baltimore and Visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

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Biographical Information   Research & Publications
Web-Enhanced Textbooks   Professional Services

I: Biographical Information

II: Instructional Activities

Teaching Philosophy Statements
Student To Student: Advice on Leaning Style

Web-Enhanced Textbooks
(Categorized under general headings):

1. Statistical Data Analysis:
2. Decision Science for Business Applications:
3. Business Economics and Forecasting:
4. Modeling and Simulation for Systems Analysis, Design and Control:

5. Version en Espaniol de Algunos Sitios Web Fundamentales:

6. Other Instructional and Training Resources:

III: Research & Publications Since Year 2000

Research Philosophy Statements

Archival Journal Articles (categorized in four areas):

  1. Optimization with Sensitivity Analysis
  2. Prescriptive System Simulation
  3. Probability and Statistics
  4. Other Topics

IV: Professional Services

Service Philosophy Statements

Biographical Information


My intellectual interest is in a broad field known as Building Data-Driven Decision Support Systems, that is, the well-focused consecutive thought process based on measurable and numerical scales to improve strategic decisions in the design, operation, and controlling complex man-made systems, such as an airport.

Models transform the managerial inputs into useful information for managerial decision. I received my higher-education degrees, all concentrated on modeling, from three different continents. My first degree is in Physics, which deals with the modeling of nature; the second is in Management Science, which consists of modeling human activities in general. Finally, my doctoral degree is in General Operations Research, which covers all aspects of modeling in every scientific field of studies.

The growing trends in interventional managerial decision-making increasingly utilize applications of more than one technique and involve individuals from other disciplines. Moreover, they involve a blend of"hard" and "soft" as well as a mixing of different "hard" or"soft" techniques with the increasing use of multiple methods within one piece of analysis. A creative must look in detail at how those from disciplines outside of Operations Research can come to work in the organizations on multi-disciplinary studies. Those who have come from such backgrounds, clearly share their perspectives and experiences, by finding the scopes and limitations.

I am myself what is called an original thinker, my business being to question and test all the established decision sciences managerial tools to see how far they are still valid and how far worn out or superseded, and even to provide unifications, easy to understand, easy to implement and provide useful information for the managers.

The decision making framework and tools often combine optimization theory, discrete event simulation, and probability and statistics. For, example during recent years, competitive pressures and short product lifecycles have caused many manufacturing and retail companies to focus on supply chain management practices and applications. Continuing shifts in the geopolitical situation and emerging markets have opened up new business opportunities, and at the same time kept companies busy revising their supply chain structures, manufacturing locations, warehouse locations, inbound logistics, and distribution operations. This has led to an increased demand in strategic supply chain planning tools, such as supply chain simulators and location optimization tools.

My teaching, research, and professional services activities are multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary which include: General Optimization, Systems Simulation, and Statistical Data Analysis. My journal publications on the above topics, show consistency without any gaps, not even a single year, since 1983; the year I joined the University of Baltimore and completion of my post-doctoral studies. As for my teaching ability, I am well known for teaching difficult concepts at appropriate levels that can be understood by my students. My ability in humanizing the complex conceptual topics enables me to convey them in a clear simple language, therefore, become transparent for my students in an understandable way. My cardinal aim in constructing model-based decision support systems is to provide models for the managers which are easy to understand, easy to use, while providing useful managerial information.

As you know it well, the primary functions of universities are the transfer of useful knowledge and advancement of knowledge. The effective and widely used performance measure of any significant advancement of knowledge has been number of citations in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary areas. The citations of significant research contributions in journals citations are the indication of advancement of knowledge and their impact on transfer of knowledge are the textbooks citations.

Thesis and Dissertation:

More information may be found at: World Cat, and other electronic databases.

Poisson Process Approximation of Confidence Regions For Distribution Functions Based Upon Generalized K-S Statistics,
D.Sc. Dissertation, 1982,
The George Washington University, available also from,
University Microfilms International.

A Mathematical Model for Optimum Advertising Campaign,
M.Sc. Thesis, 1978,
School of Industrial and Manufacturing Sciences,
The Cranfield University.

Physics of Random Signals: Photo Noise, Shot Noise, and Thermal Noise, B.Sc. Thesis, 1971,
Aryamehr (Arya Mehr) University of Technology.

Professional Qualifications

1983-, Distinguished Research Professor,
Emeritus at the Merrick School of Business of University of Baltimore.

Latest Overview From Merrick School of Business Online Faculty Directory: "Professor Hossein Arsham joined University of Baltimore in 1983 and has demonstrated his major contribution through his research and effective teaching abilities both in the classroom and online. His teaching, research, and professional services activities are multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and trans-disciplinary and include: general optimization, systems simulation, and statistical data analysis. His principal professional activities are in constructing model-based decision support systems that are understandable, easy to use, and provide useful managerial information. His work has been acknowledged for its contributions to his areas of decision making processes through numerous awards including: The Harry Y. Wright Chair for Distinguished Research, Regents' Faculty award for Excellence in Research and The CSX Chair. Dr. Arsham's perspectives and experiences have led him to combine the decision-making framework and tools to better understand and connect the gaps between optimization theory, discrete event simulation, and probability and statistics. He is also consistently up-to-date on the growing trends in interventional managerial decision-making; and its increasing utilization in applications. Dr. Arsham is also well-known for his teaching ability and students appreciate his insight of making difficult concepts understandable. Teaching has been an intricate part of Dr. Arsham's life at the University of Baltimore. He is considered a pioneer in online teaching."

Dean's Latest Annual Assessment Reports:


Dr. Arsham had another spectacular year and again proved himself to be one of the very finest faculty members in the University. He is truly outstanding in all three areas of evaluation and clearly deserves any recognition we can provide for his contribution to the School, the University, and his profession. He is the consummate college professor.
Overall Evaluation: Outstanding Merit.
We are truly fortunate to have Dr. Arsham on the Merrick School faculty. His teaching, research, and service are all clearly outstanding. He is an innovative, inspirational teacher -- committed to students, their learning, and our overall teaching mission. He continues to be one of the School's most prolific researchers. And his service to his profession and to the University is impressive and exemplary.
Overall Evaluation: Outstanding Merit.
Dr. Arsham's teaching is outstanding. He has proven to be a rigorous, effective classroom teacher who earns high student evaluations. His commitment to teaching is evidenced not only in the time he puts into classroom preparation, but also in his volunteering to serve as one of the Merrick School's first two web MBA instructors. His research continues to be outstanding. He is a truly prolific writer of quality, academic manuscripts. Dr. Arsham's service is also outstanding. He contributes in meaningful ways to both his profession and the University.
Overall Evaluation: Outstanding Merit.

Dean's Last Five Years Overall Assessment Report:

"As The Wright Distinguished Professor in the Merrick School of Business, your colleagues were asked to assess your teaching, research, and service productivity. They concluded that your equaled the productivity of management science researchers at doctoral-granting universities.

Please accept my sincere congratulations. I wish that all our faculty members were as dedicated as you are."

Selected Archival Publications

The abstract of my archival publications might be found at the following and other electronic databases:

Optimization with Sensitivity Analysis

Essentials of Linear Programming for Managers: From System of Inequalities to Software Implementation,
A Chapter in a New Book: Management Science, Logistics, and Operations Research, Edited by John Wang,
IGI-Global Publisher, Chapter 7, 96-127, 2014.

Critical Path Stability Region: A Single-Time Estimate,
A Chapter in a New Book: Analyzing Security, Trust, and Crime, IGI-Global Publisher, 2014.

An Interior Boundary Pivotal Solution Algorithm for Linear Programs with the Optimal Solution-based Sensitivity Region,
International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research, 5(6), 663-692, 2013.

Data Perturbation Analysis for IS Project Management Based on a Single Time Estimate,
International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems, 8(4), 77-98, 2012.

Injectivity and Surjectivity Equivalency of Linear Mapping: A Reversal of the Traditional Approach,
International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, 79(4), 595-603, 2012.

Foundation of Linear Programming: A Managerial Perspective From Solving System of Inequalities to Software Implementation,
International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences, 3(3), 40-60, 2012.

A Simplified Algebraic Method for System of Linear Inequalities with LP Applications,
Omega: International Journal of Management Science, 37(4), 876-882, 2009.
PDF Version

A Validation and Verification Tool for Optimization Solvers,
Journal of Information & Optimization Sciences, 29(1), 57-80, 2008.

Construction of the Largest Sensitivity Region for General Linear Programs,
Applied Mathematics and Computation, 189(2), 1435-1447, 2007.

Perturbed Matrix Inversion with Application to LP Simplex Method,
Applied Mathematics and Computation, 188(1), 801-807, 2007.

A Computationally Stable Solution Algorithm for Large-scale Linear Programs,
Applied Mathematics and Computation, 188(2), 1549-1561, 2007.

A Hybrid Gradient and Feasible Direction Pivotal Solution Algorithm for General Linear Programs,
Applied Mathematics and Computation, 188(1), 596-611, 2007.

A Big-M Free Solution Algorithm for General Linear Programs,
International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, 32(4), 549-564, 2006.

Selected Decision Support Models for Production and Public Policy,
Chapter 3, of the 8 chapters of SDI-SOR Scientific Book, number 3, ISBN 961-6165-19-4, by
the Slovene Association of Operational Research, Zadnik-Stirn L., et. al. (Eds.), 81-102, 2005.

A Computer Implementation of the Push-and-Pull Algorithm and Its Computational Comparison With LP Simplex Method,
Applied Mathematics and Computation, 170(1), 36-63, 2005.
PDF Version
The software to install is available at Linear Programs Solvers.

Tight Bounding of Continuous Functions over Polyhedrons: A New Introduction to Exact Global Optimization,
International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, 19(3), 393-413, 2005.
PDF Version.

Global Optima for Linearly Constrained Business Decision Models,
Scientific Journal of Administrative Development, 2(1), 2-53, 2004.
PDF Version

Globally Tight Bounds for Almost Differentiable Functions over Polytopes with Application to Tolerance Analysis,
OPSEARCH: Journal of the Operational Research Society of India, 40(4), 305-319, 2003.

From Linear to Nonlinear Optimization: The Missing Chapter,
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science & Technology, 34(3), 417-430, 2003.

An Algorithm for Simplex Tableau Reduction: The Push-to-Pull Solution Strategy,
Applied Mathematics and Computation, 137(2-3), 525-547, 2003.

An Algorithm for Simplex Tableau Reduction with Numerical Comparisons,
International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, 4(1), 57-85, 2003.

Linearly Constrained Global Optimization: A General Solution Algorithm with Applications,
Applied Mathematics and Computation, 134(2-3), 345-361, 2003.

Continuous Global Optimization over Polyhedrons: A New Introduction to Optimization,
International Mathematical Forum, Former International Mathematical Journal, 1(1), 37-52, 2002.

A New Introduction to Global Optimization Over Polyhedrons,
a chapter in, Advances in Simulation, Systems Theory and Systems Engineering, edited by N. Matoraski, et. al., WSEAS Press, UK, 2002.

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Prescriptive System Simulation

Organizational Performance-Design Process: A Discrete-Events Simulation Approach,
Chapter 5 in a New Book: Organizational Transformations through Big Data Analytics,
IGI-Global Publisher, 2015.

Performance Measure System Design Processes: A Single-Run Discrete Events Simulation Approach,
A Chapter in a New Book: Business Performance Measurement and Management,
Cambridge-Scholars Publishing, UK, 2015.

Monte Carlo Solution to Find Input Parameters in Systems Design Problems,
International Journal for Computational Methods in Engineering Science and Mechanics, 14(4), 343-353, 2013.

Modeling and Simulation for Product Design Process,
Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International, 89(2), 178-191, 2013.

Gradient-Based Optimization Techniques for Discrete Event Systems Simulation,
The Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, 1-17, 2010.

Monte Carlo Techniques for Parametric Finite Multidimensional Integral Equations,
Monte Carlo Methods and Applications, 13(3), 173-195, 2007.

Simulation Based Decision Support for Systems Design and Control,
Organization: Journal of Management, Information Systems and Human Resource, 39(10), 626-634, 2006.

The Use of Simulation in Discrete Event Dynamic Systems Design,
Journal of Systems Science, 31(5), 563-573, 2000.

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Probability and Statistics

Adaptive K-S Tests For White Noise in the Frequency Domain,
International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, 82(4), 521-529, 2013.

Bartlett's Test,
The International Encyclopedia of Statistical Science, Springer, Part 2, 87-88, 2011.

The Efficient Market Hypothesis in Personal Finance: Choosing an Adjustable or a Fix Rate Mortgage,
The Journal of Global Business Issues, 2(2), 191-200, 2008.

The Rate Decision: Adjustable vs Fixed Rate Mortgages,
Journal of Business & Economics Research, 5(11), 31-42, 2007. PDF Version.

Pearson Custom Publisher, INSB: 0-536-75317-2, 2006.

Questionnaire Design and Surveys Management with Applications to Sample Size in Surveys Sampling,
Key Survey, 2004.

Decision Analysis: Making Justifiable, Defensible Decisions,
e-Quality, 12(3), 1-2, 2004.

Questionnaire Design and Surveys Sampling,
SySurvey: The Online Survey Tool, 2002.

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Other Topics

Even Numbers and Zero: An Interview,
The BBC World Service, November 16, 2012.

Tapping Into E-Learning: An Interview,
The Military Officer Magazine, 1(1), 36-40, 2003.

Decidofobia: Miedo a la toma de decisiones importantes, Cmo evitar tomar decisiones importantes?,
Revista Inter-Forum, 16(3), 50-62, 2002. Artculo Invitado.

Impact of the Internet on Learning and Teaching,
The United States Distance Learning Association Journal, 16(3), 6-21. An invited leading feature article.
PDF Version

How to Avoid Making Serious Decisions?,
Iraniha: Cultures and Groups, 1(1), 2002.

Zero in Four Dimensions: Historical, Psychological, Cultural, and Logical Perspectives,
The Pantaneto Forum, 2(5), 19 pages, 2002.

Teaching an Online Course: The Debriefing Dr. Arsham,
The E-Learning Post, June, 2001.
HTML Version

Thinking of Zero
Science News, 25(159), 2001.

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Selected Conference Proceedings

More information on conference proceedings may be found at: WorldCat, and other electronic databases.

An algorithm for perturbed matrix inversion problem,
The 9thInternational Symposium on Operations Research, Proceedings, 117-121, Slovenia, 2007.

The rate decision: Adjustable versus fixed rate mortgages,
The Annual Conference of the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute, Baltimore, MD, March 2007.

Solving linear system of inequalities with application to linear programs,
The Annual Conference of the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute, Baltimore, MD, March 2007.

A new introduction to global optimization over polyhedrons,
The International WSEAS Conferences in Skiathos, Greece,
Ed. N. Mastorakis, 1291-1296, 2002.

Students' Dropout: Cause and Prevention, An invited online speech,
The Open and Distance Learning, UK Open University, 2002.

A new introduction to the linearly constrained global optimization,
The 6th International Symposium on Operational Research in Slovenia,
Ed. L. Lenart, et al., 133-138, 2001.

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Selected Letters, and Interviews

What Are Models in Decision Making Process,
NEWS AGE, March 5, 2003, Borno, Nigeria.

Relationships among Statistical Tables and Their Applications,
A graphic presentation that appeared on the cover of The SpineLine Magazine, Vol. III, No. 3, 2002. A publication of The North American Spine Society.

How to Avoid Making Serious Decisions?,
Iraniha, April 2002.

Education in Marketplace, An Interview
The WashingtonPost, Fall 2000.

Professional Services

Consulting & Grants Awards:

National Science Foundation,
Grant Proposal Consulting HSD/ERCD-604-011, 2005.
The Human and Social Dynamics.

National Science Foundation,
Grant Proposal Consulting ENG/DMII-443-537, 2002.
Decision Theory with Applications to Engineering Design.

The Black and Decker Corporation,
Research Award, 1998.
Contributions to Simulation and Optimization.

Maryland Department of Transportation,
Contract No. 4-30135, 1997.
Questionnaire Design and Statistical Data Analysis for the Assessment of the Status of Current and Planned IT Environment.

National Science Foundation,
Grant, CCR-9505732, 1995.
Optimization of Discrete-event Simulation Models: Single-Run-Based Approaches.

Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA),
Contract No. 4-35510, 1993.
A Prototype Decision Support System for Lab Inspection: Labs Selection, Routing, and Scheduling.

The Black and Decker Corporation,
Research Award, 1988.
Contributions to Applied Statistics.

Bowie State University Educational Foundation,
Contract No. 52-0952758, 1987.
Computational Aspect of Power Spectral Density for Coastal Zone Color Scanner Data.

The Black and Decker Corporation,
Research Award, 1987.
Contributions to Operations Research.

University of Baltimore Educational Foundation,
Research Grants, 1985-1993.
Most of published research work during this period are supported by these Internal Grants.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
Grant NAG 1-179, 1982.
Generalized K-S Goodness-of-Fit, (Doctoral Dissertation).

Office of Naval Research,
Contract N00014-75-C-0729, Project NR 347 020, 1982.
Numerical Methods for Transient Solution of Machine Repair Problem.

Technical Lectures & Workshops:

Described below are the topics of my past workshops and a sample of my audience. Because each workshop designed and delivered for the interests of different groups of audience, my workshops vary in selection of subjects, levels, duration, and organization. The following is a list of most popular subjects of my technical lectures and workshops at three difference levels (Basic, Intermediate, and Advance levels):

System Simulation, Statistical Quality Control, Optimization in practice, Making Good decisions, Production and Operations Activity, Forecasting Techniques, Statistical Data Analysis, Survival Data Analysis, Decision Technologies, Logistic Regression Analysis, Software and Hardware Reliability, Management and Organization of Research and Development, Multivariate Data Analysis, Taguchi's Quality Control, Operations Research in Engineering Management.

Computer and Web-Assisted Learning Concepts & Techniques: Appropriate Web-based tools and computer software such as PC-SIMSCRIPT, MODSIM, Maple, LINDO, SPSS-X, Web-based software, SPSS-TREND, SAS, and E-labs JavaScript Interactive Learning Objects are used throughout my Technical Lectures & Workshops, to enhance and enrich the audience body of knowledge by hand-on experience.

Kindly contact me for further information in designing and developing a successful workshop that meets your needs including the scope, purpose, and its duration. Thank you.

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Journals Affiliation & Editorial Duties:

The Journal of Global Good Governance, Ethics and Leaderships, Associate Editor, (2013-   ). It will begin publishing in mid-2014.

Organization: The Journal of Management, Information Systems and Human Resources,
International Advisory Committee (2013-   ).

Scientific Journal of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (SJMIE),
International Editorial Board Member (2013-   ).

The Journal of Information & Optimization Sciences,
Senior Associate Editor (2012-   ).

IASTED International Conferences,
International Scientific Committee Member   (2002-   ).

International Journal of Ecological Economics & Statistics,
Associate Editor   (2006-   ).

International Computing Sciences Conferences,
International Scientific Committee Member   (1998-   ).

International Journal of Statistics and Systems,
Senior Associate Editor   (2004-   ).

International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research,
Editorial Board Member   (2008-   ).

International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences,
Senior Associate Editor   (2008-  ).

InterStat: Statistics on the Internet,
Editor   (1998-   ).

Journal of Interdisciplinary Mathematics,
Senior Associate Editor (1997-   ).

Operations Research Directory, for the AOL, Google, Netscape and hundreds of others search engines,
Editor   (1998-  ).

Senior Associate Editor, Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, 1989-2005.
Executive Peer-Reviewer, Educational Technology & Society Journal, 1997-2005.
International Scientific Committee Member, International Symposium on Adaptive Systems, 2001.
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Business and Economics, 1988-1989.
Editorial Board Member, Modeling and Simulation,, Vol. 23, 1992.
Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Operations & Quantitative Management, 1994-2012.
Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Statistical Reasoning, 1997-2002.
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Applied Business Research, 1989-1993.
Editorial Board Member, Journal of End User Computing, 1989-1996.

Reviewer of books, book proposals on General Operations Research, Systems Modelling & Simulation, and Applied Probability & Statistics for the major publishers such as Cambridge University Press, and John Wiley &Sons, among others, since 1983.

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