New Dean at Wharton: Dr. Harker
Patrick T. Harker, a distinguished member of the faculty of the Wharton
School for more than 15 years, has been named dean of the school, according
to University President Judith Rodin. The appointment will become effective
upon confirmation by the Trustees of the University on February 18, 2000.
Dr. Harker, who is the UPS Transportation Professor of the Private Sector
and professor of operations and information management at Wharton, has served
as interim dean of the Wharton School since July 1, 1999. He has a secondary
appointment in the department of systems engineering in the School of Engineering
and Applied Science at Penn and is a senior fellow of the Wharton Financial
"Pat Harker is recognized as one of the brightest young minds in
America," Dr. Rodin said. "His is an extraordinary record of accomplishment
and leadership, as a teacher, researcher, consultant to government and industry
and as a university citizen.
"We are pleased that our search, which has been one of the most
exhaustive and thorough ever conducted at Penn, has led us back to a distinguished
member of the Penn family, and we believe America's premier business school
will have the benefit of his superb leadership for many years to come."
Dr. Harker has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for
his teaching, including the 1998 David W. Hauck Award for Outstanding Teaching
in the Undergraduate Division at Wharton. He also was the recipient of the
1992 Miller-Sherrerd MBA Core Teaching Award at Wharton. He was the Laurent
Picard Distinguished Lecturer (1998) at McGill University, Montreal. He
also was the CORE Lecturer (1993) at the Center for Operations Research
and Econometrics at the Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Dr. Harker
was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator
Award in 1986-91.
His research interests have focused on service operations management
and economics; information systems, with particular emphasis on business-to-business
electronic commerce; financial service operations and technology; and operations
research methodology, with emphasis on mathematical programming. His research
has been funded by the federal government, foundations and the corporate
sector, including the NSF, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Burlington Northern
Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad, the AT&T Program in Telecommunications
Technology and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Dr. Harker holds U.S. Copyright No. 441-941 (with Dejan Jovanovic) for
Scheduler Analyzer II: SCAN II, which was issued on Oct. 15, 1990;
and U.S. Patent No. 5,177.684 (with Dejan Jovanovic) for A Method for
Analyzing and Generating Optimal Transportation Schedules for Vehicles such
as Trains and Controlling the Movement of Vehicles in Response Thereto,
which was issued Jan. 5, 1993; Australian Patent No. 644664, which was issued
April 22, 1994; and Canadian Patent Application 2,046,984-6, which was filed
July 12, 1991.
He has been a consultant to numerous corporations, including Furash,
Inc., Union Pacific Railroad, Software A&E, Inc., Zeta-Tech, Associates,
Chena Software laboratory, Maxima, Inc., as well as to the Federal Bureau
of Investigation, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Dr. Harker is the author of nine books, monographs and edited volumes,
including Performance of Financial Institutions, with S.A. Zenios,
which is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, as well as book chapters,
cases, book and software reviews, refereed and other publications.
He is editor-in-chief of the journal Operations Research (1996-present),
and he is a member of the editorial boards of Computational Optimization
and Applications, the Journal of Service Research, Transportation Research
and International Studies in the Service Economy.
Dr. Harker is a member of the American Economic Association, the International
Federation of Operations Research/Management Science, the Mathematical Programming
Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Dr. Harker joined the Wharton faculty as the Stephen M. Peck Term Assistant
Professor of Decision Sciences in 1984, was appointed associate professor
of decision sciences in 1987 and UPS Transportation Professor of the Private
Sector in 1991. He was a visiting scholar in the department of operations
research at Stanford University (1989) and a member of the faculty at the
University of California, Santa Barbara (1983-84).
Dr. Harker was one of 16 men and women throughout the country named
as a White House Fellow by President George W. Bush in 1991-92, serving
as a special assistant to the director of the FBI, responsible for the director's
technology issues. He served as coordinator of both Wharton's Decision Sciences
Ph.D. Program (1986-88) and its Operations and Information Management Ph.D.
Program (1993-94). Dr. Harker was director of the Fishman-Davidson Center
for the Study of the Service Sector at Wharton (1989-94). He was chair of
the department of operations and information management at Wharton (1997-99)
prior to his appointment as interim dean.
Dr. Harker received four degrees from Penn: a bachelor's and master's
degrees in civil and urban engineering in 1981 and a master's degree in
economics and a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering in 1983.