Edward H Kaplan SM, MCP, SM

William N & Marie A Beach Professor of Operations Research; Professor of Engineering; Professor of Public Health

Biographical Info

Edward H. Kaplan obtained his BA from McGill University with First Class Honors in Economic and Urban Geography, and proceeded to graduate study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he completed three masters’ degrees (in Operations Research, City Planning, and Mathematics) in addition to his doctorate in Urban Studies. He currently serves as the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Management Sciences at the Yale School of Management, Professor of Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine, and Professor of Engineering in the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. An elected member of both the National Academy of Engineering (2003) and the Institute of Medicine (2004), Kaplan is an expert in operations research, mathematical modeling and statistics who studies problems in public policy and management. His recent research has focused on counterterror topics such as the tactical prevention of suicide bombings, bioterror preparedness, and response logistics in the event of a smallpox or anthrax attack. His work on smallpox was awarded the 2003 Koopman Prize of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Military Applications Society, while his models evaluating suicide-bomber-detector schemes received the same award in 2005. Kaplan serves on the National Academy of Sciences panel on basic research to improve intelligence analysis, and co-directs the Daniel Rose Technion-Yale Initiative in Homeland Security and Counter Terror Operations Research. Kaplan has also conducted award-winning research that evaluates the effectiveness of HIV prevention programs while developing new mathematical models for the study of HIV transmission, prevention, and resource allocation. His empirical and modeling research demonstrating the effectiveness of New Haven’s needle exchange program remains among the most creative and important examples of HIV prevention program evaluation to date. Honors for his HIV-related research include induction into the Omega Rho operations research honor society in 2000, the 2002 INFORMS President’s Award recognizing work that advances the welfare of society, the 1997 Ira Hiscock Award of the Connecticut Public Health Association, the 1994 Lanchester Prize for the best publications in the operations research literature, the 1992 Franz Edelman Award for management science achievement, the 1991 State of Connecticut Health Department’s AIDS Leadership Award, the 2009 Charles C. Shepard Science Award from the Centers for Disease Control, and the INFORMS Philip Morse Lectureship for 2010-11. Kaplan served twice as the Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem—in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine in 1994, and in the Department of Statistics in 1997 -- and is also an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. For all of his contributions to the operations research profession, Kaplan was designated an INFORMS Fellow in November 2005.

International Activity

  • Counterterrorism
    This research constructs mathematical and statistical models to evaluate counterterrorism measures. Detailed analysis has been completed thus far regarding the tactical prevention of suicide bombings in Israel, the difference between allocating resources to counter strategic threats (such as those posed by terrorists) versus natural threats governed by the laws of chance (such as those posed by earthquakes, floods, new infectious diseases, etc.), confronting entrenched insurgents, estimating the number of undetected terror plots in progress via the terror queue model, staffing models for covert counterterrorism agencies, the detection and emergency response to bioterror attacks involving smallpox or anthrax. and an overview of intelligence operations research with applications to counterterrorism.

Education & Training

McGill University (1977)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1979)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1979)
Massachusetts (1982)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984)

Honors & Recognition

  • October 2009: Philip McCord Morse Lectureship
    Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (2009)
  • Elected Member
    Institute of Medicine (11/2004)
  • Elected Member
    Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (3/2004)
  • Alumni Teaching Award
    Yale School of Management (5/1991)
  • Charles C. Shepard Science Award, Assessment and Epidemiology
    Centers for Disease Control and prevention (2009)
  • Fellow
    Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (11/2005)
  • Ira V. Hiscock Award
    Connecticut Public Health Association (1997)
  • AIDS Leadership Award
    Connecticut Department of Health Services (12/1991)
  • Koopman Prize
    Military Applications Section, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (11/2005)
  • Elected Member
    National Academy of Engineering (2/2003)
  • Elm Ivy Award
    New Haven Foundation (5/1991)
  • Koopman Prize
    Military Applications Section, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (10/2003)
  • President's Award
    Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (11/2002)
  • Lady Davis Visiting Professor
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1/1997)
  • Frederick W. Lanchester Prize
    Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (10/1995)
  • Lady Davis Visiting Professor
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1/1994)
  • Franz Edelman Management Science Achievement Award
    The Institute of Management Sciences (4/1992)
  • Elected to three year term as President-Elect (2015), President (2016) and Past-President (2017)
    INFORMS (2014)

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