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Bill Klimack

Professor

Contact Information

Office: CEC 124
Email: bill.klimack@ou.edu

Education

Ph.D., Operations Research, US Air Force Institute of Technology

M.M.A.S., US Army Command and Staff College

M.S., Applied Mathematics, Johns Hopkins University

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University

Biography

Bill Klimack, PhD PE CAP CSEP, has over 35 years of experience analyzing and solving tough problems, both as an operations research analyst and in management. Most recently he was the Chevron Oil Company Decision Analysis Job Family Manager, leading the largest decision analysis organization in the world.  A retired US Army Colonel, he was on the faculty of the US Military Academy at West Point.  There he was the Director of the Operations Research and Systems Engineering programs, the OR consulting center, and served as Head of the Department of Systems Engineering. 

Other U.S. Army leadership experience included commanding an infantry battalion, serving as US Forces Chief of Staff in Haiti, and as Chief of Operations of the 27,000-person 101st Airborne Division.  Following his Army career, consulting work involved government, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical decision analysis clients. 

He has a BS in chemical engineering from Lehigh University, a MS in applied mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, a MMAS from the US Army Command and Staff College, and PhD in operations research from the US Air Force Institute of Technology.  He is a Certified System Engineering Professional, a licensed Professional Engineer, and a Fellow of the Society of Decision Professionals, the UK Royal Geographical Society, the National Speleological Society, and the Explorers Club.  He is a recipient of the Decision Analysis Society Practice Award and an employee when Chevron received the Raiffa-Howard Award for Organizational Decision Quality and the INFORMS Prize for effective integration of advanced analytics and operations research/management sciences. 

He is a past President of the Society of Decision Professionals and a former Vice President of Meetings for the Institute of Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS).  He was Co-Chair of the INFORMS Analytics Certification Task Force that established the Certified Analytics Professional credential.  He chaired both the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference and the 6,000-participant 2017 Annual Meeting.  He is one of the co-founders of the INFORMS Soft Skills Workshop, which was held for many years in conjunction with the Analytics Conference.