ANN ARBOR, MI, November 10, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to honor Thomas J. Schriber, PhD, with inclusion in Who's Who in the World. An accomplished listee, Dr. Schriber celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. Thomas J. Schriber, having had over 50 years of post-PhD professional employment, 50 of them at the UM (University of Michigan), has demonstrated success in a variety of positions he held. His roles include starting in 1963 as an Assistant Professor at Eastern Michigan University, where he introduced computing courses and founded and directed an academic computing center. Moving then to the UM Business School in 1966, he introduced and taught computer-based credit courses in the MBA program, including a two-course sequence in probabilistic discrete-event simulation. He also became the founder, director, and instructor for the Simulation Using GPSS (General Purpose Simulation Software) course for 24 years in the UM Engineering Summer Conferences. He was additionally the founder, director, and instructor at the UM of the IBM-funded and AACSB (American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business) endorsed two-week Business Faculty Summer Programs in Computing, with the course offerings taken by about 300 Business School Faculty from around the country. These programs resulted in fundamental publications entitled "FORTRAN Applications in Business Administration," Volumes I, II, and III, donated to numerous Business School libraries. He became a UM Associate Professor in 1969 and a Full Professor in 1972. From 1977-1980, he was one of six US members of the US-USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) Joint Science and Technology Exchange Agreement, giving simulation seminars in various USSR locations and hosting a group of USSR visitors at the UM. He has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Singapore, the Swiss Federal Technical University, and Stanford University.
Dr. Schriber is recognized for his expertise in probabilistic discrete-event simulation, which is a methodology for building computer-based models of systems and then conducting experiments with the models to make inferences about the probable behavior of these systems. His associated areas include the foundations of simulation software, variance-reduction techniques, and simulation applications in the design and control of manufacturing and transportation systems.
During his career, Dr. Schriber received a number of awards. In 2013 he received an NSF (National Science Foundation) Pioneer of Simulation designation in the Computer Simulation Archive at North Carolina State University. His oral history interview video is online there, at https//d.lib.ncsu.edu/computer-simulation. In 2009, he received a Titan of Simulation Award at the annual WSC (Winter Simulation Conference), the leading annual conference in discrete-event simulation. In 2007 he and Daniel T. Brunner received a Landmark Paper Award for their 1996 co-authored paper, "Inside Simulation Software: How It Works and Why It Matters," judged one of the ten best papers given in what was then the 40-year history of the WSC. In 2007 he also received the WSC Board of Directors Award for Distinguished Service. In 2001, Dr. Schriber received the Lifetime Professional Achievement Award given by what was then the INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) College of Simulation.
For nearly 50 years, Dr. Schriber was actively involved in the annual Winter Simulation Conference, where in addition to giving papers he has been a Program Chair and Proceedings Co-Editor, a member and chair of the WSC Board of Directors, and a member and chair of the WSC Foundation. He is currently a member and Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute, the European Simulation Society, INFORMS, and the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Dr. Schriber has authored a number of books, including "Simulation Using GPSS," with more than 40,000 copies produced in English, setting a record at the time, and an additional 10,000 copies in Russian. He held the position of associate editor for several professional journals, and was a guest co-editor for the Annals of Operations Research.
Looking back, Dr. Schriber attributes his success to his education, mentors he had along the way, and being dedicated in his endeavors. Now Emeritus, he enjoys reading, televised presentations, getting together with family and friends, travel, attending musical performances and plays, and Osher Lifetime Learning Institute presentations.
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