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Richard E. Wendell

Professor of Business Administration

Business Analytics and Operations

Office: 262 Mervis Hall

Curriculum Vitae: 

  • PhD in Operations Research, Northwestern University (1971)
  • MS in Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh (1966)
  • BS in Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh (1965)

Richard E. Wendell is professor of business administration at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.

He received his PhD in operations research at Northwestern University and has previously served on the faculties of Ohio State University, Carnegie-Mellon University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition, he has held short-term appointments and research fellowships at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (Belgium), at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, and at Argonne National Laboratory.

Wendell teaches courses in decision technologies, project management, quantitative methods, and international research. He has received a number of teaching awards including the Distinguished Professor award in the Executive MBA program, the University of Pittsburgh Faculty Honor Roll, and several Katz Excellence-in-Teaching awards.

His research includes more than 50 papers on the theory and applications of decision technologies, and many have appeared in leading academic journals including Management Science, Operations Research, Mathematics of Operations Research, Mathematical Programming and Interfaces. In particular, he has published extensively in the areas of sensitivity analysis, facility location, multiple objective optimization, and project management, and his research has been supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation. Wendell has consulted for a number of companies and is very active teaching in executive programs.


  • Decision Technologies (for the Executive MBA and part-time programs)
  • Project Management (for the full- and part-time programs)
  • Quantitative Methods (Honors College and College of Business Administration)
  • International Research (Central and Eastern Europe)
  • "Evaluation of the Dynamic Efficiency of Croatian Towns," Central European Journal of Operations Research, 23 (3), July 2015 (with Dubravko Hunjet and Luka Neralic)
  • "Generalized Tolerance Sensitivity and DEA Metric Sensitivity," Croatian Operational Research Review, 6, March, 2015 (with Luka Neralic)
  • "An Application of DEA Categorical Models," Vincent Charles and Mukesh Kumar, Editors, Data Envelopment Analysis and Its Application to Management, Cambridge Scholars Publishing Ltd., November 2012 (with Dubravko Hunjet and Luka Neralic)
  • "The Impact of Non-Agility on Service Level and Project Duration," Decision Sciences, October 2012 (with K. Glowacka and T.J. Lowe)
  • "Exact Solution of Two Location Problems via Branch and Bound," H.A. Eiselt & Vladimir Marianov, Editors, Foundations of Location Analysis, Springer, 2011 (with T.J. Lowe)
  • "Tolerance Sensitivity Analysis: Thirty Years Later," Croatian Operational Research Review, 2010 (with Wei Chen)
  • "Tolerance Sensitivity and Optimality Bounds in Linear Programming," Management Science, June 2004.
  • "Sensitivity in DEA Using an Approximate Inverse Matrix," Journal of the Operational Research Society, 2004 (with Luke Neralic).
  • "Managing Risks in Projects with Decision Technologies," Frontiers of Project Management, D.P. Slevin, D.I. Cleland, and J.K. Pinto, Editors, Project Management Institute, 2002 (with T.J. Lowe).
  • "Screening Facility Location Strategies to Reduce Exchange Rate Risk," European Journal of Operations Research, February 2002 (with T. Lowe and G. Hu).
  • "Enhancing Competitiveness of the Customer Loan Center at Promistar Financial Corporation," Interfaces, May 2001 (with P. Mirchandani and G.G. Hegde).
  • "Linear Programming: The Tolerance Approach," Advances in Sensitivity Analysis and Parmetric Programming, T. Gal and H.J. Greenber, Editors, Kluwer, 1997.
  • "Location Theory, Dominance, and Covexity," reprinted in Location Theory, Modern Classics in Regional Science Series, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 1996 (with A.P. Hurter).
  • "Location by Competitive and Voting Processes," Discrete Location Theory, R.I. Francis and P.B. Mirchandani, Editors, Wiley 1991 (with P. Hansen and J. F. Thisse).

Consulting Activities:

Johnson Matthey Inc., Cook Myosity, Inc., First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Duquesne Light, BT Financial Corporation, First USA, Mill Service Company, Federal Laboratories, Analytical Assessments Corporation, New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, City of Pittsburgh, Argonne National Laboratory, Agency for International Development, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Traveling, making wine, working out, and dancing.