Arthur F. Veinott Jr. graduated from Lehigh in 1956 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a B.A. in Arts and Sciences. At Lehigh, Veinott was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi.
After graduating from Lehigh, Veinott earned his Eng.Sc.D. in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University in 1960 with a concentration in operations research. From 1960-1962 he served as a 1st Lieutenant and Operations Analyst for the United States Air Force.
In 1962, Veinott began his career at Stanford University, where he is currently Professor Emeritus. During his tenure at Stanford, Veinott spent a year at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York (1968-69), and a year at the company's Almaden Reserach Center in San Jose, California (1989-1990). He also took a sabbatical in 1972 to teach at Yale University for a year.
Veinott was a founding member of the Department of Operations Research at Stanford, and served as its Chair from 1975-1985. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Operations Research in the Department of Management Science and Engineering.
His main research focuses include stochastic, dynamic, qualitative, lattice, network, scale-economic and supply-chain optimization/games.
Professional Societies, Awards, and Honors
Veinott was involved in engineering societies dating back to his time at Lehigh when he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a liberal arts academic honor society, and Tau Beta Pi, the engineering equivalent. Since then he has served as a Council Member of the Institute of Management Science (1971-1973), and a Council Member of the Operations Research Society of America (1983-1986). He was also the Vice President of Publications for the Institute of Management Sciences from 1973-1976. Veinott was a Founding Editor of Mathematics of Operations Research, an international journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and served in this capacity from 1976-1980.
In 1970, Veinott was named a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Studies. Veinott was also a 1978 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
In 1986, Veinott was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. Acceptance into this society is considered by the scientific community to be one of the greatest honors an engineer can achieve.
Veinott is the recipient of a graduate teaching award, and is the author or coauthor of two of the fifty most influential papers in fifty years of Management Science chosen by the editorial board of that journal. He became an Inaugural Fellow of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) in 2002. Later, in 2007, he received the John Von Neumann Theory Prize which is awarded to an individual "who has made fundamental, sustained contributions to theory in operations research and the management sciences."