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Jonathan P. Caulkins

Jonathan P. Caulkins

H. Guyford Stever University Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy

Jon Caulkins has been on the Heinz College faculty since 1990, with leaves of absence to be co-director of RAND’s Drug Policy Research Center in Santa Monica (1994-1996), to found RAND’s Pittsburgh Office (1999-2001), and to teach at Carnegie Mellon’s campus in Doha, Qatar (2005-2011).

At the Heinz School he was director of the Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) program and served as interim Associate Dean for Faculty. He did his undergraduate work in engineering and computer science at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned masters degrees in Systems Science and Mathematics (Washington University, 1987) and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (MIT, 1989) and a Ph.D. in Operations Research (MIT, 1990).

Caulkins serves or has served on the editorial board of Management Science, Operations Research, Mathematical and Computer Modelling, the Journal of Drug Issues, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, and I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, and has refereed for over 85 different journals.

Caulkins has taught decision making, mathematical, and spreadsheet modeling on four continents to students from over 50 countries, including those at the Heinz School (masters students in public policy, medical management, biotechnology management, healthcare policy, information systems, and network security) and elsewhere, including undergraduates in mathematics at the Vienna Technical University, business and computer science students at Carnegie Mellon’s Qatar campus, and PhD students at the RAND Graduate School, as well as executive education for Carnegie Mellon (CIO Institute) and Harvard (Crime and Drug Policy).

Courses Taught

  • 94-833 - Decision Analysis and Multicriteria Decision Making
  • 90-722 - Management Science I: Optimization & Multicriteria Methods
  • 90-760 - Management Science II

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