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Wilpen L. Gorr


Professor of Public Policy and Information Systems, Emeritus

Wil Gorr joined the Heinz College faculty in 1985. For ten years, until becoming emeritus, he served as the faculty chair of the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) program and was chair of the Faculty Oversight Committee for the MSPPM program in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining the Heinz College faculty as professor, he was associate professor at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Urban and Public Affairs, the Heinz College's predecessor, and obtained his master and bachelor degrees from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the Association of Public Policy and Management and the International Institute of Forecasters.

In 2011, Wil won the Martcia Wade Teaching Award in the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University for the second time. In 2005, Wil was inducted as a Fellow of the International Institute of Forecasters. He is past editor of the International Journal of Forecasting. He was recipient of the Best Paper Award from the American Information Systems Society in 2001.

Wil's research interests include geographic information systems, predictive models, and management science models applied to public sector problems. His current research includes developing leading indicator forecast models for law enforcement, application of the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) framework to time series analysis and forecasting, and information systems for support of policy and planning in organizations. His publications have appeared in Management Science, Geographical Analysis, The International Journal of Forecasting, Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, MIS Quarterly, and other leading journals. He has received funding from the National Institute of Justice, Centers for Disease Control, the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and other organizations.

Wil taught database, geographic information systems, and project courses. He and his colleague, Kristen Kurland, have written as series of geographic information systems textbooks for ESRI Press.

 

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