Author Biographies

Jerry Banks
Jerry Banks retired in June, 1999 as Professor, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. He then worked for two years as Senior Simulation Technology Advisor, Brooks Automation, Planning and Logistics Solutions, AutoMod Product Team. He is currently an independent consultant. He teaches short courses in supply chain management and creativity throughout the world. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of eleven books, one set of proceedings, several chapters in texts, and numerous technical papers. He is the editor of the Handbook of Simulation, published in 1998 by John Wiley. This book won the award for Excellence in Engineering Handbooks from the Professional Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers, Inc. He is the co-author, with John Carson, Barry Nelson, and David Nicol of Discrete-Event Systems Simulation, Fourth Edition, published by Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2005. He is also author of the text Getting Started with AutoMod, Second Edition, published by Brooks Automation in 2004. He is the co-author of Introduction to SIMAN V and CINEMA V, published by John Wiley, New York, in 1995. He is also the co-author of Getting Started with GPSS/H, Second Edition, published by Wolverine Software Corporation, Annandale, Virginia, in 1995. Other titles include the co-authored text Forecasting and Management of Technology published in 1991 and the single-authored text Principles of Quality Control published in 1989, both by John Wiley, New York. He teaches short courses on simulation, creativity, and supply chain management throughout the world. He was a founding partner in the simulation-consulting firm Carson/Banks & Associates, Inc. located in Atlanta. The firm was purchased by AutoSimulations, Inc. (now part of Brooks Automation) in May of 1994. He is a full member of many technical societies including the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) for which he served eight years as that organization's representative to the Board of the Winter Simulation Conference, including two years as Board Chair. He is the recipient of the INFORMS College on Simulation Distinguished Service Award for 1999. He was named a Fellow of IIE in 2002.
John Carson, II
John S. Carson II is the consulting technical manager for the AutoMod Product Group of Brooks Software, a division of Brooks Automation. He has over 30 years experience in simulation in a wide range of application areas, including manufacturing, material handling, warehousing and distribution, transportation, container terminals and bulk-handling ports, and health care systems. He has been with the AutoMod group for 10 years. Currently, he is involved in the design of next-generation simulation products and in the development of tools to speed up model development for semi-conductor manufacturing, distribution centers, and other areas of special interest. Previously, he co-founded and managed Carson/Banks & Associates, an independent simulation services company, for 8 years. He has taught simulation and operations research at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Florida and the University of Wisconsin. He is the co-author of two university level textbooks. An active participant in the Winter Simulation Conference, he was its General Chair in 1998.
Barry Nelson
Barry L. Nelson is the James N. and Margie M. Krebs Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University, and is Director of the Master of Engineering Management Program there. His research focus is on the design and analysis of computer simulation experiments on models of discrete-event, stochastic systems, including applications in manufacturing, services and transportation. His current interest is using simulation to search for the best of a very large number of potential system designs, often called "optimization via simulation." Nelson's work has been consistently funded by the National Science Foundation, and he has published numerous papers and two books, including Discrete-Event System Simulation, 4th edition (Prentice Hall, 2005). In 1997, an award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers Operations Research Division for lifetime contributions to the field recognized this body of work.

Nelson has served the profession as the Simulation Area Editor of Operations Research and President of the INFORMS (then TIMS) College on Simulation. He has held many positions for the annual Winter Simulation Conference, including Program Chair in 1997 and Chair of its Board of Directors, representing the INFORMS Simulation Society.

While at Ohio State University, Nelson received the Alpha Pi Mu Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award in Industrial and Systems Engineering; the Charles E. MacQuigg Outstanding Teacher Award in the College of Engineering; and the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching among all faculty at Ohio State. At Northwestern University he has received the Graduate Teaching Award in IEMS many times, was named the McCormick Teacher of the Year in the School of Engineering in 1998, received the Northwestern University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award among all NU faculty in 2003, and was awarded the 2004 Excellence in Teaching Operations Research Award by the Institute of Industrial Engineers Operations Research Division.

Further information can be found at his home site

David Nicol
David M. Nicol is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a long time contributor in the field of parallel and distributed discrete-event simulations, having written one of the early Ph.D. theses on the topic. He has also worked in parallel algorithms, algorithms for mapping workload in parallel architectures, performance analysis, and reliability modeling and analysis. His research contributions extend to well over 150 articles in leading computer science journals and conferences. His research is largely driven by problems encountered in industry and government---he has worked closely with researchers at NASA, IBM, AT&T, Bellcore, and Sandia National Laboratories. His current interests lie in modeling and simulation of very large systems, particularly communications and other infrastructure, with applications in evaluating system security. From 1996-2003 he served as Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation. He has served as program and general chair of several performance/modeling oriented conferences; in particular he is the General Chair of the 2006 Winter Simulation Conference. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Additional information about his research is at his Project Moses web site.