Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 24, Section 1
A Short History of Innovation in American Business and Technology (1 unit, P/NP)
Professor C. Roger Glassey
Thursday 3:00-4:00, 30 Wheeler Hall, Class number: 46271
We will discuss "The Business of America" by John Steele Gordon. This is an unusual history because it consists of vignettes of individual people who were significant innovators. I expect each student to have a copy and be prepared to participate in discussions by reading the assigned articles before class. This seminar is part of the Food for Thought Seminar Series.
Professor Glassey's undergraduate degree was from Cornell in Mechanical Engineering, followed by a year at the University of Manchester, England, three years in the Navy, and six years as an engineer for Eastman Kodak. During this time, he completed a MS in Applied Mathematics at the University of Rochester. He then returned to Cornell for a PhD in Operations Research. Professor Glassey joined the Berkeley faculty in 1965. His research interests included planning and scheduling of semiconductor manufacturing, solid waste management, and modeling of energy-economic interactions. In 1980, he spent two years. in the Energy Information Administration in Washington where he directed a group of individuals who built and ran several large-scale models to study that topic. Since retiring, he has taught robotics for undergraduates, using Lego Mindstorms kits.