Richard S. Barr, PhD

Title:  Associate Professor
Company:  Southern Methodist University
Location:  Dallas, Texas, United States 

Richard S. Barr, PhD, Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering education.

Since 2001, Dr. Barr has been an associate professor in the department of engineering management, information and systems (EMIS) at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. On top of this, he was a department chair in the EMIS department with the Lyle School of Engineering at the Southern Methodist University from 2001 to 2015. Other roles at Southern Methodist University include director of the telecommunications management research laboratory beginning in 1997, and director of the parallel processing laboratory from 1989 to 1997.

Dr. Barr pursued a formal education at the University of Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1966, a Master of Business Administration in 1972, and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1978. While earning his MBA, he discovered the operations research area. At this academic institution, he managed the business school’s computer center and the people within it. He has stayed in touch with those in the operations research program, including Fred Glover, who really sparked in him an interest in quantum business.

Now, Dr. Barr is an accomplished researcher and has written over 40 referenced journal publications with over 3,000 citations and an h-index of 25. He holds membership with the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences Computing Society, where he was chairman from 1997 to 1998. Aside from his professional pursuits, he enjoys computational optimizations and high-performance computing, including with quantum computers.

For all of his achievements throughout his career, Dr. Barr has received the Harvey J. Greenberg Award for Service from the INFORMS Computing Society in 2015. He also was named Outstanding Instructor by the National Technological University from 1991 to 1999 and again from 2001 to 2002. From 1993 to 2002, he was a grantee of the National Science Foundation.

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