Title: Professor Emeritus, Researcher
Company: University of Michigan
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Thomas J. Schriber, PhD, Professor Emeritus and Researcher for the University of Michigan, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in computer science.
An expert in discrete event simulation and an award-winning professional regarded by the National Science Foundation and College of Simulation, Dr. Schriber has met with tremendous success in his illustrious career. Driven by his passion, professionalism and integrity, he attributes his achievements to hard work and a combination of an excellent education and dedicated work style. After achieving a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame in 1957, he pursued a graduate program in engineering at the University of Michigan. While there, Dr. Schriber took an elective course in computing and became fascinated by this new area of study; however, there wasn’t any degree programs being offering in computing at the time. He went on to earn two master’s degrees in engineering and mathematics in 1958 and 1959, followed by a PhD in 1964.
After teaching for several years at the higher education level, Dr. Schriber was afforded the opportunity to join the faculty at Eastern Michigan University, where his strong interest in computing was finally realized. As the industry was growing, the college was interested in introducing a program in computing; Dr. Schriber was headhunted for the role. Notably, he established its Academic Computing Center, which was comprised of various courses for credit. After spending several years in this role, he joined the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business (now the Steven M. Ross School of Business) to foster its MBA computing program. Dr. Schriber would remain with the university for the next five decades, achieving success in new areas of computerized digital technology that had never been done before. While establishing the computing courses, he obtained funding from IBM to establish summer programming, which resulting in publications entitled “FORTRAN Applications in Business Administration, Volumes I, II, and III,” which were donated to the libraries of circa 500 accredited Business Schools in the United States, setting best practices for this new area of study. The summer course was also offered two more times in 1973, with more than 300 business school faculty completing the program.
Known in his industry as an expert and leader, Dr. Schriber regularly attended and participated in the annual “Winter Simulation Conference.” During these conferences, Dr. Schriber would share the programs he created, including a corresponding two-course sequence in the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business. The language chosen for the courses was IBM’s “General Purpose Simulation System.” The intent was to share his and sponsor the offering of the course in various cities several times per year. His work in this area led Dr. Schriber in achieving a Lifetime Professional Achievement Award in 2001, a Landmark Paper Award in 2007, a Titan of Simulation award in 2009, and a Pioneer of Simulation designation in 2013.
As he looks to the future, Dr. Schriber intends to continue enjoying his retirement while taking on passion projects.
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