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Gary Waissi


Gary WaissiProfessor
Technological Entrepreneurship and Management Program
Mail Code: 2080


Waissi’s research and teaching covers probability, statistics, operations research and systems engineering. His research has focused on probability distribution theory, linear programming- and network optimization algorithms, as well as systems analysis and modeling.  He has 20 refereed publications, 13 research reports and software programs, one book, and three patents and one patent pending. His first book, Applied Statistical Modeling (AMS) is an electronic book available at This book is widely used by students and practitioners around the world.

Waissi has given 25 presentations at national- and international conferences (INFORMS, SAE, CORS, EURO, DSI), and has served on numerous conference organizing committees globally. Waissi’s teaching experience expands for 30 years as a faculty- or adjunct faculty at the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and currently at Arizona State University. He has taught regular academic courses in systems engineering, probability- and statistics, operations research/management science at both undergraduate- and graduate levels, as well as, strategic management and information systems at the undergraduate level. He has also taught several executive education seminars globally.

He is currently Professor of Technological Entrepreneurship and Management at the Polytechnic School, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University. From 2008-2009 he served as Associate Vice President of Global Academic Programming at OVPGE, Arizona State University, from 2006-2008 as Dean and Professor of the School of Global Management and Leadership, Arizona State University, and from 1998 to 2005 (2006) as Dean and Professor of the School of Management, University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Waissi received his master degree in civil engineering-transportation (Diplom Ingenieur) from the University of Technology Darmstadt, Germany; his Licentiate of Engineering degree from the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland; and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the College of Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Ph.D. civil engineering, transportation focus operations research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1985
Licentiate of Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology (Teknillinen korkeakoulu; now Aalto University), Finland, 1989
Diplom-Ingenieur, Darmstadt University of Technology (Technische Universität Darmstadt), Germany, 1975


Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland, President of the Republic of Finland, Tarja Halonen, December 6, 2006; Professor of Emeritus of Operations Research, University of Michigan, July 2006


Since 2011, Dr. Waissi serves as the Honorary Consul of Finland to Arizona and New Mexico.