William Pulleyblank, Ph.D.
William R. Pulleyblank is a Professor of Operations Research in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and holder of the Class of 1950 Chair of Advanced Technology.
He joined USMA from IBM, where he was Vice President, responsible for the Business Analytics and Optimization function within IBM Global Services. Prior to this, in IBM Research, the activities he led included the Blue Gene project, which created the supercomputer certified as the most powerful in the world from 2004 to 2008.
Prior to joining IBM in 1990, Dr. Pulleyblank was a Full Professor and holder of the CP/NSERC Chair of Optimization and Computer Applications at the University of Waterloo.
He has served on a number of boards and advisory panels, including the Advisory Committee of the Division of Mathematics & Physical Sciences of the NSF and the Board on Mathematical Sciences of the NRC. He is a member of the Board of The Institute for Quantum Computing and The Scientific Advisory Committee of the Council of Canadian Academies.
Dr. Pulleyblank has been awarded honorary degrees from The College of St. Rose and from McMaster University. In 2005 he was awarded a Faculty of Mathematics Alumni Achievement Medal by the University of Waterloo and an Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of contributions to the province of Alberta. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of INFORMS, the international operations research and management science society and in 2011 .
In 2008, the Blue Gene project which he led was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and in 2010 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.