Bruce Golden received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and his masters and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty of the University of Maryland Business School in 1976 and served as a Department Chairman from 1980 to 1996. Currently, he is the France-Merrick Chair in Management Science in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. His research interests include heuristic search, combinatorial optimization, networks, and applied operations research. Bruce has received numerous awards, including the Thomas L. Saaty Prize (1994 and 2005), the University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award (2000), the INFORMS Award for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice (2003), and the INFORMS Computing Society Prize (2005). He was named an INFORMS Fellow in 2004. Since 1999, Bruce has served as Editor-in-Chief of NETWORKS. Before that, he was Editor-in-Chief of the INFORMS Journal on Computing.
In addition, he has received numerous contracts and grants, has consulted for a wide variety of organizations, and has served on the Board of Directors of several high-tech companies based in Maryland. In 1980, he founded a management consulting company with several colleagues. The focus was on business logistics. Clients included IBM, UPS, the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army, Federal Express, Toyota, DuPont, and many others. In the late 1980’s, Bruce co-founded a second company, specializing in the design and sales of vehicle routing software. He and his partners successfully grew these companies and sold them in late 1998. The surviving company is RouteSmart Technologies, Inc. When Federal Express delivers packages to homes each and every day, it uses RouteSmart software. When the U.S. Postal Service delivers packages for Amazon every Sunday, it uses RouteSmart software.
Bruce Golden was selected as the second VeRoLog Fellow (and first non-European) in July 2017. The VeRoLog Fellow title is awarded by the board of the European Working Group on Vehicle Routing and Logistics Optimization to an individual who throughout his or her professional career has made fundamental and sustained contributions to vehicle routing and logistics optimization, and has influenced the field through his or her writings, teaching, service, and nurturing of younger professionals. In addition, in 2018 he was nominated and selected as a recipient of the George E. Kimball Medal for distinguished service to INFORMS and to the profession of operations research and management sciences. In 2019, Professor Golden received the Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science & Logistics.