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Stanley Zionts

Alumni Professor Emeritus of Decision Support Systems
UB Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Management Science and Systems Department
Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Industrial Engineering


PhD, Carnegie-Mellon University
MS, Carnegie-Mellon University
BS, Carnegie-Mellon University


Zionts' interests include mathematical programming, multiple criteria decision making, decision support systems, entrepreneurship, management strategy and negotiation. He has published more than 100 articles and several books. He was a visiting professor at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Brussels, and he has made presentations at numerous conferences and universities. Zionts founded and served as the first president of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making, and was awarded the Gold Medal Award and the Presidential Service Award by that organization.

Selected Publications

Wallenius, J., J. Dyer, P. Fishburn, R. Steuer, S. Zionts, and D. Kalyanmoy, "Multiple Criteria Decision Making; Multiattribute Utility Theory: Recent Accomplishments and What Lies Ahead", Forthcoming in Management Science

J. E. Aronson and S. Zionts, eds., OPERATIONS RESEARCH: METHODS, MODELS AND APPLICATIONS, Proceedings of a Conference in Honor of Gerald L. Thompson on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday, Quorum Books, Westport, Ct., 1998.

Koksalan, M., and S. Zionts, eds., Multiple Criteria Decision Making in the New Millenium: Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making, Ankara, Turkey, July, 2000, Springer-Verlag, Vol. 507, Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems, 2001.

Ehtamo, H. et al., and S. Zionts, "Generating Pareto Solutions in Two-Party Negotiations by Adjusting Artificial Constraints", Management Science Vol. 45, No. 12, December, 1999, pp. 1697-1709.

Kasanen, E., H. Wallenius, J. Wallenius, and S. Zionts, "A Study of High-Level Managerial Decision Process, with Implications for Decision Science Research", European Journal of Operations Research, Vol.120, No. 3, February 1, 2000, pp. 496-510.

Vroblefski, M., R. Ramesh, and S. Zionts, "Efficient Lot Sizing Under a Differential Transportation Cost Structure for Serially Distributed Warehouses", European Journal of Operational Research Vol. 127, No. 3, pp. 574-593, 2000.

Vroblefski, M., R. Ramesh, and S. Zionts, "General Open and Closed Queuing Networks with Blocking: A Unified Framework for Approximation." INFORMS Journal on Computing, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 299-316, 2000.

Gopal, R. D., R. Ramesh, and S. Zionts, "Cascade Graphs: Design, Analysis, and Algorithms for Relational Joins," INFORMS Journal of Computing, 13, 1, Winter, 2001, 2-28.

Gopal, R. D., R. Ramesh, and S. Zionts, "Criss-Cross Hash Joins: Design and Analysis", IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 13, 4, July/August, 2001, 637-653.

Joro, T., Korhonen, P., and S. Zionts, "An Interactive Approach to Improve Estimates of Value Efficiency in Data Envelopment Analysis, European Journal of Operational Research, 149 (2003) 688-699.

Wang, J. G. and S. Zionts, "The Aspiration Level Interactive Method (AIM) Reconsidered: Robustness of Solutions to Multiple Criteria Problems", European Journal of Operational Research, 175 (2006) 948-958.

Professional Associations

  • International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making (President, 1979 - 1992)
  • The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
  • Associate Editor, Management Science, 1980 - 2005
  • Associate Editor, Naval Research Logistics, 1982 - 2005
  • Associate Editor, Group Decision and Negotiation, 1991 - present
  • Co­Editor, Journal of Multicriteria Decision Analysis, 1991 - present

International Activities

  • Taught at the School of Management's programs in Riga, Latvia (June - August 1993), in Montpellier, France (September - December, 1991), in Dalian, China (1985-1991), and in Beijing, China (2000 and 2002)
  • Member of the Organizing Committee of and speaker at the Fifteenth International MCDM Conference in Ankara, Turkey, sponsored by the International Society for Multiple Criteria Decision Making, July 10-14, 2000.
  • Member of the Organizing Committee of and participant in the Sixteenth International MCDM Conference in Semmering, Austria, sponsored by the International Society for Multiple Criteria Decision Making, February 18-22, 2002.

Awards and Recognition

  • Awarded an honorary doctorate, Helsinki School of Economics, 2006
  • Named a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, 2006
  • Named a UB Distinguished Professor, State University of New York, 2002
  • 1992 Gold Medal Award and Presidential Service Award given by the International Society of Multiple Criteria Decision Making, presented at the International Meeting in Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Presented with a Festschrift, Karwan, M. H., J. Spronk, and J. Wallenius, (eds.) Essays in Decision Making, A Volume in Honour of Stanley Zionts, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1997.
  • MBA Professor of the Year, UB School of Management, 1999-2000.

Other Experience

  • Review research proposals for the National Science Foundation and other agencies.
  • Chairman of the ORSA/TIMS Visiting Lecture Program (1989-1990).
  • Part-time ski instructor and certified member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America, Park City Mountain Resort, Park City, Utah
  • Fluent in French and speaks Mandarin Chinese.
  • Occasionally interviewed by local media (radio, TV, and newspaper) and published articles of management, economic and general interest.