Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart is the Ford Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has served as the Associate Dean of Engineering, as the Director of the Transportation@MIT Initiative, and as a Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the Engineering Systems Division. She has also served at MIT as Interim Dean of the School of Engineering, and co-director of both the Center for Transportation and Logistics and the Operations Research Center. She has served in editorial positions for Operations Research, Transportation Science, and Management Science. She is the former president of INFORMS, of the INFORMS Women in Operations Research/ Management Science Forum and of the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society. Her work has been published in several books and in research journals such as Transportation Science, Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, and Annals of Operations Research.
Chancellor Barnhart’s awards and honors include membership in the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the Franz Edelman 2nd Prize for Achievement in Operations and the Management Sciences, the Junior Faculty Career Award from the General Electric Foundation, the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, the INFORMS First Prize Award for Best Paper in Transportation Science & Logistics, and the INFORMS award for the Advancement of Women in Operations Research and Management Science.
Chancellor Barnhart earned her S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985 and 1988, respectively.