Ronald A. Howard

Ronald A. Howard
Professor (by courtesy), Operations, Information & Technology
Contact Info
Professor of Management Science and Engineering, School of Engineering


Improving the quality of decisions, life-and-death decision making, the creation of a coercion-free society.

Academic Degrees

  • ScD, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, 1958
  • EE, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, 1957
  • MS, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, 1956
  • BS, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, 1955

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford since 1965
  • Professor, Department of Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University
  • Director, Decision and Ethics Center, Stanford University
  • Assistant-Associate Professor and Associate Director of Operations Research Center, MIT, 1958-1965


Journal Articles

Ronald A. Howard. Utility Theories: Measurements and Applications; Studies in Risk and Uncertainty . 1992, Vol. 3, Pages 27-55.
Ronald A. Howard. Management Science. 1989, Vol. 35, Issue 8, Pages 903-922.
Ronald A. Howard. Management Science. 1988, Vol. 34, Issue 6, Pages 679-695.
Ronald A. Howard. Societal Risk Assessment. Springer, 1980.
Ronald A. Howard. The Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Operational Research, ed. D. B. Hertz and J. Melese. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1966.

Service to the Profession


  • INFORMS, Operational Research Society (United Kingdom)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers