Richard Barr

Richard Barr

Associate Professor

Operations Research and Engineering Management


Phone: 214-768-1772
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Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 1978


  • Network and integer-programming optimization algorithms and models for large-scale industry applications
  • Computational data analytics including optimization-based machine learning and data fusion
  • High-performance classical and quantum computing methods for optimization
  • Empirical benchmarking and analysis of algorithms via computational experiments


Selected Awards and Recognition

  • Harvey J. Greenberg Award for Service, from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences’ Computing Society, 2015
  • Outstanding Professor, 2009, from SMU Graduate Student Council, Lyle School of Engineering
  • Outstanding Faculty of OREM Department Award, 2005-2006, School of Engineering, SMU
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Award, OREM Department, School of Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 2002.
  • Outstanding Professor Award, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Southern Methodist University, 1988 and 1989.
  • Halliburton Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Southern Methodist University, 1986.
  • Distinguished Graduate Teacher Award, Edwin L. Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University, 1983.
  • Faculty Research Excellence Award, Edwin L. Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University, 1980.