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James Ignizio is the author of twenty-two books and more than three hundred articles. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineering, a Fellow of the Operational Research Society of Britain, and a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Sciences. He is also a Distinguished Alumnus of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech and recipient of the National Safety Council’s First Hartford Prize.

   Dr. Ignizio is Founder and Principal of the Institute for Resource Management. Prior to that he served as a Staff Engineer at the Intel Corporation, Professor and Chair of Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia, Professor and Chair of Industrial Engineering at the University of Houston, and Professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, the Helsinki School of Economics (now Aalto University School of Business) and the U.S. Army Logistics Management College. In addition, he has held senior management level positions in the U.S. Aerospace industry.

   James has served as both an external and internal consultant to more than one hundred firms and his courses in Intelligent Decision Systems and Management Science have been attended by several thousands of individuals over the past three decades. He has also held the position of series editor (in Management Science) for Kluwer-Nijhoff Publishing and has served on the editorial boards of Omega, Journal of Large-Scale Systems, Information and Decision Technologies, Computers and Operations Research, Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, and the International Series in Operations Research and Management Science.

   Dr. Ignizio’s primary interest is, and has been for more than a half-century, that of exploring the vital role provided by means of a holistic approach to decision-making – particularly with regard to the manufacturing and military sectors. 

   James has worked as a farm hand, surveyor, professor, and (an actual) rocket scientist (e.g., the Apollo manned moon-landing program). An ardent Anglophile, his favorite authors include Orwell, Kipling, Milne, Wodehouse, Dickens, and Agatha Christie. His interests range from orbital mechanics and artificial intelligence to rugby and American football. He has frequently been an invited, keynote speaker in the USA, Europe, and the Far East. James is a survivor … of polio, rheumatic fever, a near fatal car accident, Midwestern winters and Texas summers.


Books that James has authored include:



The Last English Village

Sweetie's Song: The Meadows of Heaven

Frank's Place (a novella)

Disposable (a novella)

The 10th Circle (original title: Gone Awry - a virtual tour of high tech hell)

Fishy Business (partially fiction, partially non-fiction)

The Dog at the Gate

Death Comes to the Witherfield Arms

Henry, Eddie, and Me




The 3 Obstacles

Muddle Incorporated

Operations Research in Decision Making

Linear Goal Programming

Goal Programming and Extensions

Linear Programming in Single & Multiple Objective Systems

Linear Programming

Optimizing Factory Performance

Introduction to Expert Systems

Fishy Business (partially fiction, partially non-fiction)


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