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Dr. Susan W. Palocsay
Contact Info

JMU Faculty Fernando Pargas

Professor, Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics

Year Started at JMU: 1990


The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

D.Sc., Operations Research, 1991

The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

M.S., Operations Research, 1986

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

B.S., Mathematics, 1982

Academic Interests:

Data mining, optimization and simulation modeling, statistical analysis, and business process design and improvement

Professional background:

August 1983-June 1990       Systems Engineer, Member of Technical Staff

The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia.

June 1982-August 1983       Associate Programmer/Analyst

Planning Research Corporation, McLean, Virginia.

Service work:

Associate Editor for Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 2011-present.

Topical Editor for Education, Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, 2013-present.

Secretary/Treasurer for INFORM-ED (Education) Forum of INFORMS, 2009-13.

Treasurer for the Women in OR/MS Forum of INFORMS, 2002-12.

Personal Interests:

Dog training and reading

Current Courses Taught:

BSAN/CIS 393 Predictive Analytics and Data Mining

COB 291 Introduction to Management Science

Key Publications:

Palocsay, S. W. and Markham, I. S.  “Management Science in Core Undergraduate Business Curricula.”  Journal of Education for Business, 89(2), 110-117, 2014.

Brookshire, R. G. and Palocsay, S. W.  “Factors Contributing to the Success of Undergraduate Business Students in Management Science Courses.”  Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 3(1), 99-108, 2005.

Palocsay, S. W. and White, M.  “Neural Network Modeling in Cross-Cultural Research:  A Comparison with Multiple Regression.”  Organizational Research Methods, 7(4), 389-399, 2004.

Falk, J. E. and Palocsay, S. W.  “Image Space Analysis of Generalized Fractional Programs.”  Journal of Global Optimization, 4, pp. 63-88, 1994.

Falk, J., Palocsay, S., Sacco, W., Copes, W., and Champion, H.  “Bounds on a Trauma Outcome Function via Optimization.” Operations Research, 40, pp. S86-S95, January-February, 1992.

Positions Held:

2002-Present  Professor, Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics Department, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

1996-2002     Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems/Operations Management Department, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

1990-1996     Assistant Professor, Department of Information and Decision Sciences, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.


KPMG Faculty Scholar, CIS & BSAN Department, 2014-present.

College of Business Dean’s Impact Award, 2014-15.

College of Business 2003-04 Madison Scholar

College of Business 2002-03 Distinguished Teacher Award

Decision Sciences Institute Doctoral Dissertation Award for dissertation entitled "Nonconvex Fractional Programming", 1992