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ALBERT G . 1921-1985 HOLZMAN BY DONALD C. BURNHAM ALBERT G HO~ZMAN professor and chairman of the De- partment of Industrial Engineering, Engineering Manage- ment, and Operations Research at the University of Pitts- burgh School of Engineering, diect of a heart attack at the age of sixty-three on May I, 1985, while attending a profes- sional society meeting in Boston. Dr. Ho~zman spent his en- tire career his education, his industrial experience, and his academic teaching and management years in the field! of . ~ n( Austria engineering. Dr. Ho~zman was born in 1921 in Johnstown, Pennsylva- nia. He attended the University of Pittsburgh from which he received both a B.S. and an M.S. in industrial engineering anct a Ph.D. in economics. After two years of experience as an industrial analyst with the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Ho~zman joined the stab of the University of Pittsburgh as . ~ an assistant professor. He moved rapidly up the academic ladder and in 1958 be- came a full professor in the School of Industrial Engineer- ing. Albert Ho~zman retained this professorship while con- currently serving as chairman of the Industrial Engineering Department in 1965. He also served as the director of engi- neering operations of the NASA Technology Transfer Cen- ter from ~ 965 to ~ 972. During the twenty years that Dr. Ho~zman was chairman 193

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194 MEMORIAL TRIBUTES of the Inclustrial Engineering Department of the University of Pittsburgh, he organized ant! managed his department so well that the university became one of the outstanding inclus- trial engineering schools in the country. Dr. Ho~zman not only advocated the use of tractitional inclustrial engineering techniques and procedures, but he also brought this entire field into the new computer age at the University of Pitts- burgh. In addition to promoting the use of computers in in- dustrial engineering, he was active on a national basis in the use of operations research. Although he was located in the heart of an industrial city, the scope of his vision extended beyond those confines, and he advocated the use of inclustrial engineering not only in manufacturing but also in the services area. Indeed, many of the graduates of his school went to work in hospitals and service-relatec] industries. He believed that industrial engi- neering and operations research could be annlied success- fully in nearly every field of endeavor. 1 1 Dr. Ho~zman authored a number of books and scores of articles on industrial engineering and operations research. He contributed to society by marshaling the talents of engi- neers and scientists throughout the world in the develop- ment of the sixteen-volume Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (New York: Marce} Dekker, 19751. Other im- portant books he wrote were Operations Research Support Meth- odology (New York: Marce! Dekker, 1979) and Mathematical Programming for Operations Researchers and Computer Scientists (New York: Marce! Dekker, 19811. He also contributed to many encyclopedias on subjects such as industrial engineer- , . . ng, 1near programming, game t theory, deaslon making, crlt- ical path methods, nonlinear programming, and information retrieval systems design. Dr. Ho~zman was a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania and served as a consultant to numerous com- panies, including Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Good- year Tire and Rubber Company, Climax Molybdenum Com- pany, and H. B. Maynard and Company. He was a member of the board of directors of On Line Systems, Inc.

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ALBERT G. HOLZMAN 195 Dr. Ho~zman was a fellow of the Institute of Industrial En- gineers and a member of the Operations Research Society of America, the Institute of Management Sciences, ant! the American Society for Engineering Education. He served in many high-level positions within each of these societies. He also received the Distinguishes! Alumnus Award in 1982 from the University of Pittsburgh Engineering Alumni As- sociation. He was electect to the National Academy of Engi- neering in 1984. Although Dr. Ho~zman's great achievements in the fielcis of industrial engineering and operations research required much devotion, he clid not neglect his personal life. He placer! the importance of his family and his religion above everything else. In 1945 he married Joan Michalowski, who had been a high school classmate. They had five children: three sons, Thomas G. of Atlanta, Georgia; Richard G. of Baltimore, Maryland; ant! David of Glenshaw, Pennsylvania; and two daughters, Judith Bajgier of Cherry Hill, New Jer- sey; and Jacqueline Pincher of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Joan frequently accompanied him on professional trips to South America and Europe. Dr. Hoffman was active in his church and in his local PTA. In addition to all of his personal and professional activities, he found time to play tennis weekly year-round and enjoyed playing with his clog, a Great Dane. Together with his technical and educational achievements, Dr. Ho~zman made many friends among his colleagues and students. His contributions to society will continue through those who have been influenced by his work.