Terry R. Rakes


Terry R. Rakes
Dr. Terry R. Rakes is the William C. and Alix C. Houchens Professor of Information Technology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. He is a past Editor of Decision Line and is currently an Area Editor for Operations Management Research. He is a past president of the Decision Sciences Institute, the Southeast Region of the Decision Sciences Institute, and the Southeastern Chapter of INFORMS. He has received Distinguished Service Awards from all three organizations, and in 1996 was named a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute.
Over the course of his academic career, Professor Rakes has had many and varied research interests, including mathematical modeling and math programming, distributed processing design, artificially intelligent systems and neural networks, telecommunications design, and e-commerce. Currently, his research is focused on information risk and security, risk and disruptions in supply chains, and modeling resource allocation issues in post-disaster settings. He has published over 75 referred articles and/or professional papers at conferences. One of Professor Rakes’ greatest professional pleasures had been working with graduate students. He has been the chair of 12 dissertation or thesis committees, and has been a member of 36 others. He has served on graduate student research committees not only within his own department, but also in architecture, industrial engineering and operations research, marketing, management, health care finance, forestry, and civil engineering.
Professor Rakes has taught many and varied courses during his tenures at the University of South Carolina and Virginia Tech. He has taught 34 different courses spanning the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. He has also taught in several executive development programs and has conducted over 45 management development courses for various industry groups. In 1992, he was recognized with the W.E. Wine Award for Teaching Excellence at Virginia Tech, an award which is given to three faculty from the entire university each year, and is a past chair of the Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence. He has received seven other departmental, college, or university teaching awards.
Professor Rakes’ service activities have been largely focused on service to the profession through groups such as DSI and INFORMS.  His first opportunity to serve DSI was assisting Professor Bob Markland, the chair of the 1981 DSI meeting in Boston, by serving as his Associate Program Chair. Over the ensuing nearly 30 years, he has served DSI or Southeast DSI in 37 various roles as committee member, committee chair, newsletter editor, or various leadership positions. His involvement with Southeast INFORMS has followed a similar path. Within the university, he has served on or chaired over two dozen committees and commissions.
Selected Publications
Deane, J.K., Ragsdale, C.T., Rakes, T.R., and Rees, L.P., “Managing Supply Chain Risk And Disruption from IT Security Incidents,”  Operations Management Research, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2009) pp. 4-12.
Scheibe, K.P., Rees, L.P., and Rakes, T.R., “Addressing Universal-Broadband-Service Implications with Wireless Mesh Networks,” Telecommunications Systems, Vol. 41, No. 1 (2009) pp. 51-64.
Hertweck, B.M., Rakes, T.R., and Rees, L.P., “The Effects of Comparison Shopping Behavior on Dynamic Pricing Strategy Selection in an Agent-Enabled e-Market,” International Journal of Electronic Business, Vol. 7, No. 2 (2009) pp. 149-169.
Deane, J.K., Rakes, T.R., and Rees, L.P., “Efficient Heuristics for Wireless Network Tower Placement,” Information Technology and Management, Volume 10, No. 1 (2009) p. 55-65. 
Scheibe, K.P., Carstensen, L.W., Rakes, T.R., and Rees, L.P., “Going the Last Mile: A Spatial Decision Support System for Wireless Broadband Communications,” Decision Support Systems, Vol. 42, No. 2 (2006) pp. 557 – 570.
Zobel, C.W., Rees, L.P., and Rakes, T.R., “Automated Merging of Conflicting Knowledge Bases, Using a Consistent, Majority-Rule Approach with Knowledge-Form Maintenance,” Computers & Operations Research, Vol. 32, No. 1 (2005) pp. 1809-1829.
Hess, T. J., Rees, L. P., and Rakes, T. R., “Using Autonomous Software Agents to Create the Next Generation of Decision Support Systems,” Decision Sciences, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2000) pp. 1-31.
Markham, I. S. and Rakes, T. R., “The Effect of Sample Size and Variability of Data on the Comparative Performance of Artificial Neural Networks and Regression,” Computers & Operations Research, Vol. 25, No. 4 (1998) pp. 251-263.
Wray, B. A., Rakes, T. R., and Rees, L. P., “Neural Network Identification of Critical Factors in a Dynamic Just-in-Time Kanban Environment,” Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Vol. 8, No. 2 (1997) pp. 83-96.
Pope, J. A., Rakes, T. R., Rees, L. P., and Crouch, I. W. M., “A Network Simulation of High-Congestion Road-Traffic Flows in Cities With Marine Container Terminals,” Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol. 46 (1995) pp. 1090-1101.
Baker, J. R., Clayton, E. R., Matheson, L. A., and Rakes, T. R., “A Multiple Objective Approach for Constructing Attribute-Sampling Plans for Non-Serial Assembly Items,” International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 32, No. 7 (1994) pp. 1599-1613.
Aggarwal, A. K., Clayton, E. R., Rakes, T. R., and Baker, J. R., “A Problem Identification Taxonomy for Classification and Automated Formulation of Multiple Objective Linear Programming Models,” Annals of Operations Research, Vol. 38 (1992) pp. 1-16.
Leu, Y., Rakes, T. R., Rees, L. P., and Ceccucci, W. A., “Modeling Resource Allocation in a Decentralized Organization With an AI-Based, Goal-Directive Model,” Decision Sciences, Vol. 23, No. 5 (1992) pp. 1027-1049.
Franz, L. S., Baker, H. M., Leong, G. K., and Rakes, T. R., “A Mathematical Model for Scheduling and Staffing Multiclinic Health Regions,” European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 41 (1989) pp. 227-289.
Fry, T. D., Leong, G. K., and Rakes, T. R., “Single Machine Scheduling: A Comparison of Two Solution Procedures,” OMEGA: The International Journal of Management Science, Vol. 15, No. 4 (1987) pp. 277-282.
Taylor, B. W., Moore, L. J., Clayton, E. R., Davis, K. R., and Rakes, T. R., “An Integer Nonlinear Goal Programming Model for the Deployment of State Highway Patrol Units,” Management Science, Vol. 31, No. 11 (1985) pp. 1335-1347.
Rakes, T. R. and Reeves, G. R., “Selecting Tolerances in Chance-Constrained Programming: A Multiple Objective Linear Programming Approach,” Operations Research Letters, Vol. 4, No. 2 (1985) pp. 65-69.
Rakes, T. R. and Franz, L. S., “Interpreting Goal Attainment in Chance-Constrained Goal Programming,” OMEGA: The International Journal of Management Science (Notes and Memoranda Section), Vol. 13, No. 1 (1985) pp. 73-74.
Rakes, T. R., Franz, L. S., and Sen, A., “A Heuristic Approximation for Reducing Problem Size in Network File Allocation Models,” Computers & Operations Research, Vol. 11, No. 4 (1984) pp. 387-395.
Rakes, T. R., Franz, L. S., and Wynne, A. J., “Aggregate Production Planning Using Chance-Constrained Goal Programming,” International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 22, No. 4 (1984) pp. 673-684.
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