Dr. Raymond Hill, Jr., an adjunct professor of operations research in the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management, is the 2022 awardee for the J. Steinhardt Prize for outstanding contributions to military operations research.
The award is named in honor of Jacinto Steinhardt, a founding member of the Operations Research Society of America. The winner is selected based on life work rather than for any particular contribution and is accompanied by a plaque and a $2,000 honorarium.
The impacts made by Hill on military operations research are significant, distinguished, and enduring. After earning his master’s degree in operations research in 1987 from AFIT, he served as an Air Force operations research analyst until 2002. During that time, he served as a logistics analyst, a weapons and tactics analyst, and a faculty member at AFIT. Following retirement from active duty, he further embraced his ability to teach, research, and mentor analysts, first at Wright State University from 2003-2008, and subsequently at AFIT from 2008-2022.
Hill’s contributions over the duration of his professional career have been outsized, expanding far beyond the organizations or educational institutions in which he served. He has authored or co-authored 107 peer-reviewed journals and 93 refereed conference proceedings, and advised 15 doctoral students and 104 master’s students. He established the Test and Evaluation Graduate Certificate Program at AFIT which supports the broader Air Force and DoD test communities graduating over 2,200 T&E planning and analysis experts.
Additionally, Hill has served the professional community in multiple roles including as the general chair of the annual Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Winter Simulation Conference. He is the editor for the journal Military Operations Research and the associate editor for Naval Research Logistics, Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, Journal of Simulation, and the International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research.
Hill is also a member of several professional societies including the Military Operations Research Society, INFORMS, INFORMS College on Simulation, INFORMS Military Applications Society, the World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society, the American Statistical Association, and the International Test and Evaluation Association.
Hill retired from a full-time faculty position at AFIT in June 2022 after serving for 20 years as an active duty Air Force officer and a civilian. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Eastern Connecticut State University, a master’s degree in operations research from AFIT, and a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from The Ohio State University.
Among his awards during his career are the 2016 Air Force Outstanding Science and Engineering Educator Award, the 2016 Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton Outstanding Engineer and Scientist’s Award, and the 2006-2007 Excellence in Research Award while a professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University.