Ronald McGarvey

  • Ronald McGarvey

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Truman School of Public Affairs
  • Assistant Professor
  • Office
  • E3437 Lafferre Hall
  • Columbia, MO 65211
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Interests

  • Applied optimization
  • Public policy
  • Resource management


Ronald McGarvey joined the University of Missouri in 2013 with a joint appointment in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department and at the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs. His primary research interest is in applied optimization and its applications to public policy and resource management.

McGarvey has more than 10 years of experience working as a researcher in Project AIR FORCE, a federally funded research and development center operated by the RAND Corporation that is tasked with performing policy analysis on behalf of Air Force leadership.

His research objectives are to examine a broad set of public policy problems via the application of prescriptive mathematical modeling tools, as opposed to the focus on descriptive statistical models that currently receives greater attention in the public policy arena. This research aims to advance the methods for modeling public sector problems and provide policymakers with objective analyses to inform and improve their decision-making.


  • PhD from Pennsylvania State University

Selected Publications

  • Efficient Frontiers in a Frontier State: Viability of Mobile Dentistry Services in Rural Areas
    A. Thorsen, R.G. McGarvey

    To appear (accepted July 2017), European Journal of Operational Research

  • When to call on an advantageous restart option
    R.G. McGarvey

    To appear (accepted July 2017), Journal of Sports Analytics.

  • A Bayesian approach to demand forecasting for new equipment programs
    J.J. Bergman, J.S. Noble, R.G. McGarvey, R.L. Bradley

    Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 47, 17-21

  • Achieving Sustainability beyond Zero Waste: A Case Study from a College Football Stadium
    C. Costello, R.G. McGarvey, E. Birisci

    Sustainability, 9(7), 1-20.

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