Ronald McGarvey

  • 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

  • Identifying optimal multi-state collaborations for reducing CO2 emissions by co-firing biomass in coal-burning power plants
    Ronald McGarvey, B. Dundar and F.X. Aguilar

    Computers and Industrial Engineering, 101: 403-415, 2016

  • Determining Reliable Networks of Prepositioning Materiel Warehouses for Public-Sector Rapid Response Supplies
    T.E. Lang, Ronald McGarvey

    Advances in Operations Research, 1-20, 2016

  • Inferring Shortfall Costs and Integrating Environmental Costs into Optimal Production Levels for an All-You-Care-to-Eat Food Service Operation
    E. Birisci, Ronald McGarvey

    International Journal of Production Economics, 182, 157-164.

  • Food Waste in Campus Dining Operations: Inventory of Pre- and Post-Consumer Mass by Food Category, and Estimation of Embodied Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    C. Costello, E. Birisci and Ronald McGarvey

    Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 2016, 31(3); 191-201

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