Professor of Supply Chain and Information Management Marius M. Solomon – a great friend, a respected colleague, and a passionate teacher – passed away peacefully on Sept. 28, 2016.
Solomon was the group coordinator for the Supply Chain and Information Management Group from 2008-2014, and he taught Operations and Supply Chain courses for undergraduate, graduate, and executive students from 1983-2016. He received his PhD in Decision Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
He was well known as a thought leader in the management science field. In 2012, his lifelong research contributions were recognized when he was elected as a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Over the course of his career, he served INFORMS as chair of the Sections and Societies Subcommittee and as president of the Transportation Science and Logistics Section. He also served as associate editor of Transportation Science and Operations Research and co-chaired the Program Committee for the Triennial Symposium on Transportation (TRISTAN). In addition, he was a visiting professor at H.E.C. Montreal; the Center for Research in Decision Sciences, GERAD; the Center for Research on Transportation (CRT) in Montreal; and the "City of Lyon" Visiting Professor Chair at the University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France.
Solomon’s research and consulting interests focused on the development and implementation of design, planning, and execution methodologies leading to improved supply chain agility. He made major contributions to the development of optimization approaches for time sensitive aspects of supply chains that benefit the public and private sectors. He published numerous articles addressing time constrained vehicle fleet planning, routing and crew scheduling, supply chain design, and the management of advanced manufacturing and warehousing systems.
He will be fondly remembered by his students and colleagues for many reasons. Brightly colored drawings on his whiteboard by his daughters welcomed people to his office for many years. He traveled to numerous countries, and he often recounted his adventures during lunches and dinners, filling rooms with laughter and joy. He will be dearly missed by the Northeastern University community.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Milton, Mass.