Robert Gordon

  • Why I Love Teaching at Molloy College

    I like the small college environment of Molloy, which gives students direct access to professors for advisement, the opportunity for individualized courses, and which supports small class sizes for more effective and more personalized learning.

  • Academic Interests

    The design and application of decision support systems using forecasting, optimization, and simulation techniques to solve business problems and improve corporate profitability.

    The design of interactive user interfaces for software products.

  • What I am working on

    I am investigating the use of recent developments in computer technology to enhance student-learning.

    I am working on the use of stories to present mathematical ideas for the enrichment of elementary school children.

  • Educational Philosophy

    Each student learns differently and has different interests, and so, I incorporate a variety of teaching methods and classroom interventions to motivate students and reinforce ideas. Before each lesson, I evaluate the best ways for students to learn the material; I concentrate on "how" as well as "what" to present to my students.

  • Educational Background
    • Ph.D., mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University
    • M.S., mathematics, Carnegie Institute of Technology
    • B.S., mathematics and Physics, City College of New York
  • Additional Information

    I have extensive business experience in the application of computers and mathematics in industry, having held management positions in Information Technology at Hoffmann-La Roche, IBM, and Avis Budget Group.  For ten years at Avis Budget and formerly Avis Rent A Car, I was Vice President of Decision Technology and led the development and implementation of their real-time, global revenue management system.

    Computers are pervasive, and each day our use of them increases.  A computer major has an exciting opportunity to develop new applications and new computer devices and thereby influence the way people will work, play, study, and communicate in the future.

    Favorite books:

    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

    Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

    Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

  • Publications/Presentations

    Authored over twenty-five refereed articles in the fields of computer science and operations research, published in technical journals, proceedings, and book chapters.  Presented invited papers on revenue management, simulation, network performance, user interface design, and object oriented programming at technical conferences sponsored by the ACM, AMS, IEE, IEEE, and INFORMS in the US, Canada, and Europe.  Two important  journal articles are:

    1.  K.J. Gordon, R.F. Gordon, J.F. Kurose, and E.A. MacNair, "An Extensible Visual Environment for Construction and Analysis of Hierarchically-Structured Models of Resource Contention Systems," Management Science, Vol. 37, No. 6, pp. 714-732. 

    2.  R.F. Gordon, "End-User Object-Oriented Programming By Means of an Object-Oriented Interface," OOPS Messenger, ACM SIGPLAN pub., Vol. 5, Issue 1, pp. 6-12.