The ORSA Hall of Fame Has a New Member
By U.S. ArmyNovember 14, 2018
BELCAMP, MD (October 16, 2018) -- The ORSA Hall of Fame, chartered in 2004 by former Deputy Undersecretary of the Army for Operations Research Mr. Walter W. Hollis, hosts an annual event to honor persons who have made significant contributions to U.S. Army Operations Research and Systems Analysis. The annual induction of distinguished U.S. Army operations research practitioners into the Operations Research & Systems Analysis (ORSA) Hall of Fame is a highlight each year at the Army Operations Research Symposium (AORS) Banquet.A Board of Directors representing the leadership of the major analytic bodies of the Army governs the ORSA Hall of Fame. It is located at the U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. The 2018 ORSA Hall of Fame Inductee was Mr. David J. Shaffer, honored on 16 October during the Hall of Fame Banquet in Bel Air, MD.Mr. Shaffer was born in Johnstown, PA and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. This was only the beginning of his exemplary career. He earned a master's degree in Logistics Management, graduated from the U.S. Army War College, and attended the Senior Management Executive Development program among other accomplishments. Mr. Shaffer joined the team at the Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA) as an operations analyst in 1974 after a short period in industry. He later served as the Chief of the Logistics Analysis Division, and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as chief of AMSAA's Combat Evaluation Division in 1997. From March 1998 until July 2006, Mr. Shaffer served as the Director of AMSAA. He departed in 2006 to become the Deputy to the Commander, U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command, retiring in 2008.On behalf of the Army Study Program Management Office, we want to say congratulations to the 2018 ORSA Hall of Fame inductee, and thank you Mr. Shaffer for your extensive contributions to the U.S. Army.