James Smith

Jack Byrne Distinguished Professor in Decision Science


James E. Smith is the Jack Byrne Distinguished Professor in Decision Science, a position that falls within Dartmouth College’s Jack Byrne Academic Cluster in Mathematics and Decision Science. The academic cluster initiative was developed to extend Dartmouth’s impact on the world through interdisciplinary faculty teams who collaborate at the leading edge of discovery. The Jack Byrne cluster focuses on developing and applying mathematical thinking to societal challenges in fields such as health care, transportation, and manufacturing.

Smith has been a past visiting professor at Tuck and was the J.B. Fuqua Professor in Decision Science at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University from 2009 to 2018. He had served on Duke’s faculty since 1990. Professor Smith’s research interests center on decision analysis, for which he received the Frank P. Ramsey Medal for distinguished contributions in 2008. He earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering and a PhD in engineering-economic systems at Stanford University.

Professor Smith is active with INFORMS’ Decision Analysis Society and served as its president from 2008-10. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Management Science, Operations Research, and Decision Analysis.

Areas of Interest

Management & Operations  //

  • Decision analysis
  • Management science
  • Operations research






  • PhD, Stanford University, 1990
  • MS, Stanford University, 1986
  • BS, Stanford University, 1984