Ronald A. Howard has defined the field of Decision Analysis. A Professor in the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems (now the Department of Management Science and Engineering) in the School of Engineering of Stanford University since 1965 he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
In 1986 he received the Operations Research Society of America's Frank P. Ramsey Medal for distinguished contributions in decision analysis. In 1999 INFORMS invited him to give the Omega Rho Distinguished Plenary Lecture at the Cincinnati National Meeting. His books on probabilistic modeling, decision analysis, dynamic programming, and Markov processes serve as major references for courses and research in these fields.