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Dennis F.X. Mathaisel

Professor, Management Science

Analytics, Science,
and Technology

Babson Hall
Babson Park, MA 02457

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About Professor Mathaisel

Professor Mathaisel was a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received his Ph.D. in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was a founder and the President of a computer software firm that developed systems for airline scheduling and resource allocation, and he was a Branch Manager for Operations Research at the McDonnell Douglas Corporation.

His current research is in Data Science, Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence applications.


Ph.D.: Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.S.: Systems Engineering & Operations Research, University of California Irvine

B.S.: Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University

Research Interests

His current research interests focus on the sustainability of an enterprise, sustainability of complex and aging systems, Lean Manufacturing Techniques, Aircraft Scheduling Algorithms, Fleet Planning, Fleet Optimization, and Very Light Jet (VLJ) / Entry Level Jet scheduling.

Dr. Mathaisel was the MIT co-lead of the Sustainment Operations Team for the Lean Sustainment Initiative for the U.S. Air Force.

He has had research assignments with NASA, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Transportation (Office of the Secretary), Federal Aviation Administration, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Flying Tiger Line, Pan American World Airways, Hughes Air West, Olympic Airways, Federal Express, Iberia Airlines, Northwest Airlines, USAir, Continental, Garuda Indonesia, Trans World Airlines, Saudia, and others. This experience has covered a range of topics including military logistics sustainability, lean enterprise sustainability, decision support systems, vehicle maintenance and routing, equipment acquisition, logistics, scheduling, fleet and route planning, and transport systems analysis and engineering.


Dr. Mathaisel’s teaching interests are in the fields of operations research, quantitative methods, computer science, physics, and air transport operations.

Undergraduate Courses

MIS1000 Introduction to Information Systems; QTM1101 Honors Calculus; QTM1300 Calculus (Quantitative Methods with Calculus); QTM1301 Applications of Calculus and Discrete Mathematics; QTM1310 Probability & Statistics; QTM2300 Honors Applied Calculus II; QTM2420 Applied Quantitative Modeling; QTM2421 Honors Applied Quantitative Modeling; QTM2620 Quantitative Methods (Introduction to Operations Research); MIS2630 Problem Solving & Software Design; QTM3520 Management Science; SCN2110 Physics.

Graduate Courses

QTM7010 Quantitative Foundations of Decision Support Systems; QTM7520 Operations Research; MBA Module III Decision Support Systems (Lead Professor); QTM8400 Data and Decision Modeling; 16.73 Air Transport Management; 16.74 Air Transport Economics; 16.77 Flight Transport Operations.


Dennis Mathaisel was elected as a Full Member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS).

He is also a member of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), the Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Aviation Interests

Dennis is a private pilot, and was an owner of a Cessna 182 aircraft, which was based at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Massachusetts.