Born in Mobile, AL. Educated in the Catholic schools in Pensacola, FL and Mobile, AL. BSChE Auburn U. (1960), MSE (IE) Univ. Alabama-Huntsville (1969), PhD (IE) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1971); faculty appointments at U. Notre Dame (1971-1979), Penn State (1979-1981), LSU (1981-1988), UofL (1988-present). Married to Rebecca Biles; four daughters (Pamela - 1961; Portia - 1963; Patricia - 1970; Casey - 1994).
- M.S. in Industrial Eng/Operations Res, University of Alabama at Hunts, 1969
- Ph.D. in Industrial Eng/Operations Res, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1971