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George Mason University

John Shortle

Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research

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  • 703-993-3571 (office)
  • Nguyen Engineering Building, 2210
    4400 University Drive, MS 4A6
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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John Shortle applies deep mathematical creativity to applied problems of societal significance. He is motivated to understand how randomness and uncertainty impact the behavior and design of a system. His specific interests include simulation, queueing, and analysis of rare events with applications in air transportation, aviation safety, power systems, and telecommunications. Many of his current research projects are funded by the FAA and NASA supporting the goal of making the future air transportation system safer than it is today. He has been an active member of the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research at Mason since its inception in 2003.

Shortle is a leader in the simulation community, currently serving as the president of the INFORMS Simulation Society, and having served as a co-proceedings editor for the Winter Simulation Conference. He is a co-author of the widely used textbook, Fundamentals of Queueing Theory.  He has also served as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Reliability and the Journal of Probability and Statistical Science. Prior to joining Mason, he worked in the telecommunications industry at US WEST Advanced Technologies. For his work there, he won the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice.


PhD, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, University of California, Berkeley (1996)

MS, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, University of California, Berkeley (1996)

BS, Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College (1992)

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Faculty Rank: Professor


2014 - 2015 : Fast-time simulation and sensitivity analysis for event sequence diagrams in the Integrated Safety Assessment Model. Funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (University of Maryland, prime).

2011 - 2014 : Wake Turbulence Analysis and Research Study NextGen Operations. Funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (University of Maryland, prime).

2009 - 2013 : New Approaches for Rare-event Simulation and Decision Making. Funded by US Department of Energy.

Research Interests

Air Transportation, Queuing Theory, Simulation, Stochastic Processes, Energy Systems