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Dr. Kendall Nygard
North Dakota State University






















































Dr. Kendall E. Nygard is a Professor of Computer Science and Operations Research at North Dakota State University (NDSU) where he has served on the faculty since 1977. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics from Moorhead State College, a Master of Science in Mathematics from Mankato State College, and a PhD in Operations Research from Virginia Tech University. From 1996 to 2005 he served as Chair of his department at NDSU. In 1986 and 1987 Dr. Nygard was on the adjunct faculty in operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California In 1994 and 1995 he was Director of the Scientific Computing Center at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. In 1984 Dr. Nygard was a visiting scientist at the Air Force Logistics Command at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. In 2000 he was a research fellow at the Air Vehicle Directorate of the Air Force Research Lab. He has directed International Educational Programs with several countries, especially China. Apart from his work as a scientist, he has been involved in policy making, governance, economic development, and community service through service on various boards and within organizations. Dr. Nygard’s research areas involve the tools of decision-support, mathematical modeling, computational science, artificial intelligence, simulation, data mining, and social networks. Applications include management and security of communication networks and sensor networks, cooperative mission control for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), computer-based transportation and logistics, the smart electrical grid, and social and ethical impacts of computers. He also has extensive involvement in national and international educational initiatives.