George Kleindorfer

Professor Emeritus of Quantitative Business Analysis
Department: Supply Chain and Information Systems
Office: 454 Business Building
Phone: 814-865-4170
Member of Faculty Since: 1973


George Ben Kleindorfers professional career has spanned five decades and several fields. He holds advanced degrees in mathmatics, law, and industrial administration. He was admitted to the Bar in Washington, D.C. in 1962. He served as a volunteer attorney for the ACLU, the NAACP and CORE in the middle sixties. In that connection he appeared in 1962 as an ACLU defence attorney before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. In 1970, as a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, he coauthored a book Schools and Inequality that was cited three times by the U.S. Supreme Court and over sixty law review articles. His interest in the mathematics of control systems led to the discovery of an extension of Pontryagins maximum principle to discrete dynamic control systems. His analysis of stochastic logic networks showed how bounds could be placed on the scheduling of events and resources involved in project planning. In philosophy of science he copublished with colleagues a series of papers dealing with the problem of validating simulation models, with criticism of the claims of cognitive science and with more general questions in the philosophy of science. Ben enjoyed teaching in a wide variety of areas and disciplines. In the six years he spent at Howard University, he taught almost every course in the undergraduate electrical engineering curriculum. In the Smeal College, he taught computer simulation techniques at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Together with a colleague in the Penn State psychology department, he developed a graduate course in the philosophy of science that was cross-listed between philosophy, psychology and business. In addition, for several years he taught Hum 001, the basic course in western classics in the humanities program, and several courses in the Science, Technology and Society Program. He has received numerous teaching awards including the Alumni Teaching Fellow Award in 1991. He joined the faculty