George Kleindorfer

Professor Emeritus of Quantitative Business Analysis
Department: Supply Chain and Information Systems
Office: 454 Business Building
Phone: 814-234-0487
Member of Faculty Since: 1973


Ben spent most of his childhood years on an 80 acre farm in northern Indiana.  He learned that it was important to milk cows on a regular daily schedule.  He slopped hogs, fed chickens and hunted squirrel.  In 1957, three days after he turned 16, Ben got a job as a trackman on the Pennsylvania Railroad.  There he learned to tamp gravel under ties, spike the rail to the ties and at the end of the day to align the track.  This was his summer job for several summers. After high-school, he entered Notre Dame where his major area of study was electrical engineering. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1957 and took a job as a patent examiner in the U. S Patent Office.  He quit the Patent Office job after two weeks, and walked the streets trying to figure out what he would tell his mother.  In the middle of his quandary, Ben had a vision in which it came to him that he was a teacher.  He went to a teacher’s employment office and got the last job they had open.  He had transformed himself into teacher of high school mathematics at a private school for upper- class young ladies.  Part of the Patent Office job had been the requirement that the new examiner had to also simultaneously pursue a law degree.   Somehow in the short sojourn at the Patent Office, Ben had become interested in the law in general, and not the Patent legal process in particular.   During the days, Ben taught at all levels of high-school mathematics. During the evenings he attended Georgetown University Law School.   In 1959, he left the high school and transferred his day-job to Howard University as an instructor in Electrical Engineering while continuing his study of the law at Georgetown at night.  Upon graduation from Georgetown in 1962, he was admitted to the Bar to practice law in Washington, D.C. Among other activities, he served as an attorney defending indigents in the Court of General Sessions, and also as an ACLU volunteer defense attorney before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Again, on a night-time study basis in 1962 to 1964, he pursued and was awarded the M.S in Mathematics at Howard University.  In 1965, he received a Ford Foundation Fellowship at Carnegie-Mellon University where he pursued and was awarded the Ph.D. in the Systems and Communication Sciences.   Thereafter he served three years as a lecturer in the College of Business and in School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley.  He moved, then, to the University of California, Riverside where he held the position of Associate Professor of Public Administration.  Finally, in 1973 he resigned from the University of California and moved to take a position in the Smeal College of Business Administration at Penn State.

Over the years of his academic career Ben has availed himself of opportunities to teach in a number of programs and on a broad interdisciplinary front. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on subjects in areas such as philosophy of science, humanities, statistics, information sciences, and computer related courses, and during his time with Howard University, he taught a wide range of courses in the undergraduate electrical engineering curriculum. He has published in the areas of philosophy of science, environmental research, education policy, public planning, applied mathematics and business. .  In 1985, he received the AMOCO Foundation Award, in recognition of outstanding teaching.  In 1991 he was honored again as The Penn State Alumni Teaching Fellow.   He retired from the Smeal College of Business Administration in 1997 having achieved the rank of professor and Chair of the Department of Management Science and Information Systems. Even though retired, he continued to teach on a part time basis until 2007, marking his fiftieth anniversary as a teacher.

Ben’s experience at Penn State shows that it is truly an open university where the support of colleagues and the cheerful cooperation and intelligence of students makes any educational adventure possible.  Ben is grateful that he had the opportunity and the privilege to study with these colleagues and with the students of Penn State.

Current Research

In applied mathematics and business:
R. A. Kilgore, and G. B. Kleindorfer, "Modeling Nonconventional Sampling Schemes with a Combined Discrete-Continuous Language," SIMULATION, Vol. 48, No. 2, 1987,pp. 63-68.

G. B. Kleindorfer, G. A. Kochenberger, and E. T. Reutzel,"Computing Intersite Distances for Routing and Scheduling Problems," Operations Research Letters, Vol. 1, No. 1, October, 1981, pp. 31-33.

G.B. Kleindorfer, P.R. Kleindorfer, and G.L. Thompson, "The Discrete Maximum Principle," in C.S. Tapiero, Managerial Planning: An Optimum and Stochastic Control Approach. New York: Gordon and Breach, 1977, pp. 375-382.

G.B. Kleindorfer, P.R. Kleindorfer, C.H. Kriebel, and G.L. Thompson, “Discrete Optimal Control of Production Plans,”  Management Science, Vol. 22, No. 3, November, 1975, pp. 261-273. 

G.B.Kleindorfer, and P. R. Kleindorfer,"Bounding Distributions for Stochastic Logic Networks," Operational Research Quarterly, Pergamon Press, Vol. 25, 1974,pp. 465-479.

G. B. Kleindorfer, "Bounding Distributions for Stochastic Acyclic Networks," Operations Research, Vol. 19, No. 6, November, 1971, pp. 1586-1601.

W. Anderson, G. B. Kleindorfer, P. R. Kleindorfer, and M.B.Woodroofe, "Consistent Estimates of the Parameters of a Linear System," Annals of Mathematical Statistics,December, 1969, pp. 2064-2075.

P.R. Kleindorfer, and G.B. Kleindorfer, "Quadratic Performance Criteria with Linear Terms in Discrete Time Control," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. AC-12, June, 1967, pp. 320-321.

In public planning:
G. B. Kleindorfer, and E. T. Reutzel, "Generalized First Transit Times with an Illustration in Human Service System Planning," Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol. 33, No. 9, 1982, pp. 811-816.

G. B. Kleindorfer, "Educational Planning with Combined Network and State Variable Models," Hector Correa (Ed.), Analytical Studies in Educational Planning and Administration, North Holland, Amsterdam, 1975, pp. 83-109.

In educational policy:
J. W. Guthrie, G. B. Kleindorfer, H. M. Levin, and R. T.Stout, Schools and Inequality, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT Press, 1970.

This book was cited three times in San Antonio Independent School District vs. Rodriques, U.S. Supreme Court Reports, 36 L. Ed. 2nd 16. Over the years since it has been published, it has been cited or reviewed in more than sixty law review articles.

G. W. Guthrie, G. B. Kleindorfer, H. M. Levin, and R.T.Stout, "A Survey of School Effectiveness Studies," in Do Teachers Make a Difference? Washington, D. C., U. S. Government Printing Office, 1970, pp. 25-54.

G. W. Guthrie, G. B. Kleindorfer, H. M. Levin, and R.T.Stout, "Educational Inequality, School Finance, and a Plan for the 1970's," in A Time for Priorities: Financing the Schools for 70's, Washington, D. C., National Educational Association, 1970, pp. 94-116.

G. W. Guthrie, G. B. Kleindorfer, H. M. Levin, and R. T. Stout, "Dollars for Schools: The Reinforcement of Inequality," Educational Administration Quarterly, Vol. VI, No. 3, Autumn, 1970, pp. 32-45.

H. M. Levin, G. W. Guthrie, G. B. Kleindorfer, and R. T. Stout, "Capital Embodiment: A New View of Compensatory Education," Education and Urban Society, Vol. III, No. 3, May, 1971, pp. 301-322.

In environmental research:
J. J. Dinkel, G. B. Kleindorfer, G. A. Kochenberger, and S. N. Wong, "Environmental Inspection Routes and the Constrained Traveling Salesman Problem," The Journal of Computers and Operations Research, Vol. 3, December, 1976, pp. 269-283.

J. J. Dinkel, G. B. Kleindorfer, G. A. Kochenberger, and S.N. Wong, "Environmental Inspection Routes,an Operations Research Analysis," Journal of the Air Pollution Control Association, Vol. 26, No. 12, December, 1976, pp. 1170-1171.

In philosophy of science and related areas:
George B. Kleindorfer, and James E. Martin, "The Iron Cage, Single Vision and Newton's Sleep," Research in Philosophy & Technology. Vol 6, 1983, pp. 127-142.

James E. Martin, George B. Kleindorfer, "Mind as Rule Governed Device: Tom Swift and His Amazing Truth Machine," Logos. Vol. 7, 1986.

James E. Martin, George B. Kleindorfer, and William R. Brashers, Jr., "The Theory of Bounded Rationality and the Problem of Legitimation," Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior. 17, March 1987, pp. 63-82.

J. E. Martin, and G. B. Kleindorfer, "The Argumentum Ad Hominem and Two Theses about Evolutionary Epistemology: 'Godelian' Reflections," Metaphilosophy, Vol. 22, Nos.1&2, 1991, pp. 63-75.

G.B. Kleindorfer, L. O'Neill, and R. Ganeshan, "Validation in Simulation: Various Positions in the Philosophy of Science," Management Science, Vol. 44, No. 8, August, 1998, pp. 1087-1099.

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