Jerry Banks, Georgia Tech ISyE professor and IIE fellow, dies

From staff reports

Jerry Banks, professor emeritus in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISyE), passed away on Sept. 25, 2012, according to a statement from Georgia Tech. An IIE member for more than 30 years and a fellow of the Institute, he was best known for his research on verification and validation as well as simulation language comparisons.

Banks came to Georgia Tech as an assistant professor in 1965 and retired as a professor in 1999. He then worked for two years as senior simulation technology advisor for Brooks Automation, Planning and Logistics Solutions AutoMod Product Team. He later served as a professor at Technológico de Monterrey (Monterrey Tech). He was the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of 13 books, one set of proceedings, several chapters in texts, and numerous technical and other papers.

For more than 35 years, Jerry served the simulation community in a variety of ways, according to Georgia Tech. Among his many contributions are the following:

  • He was a leading contributor to the infrastructure of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), and served as the representative for the Institute of Industrial Engineers to the WSC Board of Directors from 1984 to 1992. He served as the board chair from 1989 to 1991, and he was board liaison for the 1987 WSC. Banks was the general chair for the 1983 WSC, the associate general chair in 1982, and the arrangements chair for the 1981 WSC.
  • Banks also was active in his "missionary work" all over the world on behalf of the simulation field, according to Georgia Tech. He was well-known for his top-selling undergraduate simulation text (co-authored with John Carson, Barry Nelson, and David Nicol), which is in use at scores of universities. In addition, Banks edited the Handbook on Simulation, which garnered an Excellence Award from the Association of American Publishers. He also wrote numerous columns dealing with simulation issues that appeared in magazines including OR/MS Today and various IIE publications. Banks also gave countless domestic and international lectures espousing the benefits of simulation.
  • Banks was the recipient of the 1999 Distinguished Service Award given by what is now the INFORMS Simulation Society.

Banks will be remembered for his "terrific sense of humor, his exceptional skill as a teacher, and his tremendous dedication to our profession," according to the statement.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Nancy Silver Banks, along with his four children and six grandchildren.

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