Gerald Nadler, former ISyE professor, dies at 90
Gerald Nadler, who served as a professor and chair of the department of industrial and systems engineering, passed away on July 28, 2014, his family announced in an obituary. Nadler had most recently served as IBM Chair Emeritus in Engineering Management at the University of Southern California. He earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's and PhD in industrial engineering from Purdue University. He joined the UW-Madison industrial engineering faculty in 1964. In 2000 the College of Engineering honored Nadler with a Distinguished Service Award, citing among other accomplishments his development of a "revolutionary planning, design and problem solving methodology" called Breakthrough Thinking. He also served on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis; served as president of a consulting firm called the Center for Breakthrough Thinking; and published more than 200 articles and 15 books. Nadler was 90 at the time of his death.