Prof. Edward J. Williams

Prof. Edward J. Williams holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics (Michigan State University, 1967; University of Wisconsin, 1968).  From 1969 to 1971, he did statistical programming and analysis of biomedical data at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, D.C.  He joined Ford Motor Company in 1972, where he worked until retirement in December 2001 as a computer software analyst supporting statistical and simulation software.

After retirement from Ford, he joined PMC, Dearborn, Michigan, as a senior simulation analyst.  Also, since 1980, he has taught classes at the University of Michigan, including both undergraduate and graduate simulation classes using GPSS/HÔ, SLAM IIÔ, SIMANÔ, ProModelÒ, SIMUL8Ò, Arena®, or Simio®.

He is a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers [IISE], the Society for Computer Simulation International [SCS], and the Michigan Simulation Users Group [MSUG].  He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Computer Engineering.  During the last several years, he has given invited plenary addresses on simulation and statistics at conferences in Monterrey, México; Istanbul, Turkey; Genova, Italy; Rīga, Latvia; and Jyväskylä, Finland.  He served as a co-editor of Proceedings of the International Workshop on Harbour, Maritime and Multimodal Logistics Modelling & Simulation 2003, a conference held in Rīga, Latvia.  Likewise, he served the Summer Computer Simulation Conferences of 2004, 2005, and 2006 as Proceedings co-editor.  He was the Simulation Applications track coordinator for the 2011 Winter Simulation Conference.  A paper he co-authored with three of his simulation students won “best paper in track” award at the Fifth International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in March 2015.  His email addresses are and