Bruce Golden received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and his masters and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He joined the faculty of the University of Maryland Business School in 1976 and served as a Department Chairman from 1980 to 1996.  Currently, he is the France-Merrick Chair in Management Science in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. His research interests include vehicle routing, heuristic search, combinatorial optimization, networks, and healthcare analytics.
Bruce has received numerous awards, including the Thomas L. Saaty Prize (1994 and 2005), the University of Maryland Distinguished Faculty Research Fellowship (1996) and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award (2000), the INFORMS Award for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice (2003), the INFORMS Computing Society Prize (2005), and the Harvey J. Greenberg Award for lifetime contributions to the INFORMS Computing Society. He was named an INFORMS Fellow in 2004 and was selected as one of 25 outstanding undergraduate mentors on campus in 2009. From 1992 until the end of 1999, Bruce served as Editor-in-Chief of the INFORMS Journal on Computing. Since mid-1999, Bruce has served as Editor-in-Chief of NETWORKS He has published extensively and is widely cited.
In 2010, Bruce was a finalist for the Pierskalla Award for the best paper in healthcare management science given by INFORMS. In 2012, he was a finalist for the College of Healthcare Operations Management Best Paper Award given by the Production and Operations Management Society. He was also an M&SOM Best Paper Award Finalist for 2012.
In addition, he has received numerous contracts and grants, has consulted for a wide variety of organizations, and has served on the Board of Directors of several high-tech companies based in Maryland. In 1980, he founded a management consulting company with several colleagues. The focus was on business logistics. In the late 1980's, Bruce co-founded a second company, specializing in the design and sales of vehicle routing software. He and his partners successfully grew these companies and sold them in late 1998. The surviving company is RouteSmart Technologies, Inc.