Richard Conway and Robert Walker were instrumental in the founding of Cornell’s Computer Science Department in 1965, convincing senior administrators of the need for a PhD program and securing generous funding from the Sloan Foundation to help launch the fledgling unit.
Richard Conway, during his long and varied career at Cornell, held a faculty position in Computer Science from 1965 to1983, serving as Chair of the Department 1978-79 and 1983-84. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is widely known for his fundamental contributions to scheduling and computer simulation. Dick is a faculty emeritus of the Johnson School of Management.
Robert Bell received a Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University in 1980. After spending 18 years at RAND doing public policy analysis, he joined the Statistics Research Department at AT&T Labs-Research. His research interests range from machine learning methods to survey research methods. He was a member of the team that won the Netflix Prize competition in 2009. Bell has served on the Fellows Committee of the American Statistical Association, the board of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, the Committee on National Statistics, and several National Research Council advisory committees studying statistical issues from conduct of the decennial census to airline safety.