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Fu, Michael

Michael Fu
4305 Van Munching Hall

Research Interests 

  • Simulation modeling and analysis
  • Production/inventory control
  • Applied probability
  • Queueing theory
  • Stochastic derivative estimation
  • Simulation optimization of discrete-event systems


Fu has a joint appointment with the Institute for Systems Research and an affiliate appointment with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, both in the Clark School of Engineering. He was named a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland for 2004-2005. His research interests include simulation modeling and analysis, production/inventory control, applied probability and queueing theory, with application to manufacturing and finance. He is co-author of the book, Conditional Monte Carlo: Gradient Estimation and Optimization Applications, which was awarded the INFORMS College on Simulation Outstanding Publication Award in 1998. Other awards include the Business School's Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence (1995), the Institute for Systems Research Outstanding Faculty Award (2002), the IIE Operations Research Division Award (1999), an Operations Research Meritorious Service Award (1999), and an IIE Transactions Best Paper Award (1998). He is currently the Simulation Area Editor of Operations Research, and serves (or has recently served) on the editorial boards of Management Science, INFORMS Journal on Computing, IIE Transactions, and Production and Operations Management. He was also Guest Editor of a special issue on simulation optimization for the ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation. His research has been sponsored by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, International SEMATECH, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Related News 

Alumna Enlu Zhou wins NSF CAREER Award for optimization and sampling in stochastic simulation
Zhou was co-advised by Steve Marcus and Michael Fu. January 14, 2015

Srivastava, Dey, Mirsky, King win 2014 ISR Awards
Awards honor outstanding faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff. May 7, 2014

Ghodssi Named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Professor Ghodssi is the 12th ECE Professor to be honored as a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher. March 19, 2014

Marcus, Fu receive NSF grant for optimization research
The research will develop a new framework for incorporating risk into sequential decision making under uncertainty. March 14, 2014

Professor Wu Named Distinguished Scholar Teacher
Min Wu joins illustrious list of ECE faculty members to receive this University award. February 7, 2013

Espy-Wilson Named 2012-2013 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Carol Espy-Wilson is the tenth ECE professor to receive this honor. February 7, 2012

Alumna Enlu Zhou wins AFOSR Young Investigators award
She will be investigating “Dynamic Decision Making under Uncertainty and Partial Information.” January 13, 2012

Gomez, Fuhrer and Alumni Awarded Patent for DNA Microarray Apparatus
UMD research team led by Mel Gomez receives patent for gene detection invention. October 27, 2011

Wang Earns Outstanding Systems Engineering Graduate Student Award
Yongqiang Wang, an advisee of Profs. Marcus and Fu, was recognized by the Institute for Systems Research. June 6, 2011

Wang wins best student paper award at Winter Simulation Conference
"Model-based Evolutionary Optimization" presents a new framework for solving global optimization problems. January 3, 2011