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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 

Maryland researchers awarded $1M DARPA Lagrange program cooperative agreement
Marcus, Fu, Simon and Babadi will build a scalable, risk-sensitive and real time optimization framework tailored to noninvasive neuroimaging data from the human brain. April 10, 2018

UMD Researchers Make Breakthrough in Terahertz Technology
New Tunable Graphene Sensor Design Has Implications for Many Fields May 6, 2016

Ulukus Named 2016-2017 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher by University of Maryland
The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Program honors members of UMD faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievements along with equally outstanding accomplishments as teachers. April 19, 2016

UMD Invention of the Year Nominees Push Boundaries in Health, Energy, and Security
Campus inventors to be honored at Celebration of Innovation and Partnerships April 7, 2016

Alumna Enlu Zhou earns tenure at Georgia Tech
The 2009 EE Ph.D. recipient was advised by Steve Marcus and Michael Fu. March 7, 2016

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