College Mourns Passing of Former UH Industrial Engineering Professor

Dr. Benjamin Ostrofsky

The University of Houston community mourns the passing of Dr. Benjamin Ostrofsky, an influential former faculty member from the Cullen College of Engineering and the Bauer College of Business.

After completing his doctorate in engineering at UCLA in 1968, Ostrofsky joined the faculty at the University of Houston as a professor of both industrial engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering and operations management at the Bauer College of Business.

As an engineering professor, Ostrofsky exhibited excellence in both research and teaching. He was awarded the President’s Award for Merit from the Society of Logistics Engineers in 2002, which recognizes society fellows who have made significant contributions to the organization. Ostrofsky also won all of the society’s three most prestigious awards: the Armitage Medal in 1978, the Eccles Medal in 1988 and the Founder’s Medal in 1993.

Ostrofsky conducted research in the fields of logistics and distribution throughout much of his career. The professor has also played an active role in the development, application and maintenance of the high standards of the Professional Certified Logistician Examination since the board's inception in 1973.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Ben Ostrofsky's memory to Houston Hospice, Rabbi Roy Walter Discretionary Fund at Congregation Emanu El, or the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections.

Learn more about Ostrofsky’s lifetime achievements in the full obituary published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 27, 2016.

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