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Prof. Stuart A. Umpleby
Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning
Department of Management, School of Business, The George Washington University
2033 K Street NW, Suite 230, Washington, DC 20052, USA
Tel: (202) 994-1642
Fax: (202) 994-5284

Biographical Sketch

Stuart Umpleby is a professor in the Department of Management Science and Director of the Center for Social and Organizational Learning at George Washington University. He teaches courses in cybernetics and systems theory, the philosophy of science, cross-cultural management, and computer simulation. Other interests include total quality management, interactive planning methods, and computer conferencing.

He received degrees in engineering, political science, and communications from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. While at the University of Illinois he worked in the Biological Computer Laboratory and the Computer-based Education Research Laboratory (the PLATO system).

He has been using and designing computer conferencing systems since 1970. Between 1977 and 1980 he was the moderator of a computer conference on general systems theory which was supported by the National Science Foundation. This project was one of nine "experimental trials of electronic information exchange for small research communities." About sixty scientists in the United States, Canada, and Europe interacted for a period of two and a half years using the Electronic Information Exchange System (EIES) located at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Umpleby teaches a course in system dynamics modeling. He constructed a system dynamics model of national development for the US Agency for International Development, and he was an instructor for several years in the AID Development Studies Program.

Since 1981 he has been arranging scientific meetings involving American and Russian scientists in the area of cybernetics and systems theory. In 1984 he spent part of a sabbatical year at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, an East-West research institute located near Vienna, Austria. In the spring of 1990 he was a guest professor at the University of Vienna, of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence.

He is a past president of the American Society for Cybernetics.

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