Robert Sargent Papers 1961-2002

Creator
Sargent, Robert G.
Size
49 linear feet
Call number
MC 00343
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The Robert Sargent Papers, 1961-2002, include teaching materials, publications, research files, presentations, and data tapes documenting his work as a Professor at Syracuse University and on behalf of the United States Air Force. There are also materials, including conference programs, documenting Sargent’s involvement with the Winter Simulation Conference and other professional organizations and meetings.

Robert G. Sargent studied simulation methodology and modeling at the University of Michigan. After completing his Ph.D. in 1966, he joined the faculty at Syracuse University, where he taught simulation until retiring in the late 1990s. Sargent made significant contributions to several areas of simulation research and software development and was widely involved in professional service activities.

Biographical/historical note

Robert G. Sargent is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. Sargent studied simulation methodology and modeling at the University of Michigan, earning a BSE in Electrical Engineering in 1959, MS in Industrial Administration in 1963, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 1966. After completing his Ph.D., Sargentjoined the faculty at Syracuse University, where he remained until his retirement in the late 1990s. Sargent made significant contributions to several areas of simulation research, professional practice, and software development.

Sargent’s major research contributions include work in hybrid analytic simulation modeling, event graph models, control flow graph models, event-list processing, associative processing, and parallel simulation. His interests in output analysis include development of new statistical estimators, comparison of confidence interval estimators, creation of a methodology for validating metamodels that use different types of basis functions, and the development of the cyclic regenerative method. Sargent also worked in verification and validation, developing numerous techniques, approach and methodologies, including a widely used graphical view of how verification and validation relate to the modeling process. His paper “Verification and Validation of Simulation Models” received one of the Winter Simulation Conference 40th anniversary landmark paper awards in 2007. In the area of simulation theory, Sargent cooperatively developed a logic based general framework for discrete-event modeling and simulation.

Much of Sargent’s research had practical applications. In particular, he worked with the U.S. Air Force at the Rome Air Development Center (RADC) in Rome, New York, on military problems and served on a handful of committees within the Department of Defense. Working with students, Sargent developed prototype simulation systems and software, including Hierarchical Modeling and Simulation System-Java (HiMASS-j).

As a professor, Sargent taught simulation courses at Syracuse University for over thirty years. He also chaired the dissertations of nine Ph.D. students and worked with students on research projects and grants.

Sargent participated actively in professional organizations and events, including the annual Winter Simulation Conference, the Symposia on the Simulation of Computer Systems, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Management Sciences and the Operations Research Society of America, which merged to become the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, and local professional societies. He gave numerous presentations at conferences and universities around the world and contributed various works of professional literature. For his service work, Sargent has received awards from the ACM, IIE, the WSC Board of Directors, and the INFORMS-College on Simulation Lifetime Professional Achievement Award.

Scope/content

The Robert Sargent Papers, 1961-2002, include teaching materials, publications, research files, presentations, and data tapes documenting his work as a Professor at Syracuse University and on behalf of the United States Air Force. There are also materials, including conference programs, documenting Sargent’s involvement with the Winter Simulation Conference and other professional organizations and meetings.

Physical description

106 archival boxes, 1 half box, 2 flat boxes, 2 cartons

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into the following series:

  • Series 01: Teaching Files
  • Series 02: Publications
  • Series 03: Research Files
  • Series 04: Presentations
  • Series 05: Winter Simulation Conference
  • Series 06: Conferences and Workshops
  • Series 07: Data Tape and Manuals

Use of these materials

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Sargent Papers, MC 00343, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of Robert Sargent, 2008 (Accession no. 2003.0008).

Processing information

Processed by Kellie Strickland; machine-readable finding aid fully revised by Kellie Strickland. Additional miscellaneous material added by Judy Allen Dodson. Finding aid updated by Vivian Phinizy, 2012 February and Stephanie Barnwell, 2012 May.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Sargent Papers, MC 00343, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.