L. Robin Keller is a full professor of Operations and Decision Technologies at the Paul Merage School of Business, where she has served as the Director of the Doctoral Program  (1985-1986, 2009-2013).

She was the 2015 President of INFORMS, is an INFORMS Fellow, and received the Ramsey Medal in 2015 (for distinguished contributions to decision analysis, the highest award from the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS, with Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS President Eric Bickel in photo below).

L Robin Keller Ramsey Medal Award- from DA Society President Eric Bickel












L. Robin Keller, Professor, Operations & Decision Technologies
School faculty website: http://www.merage.uci.edu/go/Keller
Personal site: http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/lrkeller/
ODT area website: http://www.merage.uci.edu/Faculty/AcademicAreas/ODT.aspx

The Paul Merage School of Business, 4291 Pereira Drive, Building SB2 Room 327
University of California, Irvine CA 92697-3125

(949) 824-6348 | LRKeller@uci.edu
Ms. Ginger Smith, Departmental Assistant | gasmith@exchange.uci.edu, 949-824-2022

Key Research Areas

L. Robin Keller’s research focuses on developing techniques for analyzing decisions. Her decision analysis research spans the areas of multiple attribute decision making, fairness, perceived risk, and planning protection against terrorism, environmental, health, and safety risks.

L. Robin Keller, Professor of Operations and Decision Technologies in the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, joined UCI in 1982 after earning her M.B.A. and Ph.D. in management science from UCLA. She has served many roles in the school, including the Doctoral Program Director and Associate Dean (for the Full-time MBA Program and for Research). She was Program Director for the NSF Decision, Risk, and Management Science Program. Dr. Keller was the Editor-in-Chief of Decision Analysis from 2007-2012, a founding Director-at-large of INFORMS, TIMS Vice President-Finance and Council member, and Decision Analysis Society Chair. She became an INFORMS Fellow in 2004 and received the 2006 Kimball Medal. She is the 2014 President-elect, 2015 President, and 2016 Past President of INFORMS. She is the 2015 Ramsey Medalist (for distinguished contributions to decision analysis, the highest award from the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS).



  • UCLA Andersen Graduate School of Management – September 1982
  • Management Science major with a specialization in decision  analysis. Marketing minor field (Committee Chairs: Dr. Rakesh Sarin and Dr. Moshe Rubinstein)


  • UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management – June 1976
  • Management Science major (Thesis: “Customer Needs of First Los Angeles Bank.”)


  • UCLA – June 1974
  • Mathematics major



UCI: Professor (Full (2001-), Associate (1989-2001), Assistant (1982-1989)); Operations & Decision Technologies Area Coordinator (most recent: 9/2012-3/2013), Doctoral Program Director (2009-2013; 1985-1986); Associate Dean, Full-time MBA (2006-2008); Associate Dean for Research (1992-1993).  NSF Decision, Risk, & Management Science Program Director (1990-1991) and Associate Director (1989-1990), Visiting Assistant Research Professor, Duke’s Fuqua School (Spring 1987). Visiting Scholar, UCLA’s Anderson GSM (9/1993-3/1994)


Ramsey Medal (2015); INFORMS Fellow (2004), Kimball Medal (2006); INFORMS Case Competition Finalist (2005); UCI: Faculty Service Award (2008, 1993), Teaching Award (1983, 1986)


INFORMS® Online - Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences


INFORMS (1995-):  2014 President-elect, 2015 President, and 2016 Past President of INFORMS; Editor-in-Chief, Decision Analysis, 2007-2012; Founding Director-at-Large (1995, 1996); Kimball Medal committee (Chair, 2013, Member 2011-12); TIMS (1977-1994): Vice President-Finance (9/1993-12/1994) & concurrently Chair of TIMS Investment Committee & Co-chair of OR/MS Board Investment & Finance Committees; Council Member (1991-1993); Management Science Departmental Editor (4/1994-1998);  ORSA (Full Member 1985-1994): Nominations Committee (TIMS 1993, ORSA 1990); Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS & ORSA SIG: Past-President, Chair, Chair-elect (Spring 1998-2004), Council Member (1986-1989)


Author of numerous articles in Management Science, Operations Research, Decision Analysis, INFORMS Transactions on Education, Risk Analysis, IEEE Transactions on SMC, Theory & Decision, Annals of Operations Research, OBHDP, and Journal of Risk & Uncertainty. Member of committees authoring National Academies Press books on A Risk-Characterization Framework for Decision-Making at the Food and Drug Administration (2011) and Distribution and Administration of Potassium Iodide in the Event of a Nuclear Incident (2004)


U. S. National Committee for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (2007-2012); Editorial board for EURO Journal on Decision Processes (2012-); Society for Risk Analysis, Society for Medical Decision Making, and Society for Judgment & Decision Making membership.

USC CREATE Homeland Security Center (2005-2010) Scientific Advisory Committee member:


Robin Keller lives in Orange County, California
with her husband, Dr. Henry “Hank” McMillan

 Dr. Hank McMillan and wife Dr. L. Robin Keller

Dr. Hank McMillan and wife Dr. L. Robin Keller