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Robert E. Machol

Geburtstag: 16. Oktober 1917
Todesdatum: 12. November 1998

Robert Engel Machol was an American systems engineer and professor of systems at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University. Machol wrote the earliest significant books directly related to systems engineering. He was also Chief Scientist for the Federal Aviation Administration, President of the Operations Research Society of America, and an encyclopedia editor. Wikipedia

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„If the assumptions are wrong, the conclusions aren't likely to be very good.“

—  Robert E. Machol

Cited in: Norman Pascoe (2011) Reliability Technology: Principles and Practice of Failure Prevention in Electronic Systems. Ch. 5
Principles of Operations Research (1975)

„The conclusions of most good operations research studies are obvious.“

—  Robert E. Machol

Cited in: Paul Dickson (1999) The official rules and explanations. p. 14
Machol named this the "Billings Phenomenon". Dickson explains: "The name refers to a well-known Billings story in which a farmer becomes concerned that his black horses are eating more than his white horses. He does a detailed study of the situation and finds that he has more black horses than white horses, Machol points out."
Principles of Operations Research (1975)

„Everyone knows what engineering is. All that's left is to define systems, and I'm not fool enough to do that.“

—  Robert E. Machol

Quelle: Mathematicians are useful (1971), p. 1: Machol explains his definition of systems engineering.

„There comes a time when one must stop suggesting and evaluating new solutions, and get on with the job of analyzing and implementing one pretty good solution.“

—  Robert E. Machol

Cited in: " Joke, Anecdotes, etc http://www.moshe-online.com/worms/jokes/jokes.html" by Moshe Sniedovich, 2013
Principles of Operations Research (1975)

„Most accidents in well-designed systems involve two or more events of low probability occurring in the worst possible combination.“

—  Robert E. Machol

Cited in: Richard K. Betts (1982) Surprise attack: lessons for defense planning. p. 158
Principles of Operations Research (1975)

„[Systems should be classified] on the basis of the types of inputs with which they must cope.“

—  Robert E. Machol

Quelle: System Engineering (1957), p. 299; As cited in: Thomas C. Ford (2008) Interoperability Measurement. p. 146

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