Dean Hartley

Dean Hartley

Title: Principal
Company: Hartley Consulting
Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States

Dean S. Hartley, Principal at Hartley Consulting, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in scientific research.

Whilst pursuing his PhD, Dr. Hartley focused on pure math and used it for applied math in operations research, in which he has been notably successful for his work in the military, industry, laboratory and business. He received a BA in mathematics and foreign languages, summa cum laude, from Wofford College in 1968, and went on to earn a PhD in mathematics from the University of Georgia in 1973. Before beginning his civilian career, Dr. Hartley served as a captain in the U.S. Army, as a military operations researcher and deputy branch head at the Command & Control Technical Center in Washington from 1973 to 1977.

Dr. Hartley spent nearly 10 years working for Milliken & Co. in their Spartanburg, South Carolina and LaGrange, Georgia locations. In 1977, he began working in operations research in Spartanburg, in 1979 moving to the position of production planning manager in LaGrange until 1984, then serving as a marketing manager for the next two years. From 1986 to 1990, Dr. Hartley was a research staff member at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and from 1990 to 2001, he was a senior research staff member within other Department of Energy units, ending at the Y12 Complex. In an effort to work on his own projects and contribute to the field in new ways, since 2001, Dr. Hartley has served as principal at Hartley Consulting.  Distinguished for his development of the Oak Ridge Spreadsheet Battle Model and the DIME/PMESII VV&A Tool, he spearheaded numerous projects to improve government and business operations.

Throughout the duration of his scientific career, Dr. Hartley has been honored on numerous occasions for his contributions. Most recently, in 2013, he was the recipient of the Steinhardt Award from the Military Applications Society, a lifetime achievement in operations, which he calls the highlight of his career. The Military Applications Society also presented him with the Koopman Prize in 1994, and in 1977, Dr. Hartley was awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal from the Department of Defense for his service with the U.S. Army. Dr. Hartley attributes his success to his exceptional mentors from his college years such as Professor Hill and Professor Harrington, from the mathematics and geology departments. However, he believes it is the process of problem-solving and the satisfaction of seeing answers put into practice that is the driving force of his work.

In his later life, Dr. Hartley began writing full time and has since put out multiple scientific books including, “An Ontology for Unconventional Conflict,” in 2018, and “Unconventional Conflict: A Modeling Perspective,” in 2017. In 1991, he also published, “Predicting Combat Effects,” was associate editor of Military Operations Research and was a contributor of chapters to books and articles to professional journals. Finding the connection between science and writing has been pivotal in Dr. Hartley’s life, as he enjoys sharing with readers the fascination with his work. Dr. Hartley holds membership with the Military Operations Research Society, INFORMS College on Simulation, Military Applications Society, Phi Beta Kappa and the American Legion. To attest to Dr. Hartley’s career accomplishments, he can also be found in the 58th and 59th edition of Who’s Who in America.

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