Ralph E. Steuer
Department of Finance

Sanford Family Distinguished Chair in Business

B334 Amos Hall
620 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA, 30602
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Ralph E. Steuer is the Sanford Family Distinguished Chair of Business in the Department of Finance of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. He received an Sc.B. (electrical engineering) from Brown University, an MBA (accounting & finance) from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration (quantitative methods) from the University of North Carolina.  Dr. Steuer is the author of Multiple Criteria Optimization: Theory, Computation and Application, the ADBASE multiple objective linear programming package, and over 100 research articles. Dr. Steuer's research interests are in multiple-attribute portfolio theory, efficient sets and surfaces, multiple objective programming, and multiple criteria decision making.

A recipient of the Lamar Dodd Award for Creative Research in the Sciences from the University of Georgia and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Steuer was a co-founder and has served as President of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making, a society that now has over 3,000 members from almost 100 countries.  In addition, having lectured in 50 countries, Dr. Steuer has been an advisor to universities in emerging countries on the establishment of curricula in management and has been Honorary Dean of the School of Industrial Management at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology in Vietnam since 1991.

Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Dr. Steuer was a Visiting Associate Professor at Princeton University (one year) and on the faculty of the University of Kentucky (eight years).


PhD, Quantitative Methods in Business, University of North Carolina, 1973

MBA, Accounting & Finance, Cornell University, 1966

BS, ScB, Electrical Engineering & Economics, Brown University, 1963

Prior Professional Positions

University of Kentucky, Assistant and Associate Professor, 1972 to 1981

Princeton University, Visiting Associate Professor, 1978 to 1979


Distinguished Research Award, University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, 2016

Gold Medal Award, International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making, 1997

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Kenan-Flagler Graduate School of Business, UNC, 1994

Selected Publications

Journal Articles


  • R. E. Steuer. 1986Multiple Criteria Optimization: Theory, Computation and Application, John Wiley & Sons, New York: 546 pp
  • R. E. Steuer. 1992Multiple Criteria Optimization: Theory, Computation and Application, Russian EditionRadio E Svyaz, Moscow: 504 pp
  • Caballero, R., F. Ruiz and R. E. Steuer (eds.). 1997Advances in Multiple Objective and Goal Programming, Springer-Verlag, Berlin: 391 pp
  • Haimes, Y. Y. and R. E. Steuer (eds.). 2000Research and Practice in Multiple Criteria Decision Making, Springer-Verlag, Berlin: 552 pp.