Professor, Teaching Stream, Industrial Engineering
Application of simulation techniques to health care and manufacturing; Ontario electricity market; interfaces between operations research and information systems.
After obtaining a PhD from MIE in 1974, joined University of Manitoba as an Assistant Professor. In 1976, he moved back to Toronto and joined Ontario Hydro (predecessor of Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, and IESO), developing and implementing various Operations Research models, and later managing the groups responsible, for improved operation of the Ontario Power System, including non-linear network optimization models, and database models. Upon joining MIE, Dr. Frances taught various courses in the OR and Information Systems areas, as well as consulting assignments with various organizations including OPG, Hatch, Pratt & Whitney, Canadian Blood Services and Victoria Order of Nurses.