Associate Professor

Dr. Novak is an Associate Professor in the Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont. His research interests center on the application of decision sciences / operations research based solution methodologies to solve a variety of real-world problems. Much of his recent work has focused on the design and use of modeling approaches and performance measures that address complex characteristics of systems such as the spatial structure of transportation and communications networks and relationships between nodes, links, and flows within those systems. He is particularly interested in the overlap between operations research, spatial geography, policy / planning, and decision support systems. Dr. Novak is an Associate Faculty member at the University of Vermont's Transportation Research Center (TRC) and is involved with the Complex Systems Center (CSC) at UVM. He is also a member of the Center for Supply Networks (CaSN) at Arizona State University.

His teaching interests are fairly diverse and include topics related to decision analysis and decision support, analytics and applied statistics, and the use of information technology / information systems to improve decision making. Dr. Novak teaches BSAD 30, an introductory decision analysis course, BSAD 141, an introductory management information systems course and BSAD 146, an elective course focused on telecommunications networking.

Dr. Novak earned a Ph.D. in Management Science and Information Technology from Virginia Tech in 2001 and an M.S. in Agriculture and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech in 1994. After completing the Master's degree, he spent about 4 years working for an economic and financial consulting firm in the Washington, DC area. He has also worked as an analyst in the research and development branch of a telecommunications firm and has worked in the transportation engineering group for a transportation research center at a large public university. He has published in journals such as the European Journal of Operational Research, Decision Support Systems, Computers and Operations Research, Networks and Spatial Economics, Transportation Research Part A, and the Journal of Transport Geography.

David Novak


  • Ph.D. Management Science and Information Technology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 2001. Dissertation Title: A Methodology for Characterization and Performance Analysis of Connection-Based Network Access Technologies
  • M.S. Agricultural and Applied Economics, VPI and S.U. 1994. Thesis Title: Meeting State Waste Stream Recycling Mandates Through Recycling: Examining Residential Waste Disposal Behavior in Rural Virginia
  • B.A. Economics, VPI and S.U. 1991.


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Office Location:

310 Kalkin

Office Hours:

Tues, Thurs 4:00 - 5:00pm or by appointment

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