B.S., Mechanical Engineering (with Honors), Tuskegee University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico
Ph.D., Quantitative Economics and Public Policy,Carnegie-Mellon University
Research and Teaching Interests
Interdisciplinary research and teaching in science and technology policy, defense policy, international security and arms control policy, and regulatory policy, health policy, with a focus on policy analysis using quantitative methodologies. Current substantive areas of interest are policy studies in arms control and disarmament, defense manpower policy, long term health policy, risk management regulations, nuclear trade and weapons proliferation, science and engineering education. Methodological interests are in the teaching, applications, and extensions to public policy analysis, and extensions of operations research/ management science, multivariate statistical and probabilistic models, stochastic processes, engineering economics, managerial economics and econometrics. He has directed research or consulting projects with the President's Commission on Industrial Competitiveness, National Defense University, Mathematics Policy Research, Inc., General Motors, General Electric, 3M Company, U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, Commerce, Education, HUD, Labor, Transportation, NASA, NSF. He has been issued DOD Top Secret and DOE Q security clearances.
Professor Perry has held academic, research, and corporate positions, which include Director, Ph.D. Program in Public Policy, George Mason University, Dean and Professor of Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering and Architecture and Director, Texas Engineering Experiment Station, The Texas A&M University System, Prairie View; Professor and Director, Division of Management Sciences, and MBA Program, Florida A&M University; Supervisor, Ph.D. Students, The Pardee-Rand Graduate School of Policy Studies; Senior Economist and Program Manager, The Rand Corporation; Instructor, and Research Fellow, The Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie-Mellon University; Engineering Project Director, Thermal Systems Design and Analysis, Sandia National Laboratories; and Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Systems, Ford Motor Company.
"Foreign Science and Engineering Ph.D. Production at U.S. Universities During and after the Cold War" (with Robert V. Hamilton), International Journal of Education Research, Vol 3, Number 1, ISSN 1932-8442, Winter 2008.
"Foreign Science and Engineering Ph.D. Production at U.S. Universities: During and after the Cold War"(with Robert Hamilton), Proceedings the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines, " Best Paper Award for Education /Technology",Dallas,TX,May 2007.
"Individuals with Chronic and/or Disabling Conditions: Determinants of Utilization of Physical and Rehabilitation Services," (with Cathy Elrod) Proceedings Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Research Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 2004 and Proceeding, the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines, Biloxi, MS, May 2004.
"U.S. Coast Guard and DOD Enlisted Recruiting Trends in the 1990's," (with Marc Thibault), Proceedings Institute of Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) Conference, Atlanta, GA, November, 2003.
"Benefit/ Cost Analysis of U.S. Demining in Ethiopia and Eritrea," (with Michael Litzleman), Landmines in Africa; Journal of Mine Action, Issue 6.2, Fall, 2002.
"Youth Career Preferences: Military Service, Work or School?" (with Marc Thibault) Proceedings, Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, (APPAM) Research Conference Dallas, TX, November 2002, School of Public Policy Working Paper, 02:2, and submitted to Journal of Arm Forces and
"Commercial Nuclear Trading Networks as Indicators of Nuclear Weapons Intentions," (with Jennifer Hunt Morstein), The Nonproliferation Review, vol.7, no. 3, Fall/ Winter, 2000.
"National Security Policy Research Workshop: Strategic Options Assessments", (with Allen A. Hughes), Technical Paper No. 93.2, Defense Nuclear Agency, U.S. Department of Defense; and The Institute of Public Policy, George Mason University, Fall, 1993.
"Prioritizing Regulatory Policy in Pipeline Safety" (with Kingsley E. Haynes), Proceedings, The Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) Research Conference, Denver, CO, October, 1992 and Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, vol.1, no. 2, June, 1993.
"Corporate and Management Policies for Recruitment, Employment, Training, and Retention of the Secondary Labor Force," P-5535, The Rand Corporation, November, 1975, Proceedings Operations Research Society of American/The Institute of Management Sciences Joint National Meetings, Las Vegas, Nevada, November, 1975, and a revised version in A. Charnes, W.W. Cooper, and R.J. Neihous, eds. Management Science Approaches to Manpower Planning and Organization Design, TIMS Studies in the Management Sciences, vol. 8, North-Holland Publishing Co., 1978.
Presentations and Proceedings
"Measurement of Foreign Science and Engineering Doctoral Attainment at American Universities" (with Robert V. Hamilton), Proceedings Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Research Conference, November 2009, Washington D.C.
Perry, W.D. , D. Coleman, and A. Hughes. " The Role of Data Governance to Relieve Information Sharing Impairments in the Federal Government." Proceedings IEEE, 2009 World Congress on Computer Science and Information Engineering, Los Angeles, CA, April 2009.
Perry, W. D., and L. Shelley. "Transnational Threats and Drugs in Critical Regions." Presented to the Department of Defense, 2008.
Perry, W. D., and R. Hamilton. "Foreign Science and Engineering Ph.D. Production at U.S. Universities: During and after the Cold War." Proceedings the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines. Best Paper Award for Education /Technology. Dallas, TX, May 2007.
Professor Perry has been a Licensed Professional Engineer and Eminent Engineer of Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering) and Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering) Honor Societies. He has been selected to the International Who's Who of Intellectuals, Who's Who Among Black Americans, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in Texas, Who's Who Among University Professors, and Distinguished Alumni Award, Carnegie-Mellon University. He received a White House Award presented by President Reagan, Office of Science and Technology Policy, for Model University Alliances with Federal Agencies, National Laboratories, and Private Sector Businesses, U. S. Atomic Energy Commission, Nuclear Weapons Service Award.
Professor Perry is an ordained Deacon of Centreville Baptist Church, a member of the United Nations Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security and Men's Bible Study Fellowship, International. He has served on the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, National Science Foundation, Advisory Committee for Design and Manufacturing Systems and was a member of the committees and original faculty that established the College of Engineering at Florida A&M University/Florida State University and the Institute of Public Policy at George Mason University.