R. Gary Parker is Professor Emeritus in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech.
He joined the faculty in January 1972 and retired at the end of 2011. His research and teaching interests were in discrete and combinatorial optimization with specific interest in graph theory and graph algorithms. His published work appeared in such journals as Discrete Mathematics, Algorithmica, Networks, and Discrete Applied Mathematics. He authored two graduate level textbooks, Discrete Optimization and Deterministic Scheduling Theory. In the late 80s, he was one of the original founders of the elite, interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization (ACO); the Program is jointly sponsored with the College of Computing and the School of Mathematics. In 1996, he was named Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Stewart School, a position he held until his retirement. During his tenure as Graduate Chair, he created the independent Ph.D. in Operations Research.