Michael J. Armstrong

Associate professor of operations research, Brock University

I work in the field of operations research. This specialty uses mathematical models to analyze and improve the performance of systems in business and the public sector. My current research involves models of military combat. These models can help us understand issues in international security studies and in military history. I have analyzed missile warfare at sea (e.g., anti-ship cruise missiles), rocket defenses on land (e.g., Israel's Iron Dome), and key battles in history (e.g., Balaclava, Gettysburg, and Coral Sea).

I have also collaborated on research to help university students make better decisions about their studies. We have examined how students respond to feedback about their grades, and how well they perform when repeating courses.

I have been a Fulbright visiting research chair at Norwich University, and a visiting professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Most of my research papers are available on Brock University's Digital Repository site.

I teach courses in quality improvement, game theory, and operations management. I hold several professional certifications from the American Society for Quality.


  • 2008–present
    Associate professor, Brock University
  • 2004–2008
    Associate professor, Carleton University
  • 2001–2004
    Assistant professor, Carleton University
  • 1998–2001
    Assistant professor, Royal Military College of Canada


  • 1996 
    University of British Columbia, PhD in Business (Management Science)


  • 2017
    Influence of target and actual grades on studying intentions, The International Journal of Management Education 15 #1 49-59
  • 2015
    Is the second time the charm for students repeating introductory finance?, Journal of Financial Education 41 #1 32-49
  • 2015
    Refighting Pickett’s Charge: mathematical modeling of the Civil War battlefield, Social Science Quarterly 96 #4 1153–1168
  • 2015
    A counterfactual study of the Charge of the Light Brigade, Historical Methods 48 #2 80-89
  • 2014
    The salvo combat model with a sequential exchange of fire, Journal of the Operational Research Society 65 #10 1593-1601
  • 2014
    The performance of new and repeating students in introductory economics, Journal of the Academy of Business Education 15 Spring 84-96
  • 2014
    Modeling short-range ballistic missile defense and Israel’s Iron Dome system, Operations Research 62 #5 1028-1039
  • 2013
    To repeat or not to repeat a course, Journal of Education for Business 88 #6 339-344
  • 2013
    A preliminary study of grade forecasting for students, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education 11 #2 193-210
  • 2013
    The salvo combat model with area fire, Naval Research Logistics 60 #8 652-660

Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Quality
  • Institute for Operations Research & Management Science
  • Canadian Operational Research Society
  • Society for Military History
  • International Studies Association

Research Areas

  • Stochastic Analysis And Modelling (010406)
  • Simulation And Modelling (080110)
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified (091599)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Quality Management (150313)
  • Defence Studies (160604)
  • Historical Studies Not Elsewhere Classified (210399)
  • Operations Research (010206)


Fulbright Visiting Research Chair (2013-2014), Chancellor's Chair for Teaching Excellence (2012-2015), Research Achievement Award (2005)