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Research to Practice: A social media forum is a terrible thing to waste. Yet market researchers rarely know what to do with the consumer commentary that abounds online. Smith marketing Professor Wendy Moe is helping to change that with a new approach described in the August 2014 issue of The Journal of Marketing Research.  “Companies can navigate the noise that dominates the Internet and extract timely, inexpensive and accurate data when they control for basic human tendencies that shape online conversations,” says Moe, winner of the 2014 Robert D. Buzzell Marketing Science Institute Best Paper Award. As academic director of Smith’s Master of Science in Marketing Analytics program, Moe also shares her findings with her students. “They do not have to wait until research is published,” she says. “At the Smith School our students have access to the latest business knowledge as it develops.” 

Smith School research rankings

4 Academic excellence and business research (CEOWorld, 2014)

6 Research contributions (University of Texas at Dallas, 2014)

14 Intellectual capital (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2012)

24 Research (Financial Times, 2014) 

Smith School Scholar-Teachers

The Distinguished Scholar-Teachers program, established in 1978, honors University of Maryland professors who have demonstrated success in scholarship and teaching. Overall, the Smith School has produced 16 award recipients.

2014-2015: Gilad Chen

2013-2014: Michel Wedel

2011-2012: Ritu Agarwal

2010-2011: Curt Grimm

2004-2005: Michael Fu

2002-2003: M. Susan Taylor

2000-2001: Bruce Golden

1998-1999: Saul Gass

1997-1998: Anil Gupta

1995-1996: Ken Smith

1994-1995: Maryam Alavi

1993-1994: Lee Preston

1989-1990: Kathryn Bartol

1984-1985: Samuel Kotz

1983-1984: Edwin A. Locke

1979-1980: Stephen Carroll


Big 10 Business Schools

Comparison of full-time MBA programs (Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S News & World Report are U.S. rankings; Financial Times is global).





Northwestern (Kellogg)




Michigan (Ross)




Indiana (Kelley)




Maryland (Smith)




Ohio State (Fisher)








Minnesota (Carlson)




Michigan State (Broad)




Penn State (Smeal)








Purdue (Krannert)




Iowa (Tippie)












Other key rankings:

2 Student satisfaction (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2012)

2 Student satisfaction (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2012)

2 Career services (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2012)

2 Teachers (Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2012)

4 Online MBA, U.S. (Poets & Quants)

11 PhD program, world (Financial Times, 2014)

18 Undergraduate program, U.S. (2014 U.S. News & Report, 2013)

22 Part-time MBA program, U.S. (2015 U.S. News & Report, 2014)

Full list of rankings.

2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

Big Year for New Big Ten School

Big Ten membership will bring a new level of athletic competition for the University of Maryland. The conference realignment also means new opportunities to collaborate and compete in academics. The Robert H. Smith School of Business welcomes the challenge and has kept busy in recent months preparing for an exciting era of growth. Here are 10 big headlines from the new Big Ten school, covering the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014. 

1. New dean: Finance Professor Alex Triantis becomes the school’s eighth dean on Sept. 1, 2013.

2. Marketing analytics: Smith adds a fifth Master of Science specialization in fall 2013.

3. Distance learning: The school launches an Online MBA in January 2014, which soon earns a No. 4 ranking in the United States from Poets & Quants.

4. Research prowess: Smith ranks No. 6 worldwide in research rankings updated April 3, 2014, from the University of Texas at Dallas.

5. Top programs: Undergraduate, MBA and Ph.D. programs all earn top 25 rankings from major publications.

6. Major client: U.S. Customs and Border Protection brings its Leadership Institute to Smith under a $7.2 million, five-year agreement.

7. Center of Excellence: Smith partners with the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences to create the Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation and Crime (C-BERC).

8. G.I. concierge: The school adds a dedicated staff member to help military students.

9. Application spike: Recruiters generate a 30 percent increase in MBA applications for fall 2014.

10. Women’s empowerment: Smith becomes one of six new schools to join the Forté Foundation, an alliance for women in the workplace.

Download PDF of the 2014 annual report.

Women Leading Women

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6 – 9 p.m.
Frank Auditorium, Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland, College Park

Women Leading Women is an annual event that celebrates our fearless female Terps and other businesswomen, empowering them to reach their full potential. This complimentary event is open to all women, including Smith and University of Maryland alumnae, faculty, staff and students, as well as guests and friends.

Women need advocacy and support at each stage of their careers. While the number of females in management positions is growing, women still have fewer role models and mentors than men. Women Leading Women is an event for, by and about women, and presents opportunities to discover common ground and make lasting connections. 

A Conversation With...

Andrea Brody

Andrea Brody ’87
Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for BravoSolution

Each year, Women Leading Women showcases an inspiring trailblazer in business. This year’s honoree is marketing and sales executive Andrea Brody.  

Andrea Brody has built her career around understanding customers and their needs. Her fascination with consumer behavior dates back to her time as a Smith student observing reactions to in-store ads for a class project.

Fast-forward to today. Brody is now senior vice president of global marketing at BravoSolution, a provider of supply management technology and services with world headquarters in Milan, Italy.

Prior to coming to BravoSolution, Brody was vice president of global marketing and business development at OpenText GXS in Gaithersburg, Md. There, she helped advance the company’s mission of helping business clients connect with customers and suppliers to share critical information electronically across global supply chains.

Brody studied marketing as an undergraduate at Smith (’87) and received a Master of Science in Information Systems at American University (’96).

Women Leading Women is presented by the Office of Alumni Relations at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. This is a complimentary, women-only event.

Clone of Alumni Board

Alumni Event

The Smith Alumni Chapter Board functions in an advisory capacity to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations in the areas of programming and marketing to the alumni. The mission of the Alumni Chapter Board is to support the vision of the Smith School of Business by creating a vibrant alumni experience and fostering lifelong relationships between the school and alumni community.

The Alumni Chapter Board will support the Smith School in achieving the following objectives:

  • Strengthen the Smith community through alumni events that are well attended, executed and provide alumni with lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Build a strong alumni bench to tap into for networking, speaking and volunteering experiences.
  • Leverage alumni relationshops to help current students identify career paths and secure jobs.

The Alumni Chapter Board members are alumni from the undergraduate, full-time MBA, part-time MBA, MS and PhD programs.  In addition, the board also consists of student representatives from each program.  The experience and feedback from alumni are key to the success of the Smith School.


2013-2014 Alumni Chapter Board

Melissa Davis, MBA '06


Etim Edim, MBA '05 



Clarence "CJ" Grant, MBA '05


Eric Grant, MBA '07


Brittany Hargest '08


Stacey Lacer '06


Lin "Liam" Li, MS '12


John Masoudpour '01, MBA '07


Brian Meenaghan '05


Robin Meister '03


Todd Poling, MBA '06


Jennifer Reynolds, EMBA '11


Alison Taylor '09


Mark Weinstein '05
Immediate Past Chair



Upcoming Events

Please check back soon for upcoming events.

Past Events

Terps Gamewatch
Saturday, February 16, 2013

Terps in the Community
Saturday, January 13, 2013
PhilabundanceFieldhouse Philly

Finding Your Ethical North with Dr. Gerald Suarez
Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Smith Philly Alumni Club Launch
October 24, 2012
Xfinty Live! Complex
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Beer Tasting
February 12, 2012
Yards Brewing Company

Community Service Project
January 1, 2012
Community Service Project
Philabundance (a non-profit food bank)

Eagles Gamewatch
December 1, 2011
Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse

Happy Hour
September 7, 2011
The Triumph Brewing Company

Club Leaders

Matt Bridge ’03

Drew Holzapfel, MBA ’06

Dave Charton '02
Marketing Chair

Laura Hamilton '11
Membership Chair

John Savoy '09
Programming Chair


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