Decision, Operations & Information Technologies

Fearless Ideas Courses Inspire Innovation

The University of Maryland offers a set of “Fearless Ideas” courses through its Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (AIE), a signature initiative to infuse the university with a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across all colleges, building on the institution's excellence as a research university.

The Robert H. Smith School of Business will offer four Fearless Ideas courses in fall 2014:

Smith School Business Summit Addresses Innovation

On March 28, 2014, at the North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Md., students, faculty and business professionals met for the third annual Smith School Business Summit. This year’s theme looked at innovation as an essential building block for the prosperity and survival of corporations. With more than 600 registered attendants, it was the largest Summit yet.

Shannon Lantzy

Shannon began the program in Fall 2010.  Her research interests include information asymmetry, information processing, information use, consumer judgement and choice, consumer-to-consumer information sharing, use and value.

Spring 2015 Events

  • Dept Open House

-       Tues, Feb 10; 5-6 pm; Frank Auditorium

-       Faculty Champions: Frank Alt, Peng Huang, and Siva Viswanathan

-       Administrative support: Lindsey E. Johnson

  • DOIT Dept Meeting

-       Fri, Feb 13; 12-2 pm (lunch will be provided); Rm. 1511

  • Annual Monte Carlo Night Gala [Smith School event]

-       Sat, Feb 28; 8pm - 12am; Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Washington D.C.

-       Attire: Black Tie Optional

-       Ticket Price:  $80; purchase ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/13th-annual-monte-carlo-gala-tickets-146126...

  • TechFest

-       Wed, Apr 1; 6-8 PM; VMH 1524, Frank Auditorium

-       Faculty Champions: Zeinab Karake

-       Administrative Support: Lindsey E. Johnson

  • Cupid’s Cup [Smith School event]

-       Wed, April 22; Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland

  • CIBER: Emerging Markets Forum

-       Fri, April 24 (more info coming soon)

-       Faculty Champion: Kislaya Prasad

  • IBM Business Analytics Workshop

-       Monday, May 18 (more info coming soon)

-       Faculty Champions: Mike Ball and Tunay Tunca

  • POMS 26th Annual Conference

-       May 8-11, 2015; Washington Hilton 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

-       http://www.pomsmeetings.org/EventsNet/?pr=1&ev=60

  • DOIT Seminar Series
OM Seminars
Date Time Speaker Name Room Institute Contact Faculty Host
2/6/2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM John Turner 1518 UC Irvine john.turner@uci.edu Wedad Elmaghraby
2/20/2015 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Matt Taddy 2505 Chicago taddy@chicagobooth.edu Shawn Mankad
3/6/2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Mehmet Altug 1511 GWU maltug@gwu.edu Tunay Tunca
3/27/2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Monica Gentili 1505 GIT monica_gentili_2005@hotmail.it Bruce Golden
5/15/2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Noah Gans 3330H Upenn gans@wharton.upenn.edu Ilya Ryzhov
4/24/2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Victor Jose 1505 Georgetown victor.jose@georgetown.edu Tunay Tunca
5/1/2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Jose Zubizarreta 1518 Columbia  zubizarreta@columbia.edu Raghu Raghavan
             
IS Seminars
Date Time Speaker Name Room Institute Contact Faculty Host
1/20/2015 1:30 PM -3:00 PM Dokyun Lee 2511 Upenn leedok@wharton.upenn.edu  Gordon Gao
1/29/2015 1:30 PM -3:00 PM Kunpeng Zhang 2515 UIC kzhang6@uic.edu Margret Bjarnadottir
2/2/2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Zia Hydari 2511 Carnegie Mellon    Kate Stewart
2/5/2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Frank Nagle 2505 Harvard fnagle@hbs.edu Anand Gopal
2/10/2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Jing Gong 2511 Carnegie Mellon   Gordon Gao 
3/27/2015 1:30 PM -2:45 PM Panos Ipeirotis 1511 NYU panos@stern.nyu.edu Siva Viswanathan
4/17/2015 1:30 PM -2:45 PM Feng Zhu 2505 Harvard fzhu@hbs.edu Peng Huang
5/8/2015 1:30 PM -2:45 PM Barrie Nault 2511 Calgary nault@ucalgary.ca TBD
  • MSIS Community Lunches (all held in Rm. 2517)

2/9 11:45 - 1pm

3/2 11:45 - 1pm

4/13 11:45 - 1pm

  • School Assemblies

January 30, 2015 - FACULTY ONLY

March 27, 2015 - FACULTY ONLY

May 15, 2015 - FACULTY AND STAFF

Every assembly will be from 10am - 12noon. 

TECHFEST 2014

TechFest is an annual forum hosted by the Department of Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies at the Robert H Smith School of Business, UMD. TechFest brings together leaders from industry and government, who are at the forefront of game-changing transformations enabled by digital technologies, to share their expertise and passion with undergraduate and master’s students at the Smith School. TechFest serves as a valuable forum for students to learn about the amazing potential of information technologies and to explore what it means for their careers.

Time: 
April 9, 2014 - 6:00pm

TECHFEST 2014

TechFest is an annual forum hosted by the Department of Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, UMD. TechFest brings together leaders from industry and government, who are at the forefront of game-changing transformations enabled by digital technologies, to share their expertise and passion with undergraduate and master’s students at the Smith School. TechFest serves as a valuable forum for students to learn about the amazing potential of information technologies and to explore what it means for their careers.

The Information Systems programs @ Smith rank among the best in the world. The undergraduate and graduate programs in Information Systems have been consistently ranked among the nation’s top programs by U.S.News & World Report, and BusinessWeek, among others. 

Business Transformation with Big Data & Analytics

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014 @ 6 P.M.
TYSER AUDITORIUM
VAN MUNCHING HALL

BUSINESS CASUAL ATTIRE | PIZZAS AND PRIZES!!!

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Participating Firms

Speakers

Michael Brown
Chief Technology Officer
comScore, Inc. 

Michael Brown was a founding member of comScore, Inc. in 1999.  He leads the technology efforts of the company to measure Internet and Digital activities.  comScore’s environment currently has over one year of data online and captures over 1.5 trillion rows of new data every month to measure the Internet in over 45 countries. He also has been responsible for over twenty patent applications at comScore.   Seven of these patents have already been issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office. 

Prior to joining comScore in 1999, Mike worked on several different projects for companies in the Washington, DC area.  One of these projects included working on a large help desk deployment and modernization effort for Deutsche Bahn in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1993, Mike cofounded Pragmatic Image Technologies with several associates from IBM.  This consulting group focused on the implementation of IBM’s ImagePlus technologies at several different firms.  One of the core projects completed was the successful role out of IBM’s ImagePlus product at Pennsylvania Blue Shield to over 1,200 users resulting in the largest image workflow installation on the east coast at that time.

Mike began his career at IBM in 1989 at the age of 19 in the image processing team in Gaithersburg, MD.  He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at night at the University of Maryland University College in 1992 and earned his Master’s degree from Hood College in Computer and Information Science in 1997. Please follow this link to view Mike’s profile on LinkedIn.

Jeanne Holm
Chief Knowledge Architect
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 

As the Evangelist for Data.Gov (an open government flagship project for the White House), Jeanne Holm leads collaboration and builds communities with the public, educators, developers, and international and state governments in using open government data. Jeanne is the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, driving innovation through social media, virtual worlds, gaming, ontologies, and collaborative systems, including the award-winning NASA public portal (www.nasa.gov) and pioneering knowledge architectures within the US Department of Defense. She is a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics, a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, and Chair of the W3C eGovernment Group, and has more than 130 publications on information systems, knowledge management, and innovation.

She is a graduate of UCLA, the Drucker School of Management, and Claremont Graduate University. She is an instructor at UCLA and formerly at Pepperdine University and her courses focus on knowledge management, social network analysis, and collaborative systems. She has been awarded numerous honors, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for leadership (twice), NASA Achievement Award for her work on the Galileo and Voyager spacecraft, three Webby’s from The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, Competia’s Champion of the Year, three best practice awards from the APQC, and has led NASA to an unprecedented three global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) awards.

Raza

Faisal Raza
Senior Director Technical Operations
Opower 

Faisal has been immersed in the software industry for 12 years, where he has helped companies provide innovative products and services to customers seeking a competitive advantage. He is passionate about envisioning, creating and introducing cutting-edge software products and solutions to enable companies to improve profitability, implement leaner and faster business processes, and change the global perspective of how to conduct business more intelligently. He is currently a Senior Director of Technical Operations at Opower, a customer engagement and energy efficiency technology company. He is responsible for delivering Opower's customer engagement products, solutions and solutions to domestic and global clients. 

Working with 93 utility partners and serving more than 32 million households and businesses across eight countries, Opower is a leading provider of cloud-based software to the utility industry. This blue chip client portfolio includes 27 of the 50 largest utilities in the US, and 14 of the 50 largest utilities worldwide. Opower’s platform uses big data analytics and behavioral science to enable utilities to achieve energy outcomes, including energy efficiency, customer engagement, demand response, and thermostat management. Founded in 2007 and publicly traded, Opower is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with offices in San Francisco, London, Singapore and Tokyo. Opower’s success has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, Fox Business News, LA Times, Good Morning America, and President Obama.

Hassan Sayyadi
Lead Researcher
Comcast Research Lab, Washington D.C.

Hassan Sayyadi is a Lead Researcher at the Comcast Research Lab in Washington DC. His research interests lie in the general field of machine learning with a special focus on recommendation and ranking problems in the TV and video domain. At Comcast, he is leading the personalization research team that develops novel personalized search, browse, and recommendation solutions to improve the experience for Comcast’s customers. He is also getting his PhD in computer science from University of Maryland. In his PhD research, he is working on ranking problems in heterogeneous networks, including prediction, personalization, and learning to rank.

Congratulations to Top Graduating Seniors

Congratulations to the Top Graduating Seniors in each major for 2013-14! We will honor these seniors at our 14th Annual Robert H. Smith School of Business Undergraduate Awards Dinner later this semester.

Dean's Leadership Award: Stephanie Graf

Accounting: Kristen Ballou

Finance: Hrach Kelejian

Information Systems: Miles Dickinson

International Business: Claire Moriarty

Management: Sara Ali

Marketing: Lindsay Djuhadi

Smith School Business Summit March 28

Successful businesses thrive on innovation. It’s the key to a competitive advantage and should be part of every business strategy and strategic vision. 

Discover ways to jumpstart your innovation strategy in 2014 and beyond. Join us for the third annual Smith School Business Summit, presented by the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business on Friday, March 28 at the Marriott North Bethesda. 

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