Decision, Operations & Information Technologies

Smith Boasts Six INFORMS Fellows

Michael Fu, professor of management science, and Lawrence Bodin, professor emeritus of management science, have been named as fellows for 2008 by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). This singular honor, awarded to about 2 percent of the organizations 11,000 members, has now been held by six members of the Smith Schools decision and information technologies department.

Smith School Honors Outstanding Teachers with Krowe/Legg Mason Awards

For more than 20 years, the Smith School has been honoring and rewarding outstanding faculty members, instructors and PhD students for their teaching excellence. The Krowe Teaching Award committee, comprised of faculty Smith School faculty members Galit Shmueli, Charley Olson, Mary Harms, and Jeff Kudisch, has announced the following winners and finalists for the 2006-2007 Krowe Teaching Awards and the Legg Mason Award. Nominations were received from students, alumni, deans, department chairs, directors and administrators.

Deadline Closing On Call for Nominations for Robert H. Smith School of Business 2007 Leadership and Excellence Awards

College Park, Md. December 5, 2006 The University of Marylands Robert H. Smith School of Business is posting a last call for nominations for the schools 2007 Smith Leadership and Excellence Awards by the Dec. 14 deadline for submission. The annual awards, which pay tribute to business leaders and organizations that have made a significant and positive impact in the mid-Atlantic region, will be presented in four categories: Business Excellence, Leaders for the Digital Economy, Leadership Excellence, and Public Excellence.

Executives Discuss IT Trends & Investment Opportunities in Japan

Japanese and American business people met at the Robert H. Smith School of Business on November 20 to discuss IT trends and investment opportunities in Japan. The luncheon was part of the State of Maryland's sister state program with the Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan. Kanagawa is a prefecture located in the southern Kantō region of Honshū, Japan. The capital is Yokohama. Kanagawa is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. Officials from both governments attended the luncheon.

BusinessWeek Names Erich Studer-Ellis One of Nation's Favorite Business School Professors

Erich Studer-Ellis, Tyser Teaching Fellow of management science and statistics at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, has been named byBusinessWeek as one of the nation's favorite undergraduate business school professors. Studer-Ellis is one of 22 U.S. faculty members undergraduate students mentioned most frequently when surveyed by BusinessWeek in 2006.

"I was unbelievably impressed," says recent grad and teaching assistant Erin Olshever of Studer-Ellis in the BusinessWeek story. "In a class of 250 students, he could call on anyone by name."

Smith Faculty Headline Management Conference in Zrich

Smith faculty members brought the Smith Schools thought leadership to Europe in a series of workshops Tuesday, October 3 at the 16th Zrich MBA Congress. Rhonda Reger, professor of management and organization, Gurdip Bakshi, professor of finance, Judy Frels, senior director of custom programs, and Rob Sheehan, academic director for executive MBA and executive degree programs, were among thought leaders presenting at the conference, which focused on leading management issues.

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