Decision, Operations & Information Technologies

Smith Business Close-Up: More Airlines Mergers Ahead?

Feb. 21, 2013; Feb. 24, 2013

American Airlines and US Airways are said to be ironing out the details of a merger that would create the world’s largest carrier. What could a deal mean for the industry, airports and passengers?

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Mike Ball talks about the impacts of a mega merger in the airlines industry.

Smith Business Close-Up: Maryland’s Massive Online Open Courses

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 7, 2013, 7:30 a.m.

The digital age has changed education, including making it easier than ever to make content available to the masses through free online courses. These Massive Online Open Courses – MOOCs – are a growing trend in education and University of Maryland is part of the movement.

Michael O. Ball

Michael Ball is the Senior Associate Dean and Dean's Chair in Management Science at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He also holds a joint appointment within the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) in the Clark School of Engineering. Dr. Ball received a BES in Engineering Science in 1972 and an MSE in Operations Research in 1972 from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Operations Research in 1977 from Cornell University.

Lawrence Bodin

Dr. Bodin's research and consulting interests are in the areas of network optimization, large optimization models, transportation planning, logistics and distribution, and the solution of vehicle routing and scheduling problems over street networks. He has consulted for many organizations including the United States Postal Service, Federal Express Corporation, Southern California Gas Company, and Waste Management, Inc.

Yi Xu

Yi Xu is an Associate Professor of Operations Management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include product assortment optimization, pricing, innovation and new product development, supply chain management, and Marketing and Operations Interface.

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