Decision, Operations & Information Technologies

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.

Siva Viswanathan

EDUCATION 
Ph.D., Information Systems, New York University. 
M.Phil., Information Systems, New York University. 
M.B.A., Finance and General Management, Indian Institute of Management (India) 
B.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Annamalai University (India)

Tunay Tunca

Tunay Tunca is a Professor of Management Science and Operations Management at Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland. He received his MS in Financial Mathematics and PhD in Business Administration from Stanford University, MS in Management Science from the University of Rochester, and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics with honors from Bogazici University. Prior to joining University of Maryland, he was an Associate Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology at Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Katherine Stewart

  • Ph.D., Management and Information Systems, University of Texas at Austin, 2000.
  • B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida, 1992. Major: Computer and Information Science, Minor: English 

Ilya Ryzhov

Ilya Ryzhov is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management in the Department of Decision, Operations and Information Technologies. He received his Ph.D. in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University in 2011. His research deals with the role of information in decision analysis, exploring the way in which new information influences and improves decision-making strategies. Information has an economic value that can be measured and balanced against other economic concerns as part of the decision-making process. Dr.

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