Michael O. Ball
Senior Associate Dean & Dean's Chair in Management Science
Michael O. 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. 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. He worked for two years at Bell Laboratories and has had sabbatical appointments at the University of Waterloo and the University of North Carolina. He is former chair of the Decision Operations and Information Technologies Faculty Area within the Robert H. Smith School of Business and former chair of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Systems Research. He is currently Director of Research for the Smith School.
Ball's research interests are in network optimization and integer programming particularly as applied to problems in transportation systems and supply chain management. He is Co-Director of NEXTOR, the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research. Within NEXTOR, which is funded by the FAA, NASA and members of the airline industry, he directs the Collaborative Decision Making research project. The interdisciplinary nature of his work led to Ball receiving the Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award from the ISR in 1997. He has over 100 publications in the aforementioned areas and has made over 100 presentations on these topics. He also has extensive consulting experience, which, in certain cases, has led to the development and successful implementation of major software systems.
Ball is area editor for transportation for Operations Research and is, or has been, associate editor for Networks, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, Operations Research, Operations Research Letters, Transportation Science and IIE Transactions. He is a member and fellow of INFORMS.