Michael Ball is the Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and holds the Deanís Chair in Management Science at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He also has a joint appointment within the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) in the Clark School of Engineering and is a member of the Decision, Operations and Information Technologies Department within the Smith School.
Dr. Ball has over 100 scholarly publications, covering a range of subjects including air transportation, revenue management and pricing, supply chain management and system reliability. He has been co-Director of NEXTOR-II, an 8-university consortium funded by the FAA to carry our research in aviation operations research. Several of his research and consulting projects have led to implementations in industry and government. In the past five years he has been a member of various expert panels that have given advice to the United Nations, the FAA, the National Academy of Science and multiple airport authorities on aviation policies.
Throughout his career Dr. Ball has been an active member of INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. He just stepped down as area editor for Transportation for Operations Research and is now associate editor for the journals, Operations Research and Transportation Science. In 2008, he was president of the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society. In 2004, he was named an INFORMS Fellow.
Dr. Ball received BES and MSE degrees from Johns Hopkins University in 1972 and a PhD in Operations Research from Cornell University in 1977.