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Featured Researchers

Sep 01, 2008


Michael Ball, Orkand Corporation Professor of Management Science, holds a joint appointment within the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) at the A. James Clark School of Engineering and received his PhD from Cornell University. His 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. He also has extensive consulting experience, which in certain cases has led to the development and successful implementation of major software systems

Rosellina Ferraro
, assistant professor of marketing, received her PhD from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Her research focuses on consumer behavior, and specifically, the effects of nonconscious social influence on choice and preference and the effects of external threats on consumption behavior.


Itir Karaesmen, assistant professor of management science, received her PhD from Columbia University. She works in the area of operations management, with applications in revenue management, service operations and supply chain management, with interests in decision making under uncertainty. Her ongoing research on design of dynamic service networks is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Subra Tangirala, assistant professor of management and organization, received his PhD from Purdue University. His research focuses on interpersonal communication in organizations. He studies how technology is influencing the way employees communicate with each other. Recently, he has also explored reasons why employees often remain silent despite having information, concerns or suggestions to share, and what organizations can do to facilitate candid exchange of ideas at the workplace.

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