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D&IT Department

Jan 01, 2006


Information systems and networks represent the critical infrastructure on which corporations and the economy depend not only for the execution of operations, but also for the formulation of strategy andcompetitive differentiation. The Smith School’s department of decision information technologies (D&IT) helps organizations meet these challenges through its leading-edge research and educational programs.

D&IT faculty have received international recognition for their research in management science, information systems, statistics and data analysis, and operations and supply chain management. Members of the Management Science Group were ranked sixth in the nation for the practices of operations research (Interfaces, 1997). U.S. News and World Report ranked the Smith School as having the eighth best program in management information systems. The Wall Street Journal ranks Smith's information technology program # 6.

The department’s faculty members continue to garner awards and honors. Bruce Golden, France-Merrick Chair in Management Science, Shreevardhan Lele, Tyser Teaching Fellow of Decision

Sciences, S. Raghavan, assistant professor of management research, and collaborators Zhiwei Fu (former PhD student) and Ed Wasil (American University) were awarded the 2005 INFORMS Computing Society Prize for their research in the area of data mining.

Raghavan, with PhD candidate Loannis Gamvros and Rick Nidel, MBA ’05, were selected as finalists for the prestigious 2005 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice. Raghavan, Gamvros and Nidel developed a model to help Catholic Relief Services, a not-for-profit agency that funds development efforts and humanitarian efforts throughout the world, allocate more than $70 million in unrestricted funding. Catholic Relief Services is using the model developed by the team for strategic planning and to help keep budgetary spending in line with its philanthropic goals.

Katherine Stewart, assistant professor of information systems, received an NSF CAREER Grant, approximately $500,000 in funding during the period 2004-2008.

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