On the afternoon of December 10th, 21 Smith School students waited nervously in a large classroom, standing in groups of three before displays that illustrated their team's application of the most widely used decision support methodology in the world, the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). The poster session is part of the final project in the graduate course, Applications of Management Science. Bruce Golden, professor and holder of the France-Merrick Chair in Management Science, has taught the course for two years.
"To be a top-class business school you must have a top-class international component," said Martin Gannon, professor of management and founding director of the Smith School's Center for Global Business, as he received the university's prestigious Landmark Award.
It was raining when we left College Park on Friday; it rained all the way to New Haven that night. We did not expect the tournament to be played the next day. We got up at 7a.m. on Saturday [October 12, 2002]; it was still raining, but we headed to the fields, not sure that we were going to play at all that day. Once there, we learned that the tournament was still going to be played in the rain and mud. Fifteen other schools had come from all over the country to play this tournament, so it could not be suspended.
The Robert H. Smith School of Business has jumped to #25, up two spots from #27, in BusinessWeek magazine's just-released biennial rankings of the nation's best business schools. The rankings are part of 'The Best B-Schools' cover story in BusinessWeek's October 21 issue, now available on newsstands.
Brian Wallace is American, studying for an MBA at the Smith School of Business, and spending the fall semester at a business school in Germany. Norma Athamary is Peruvian, studying for an MBA at ESADE in Barcelona, now spending a semester abroad in the U.S. at Smith. Both students are profiting from the Semester Exchange Program managed by Smiths Center for Global Business in partnership with top business schools worldwide.