Michael O. Ball

Michael O. Ball

Michael Ball is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and holds the Dean's 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.

NEXTOR-III Webinar: The Pandemic and Aviation

Webinar #3
The Pandemic and Aviation — Air Navigation Service Providers and Flight Operations

The global coronavirus pandemic is arguably the greatest challenge the aviation industry has faced in its history. Join leaders from academia, industry, and government for a series of webinars exploring the impacts of the pandemic on air transportation.


  • Michael Ball, University of Maryland
  • Joseph Post, University of South Florida


October 15, 2020 - 11:00am

Maryland Smith Welcomes UMD President Pines

Darryll J. Pines officially takes the helm of the state of Maryland’s flagship university on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, becoming the 34th president of the University of Maryland, College Park, and continuing a career of leadership and excellence.

At the Robert H. Smith School of Business, his appointment to the university’s top job, back in February 2020, was met with cheers. Understandably – Pines previously served as dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and the Smith School and the Clark School have a long, strong history of partnership.

FAA Extends Funding for NEXTOR III Aviation Operations Research Consortium

The 23-year-old consortium has developed decision support tools, operational and system concepts, and policymaking tools that benefit the FAA, the airline industry and the flying public.

A University of Maryland-led, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-funded research consortium that addresses aviation operations issues on behalf of the federal government, the airline industry and the flying public has received renewed funding at a crucial time for air travel.

Annual Cybersecurity Forum Set for 10 a.m. Jan. 8

With the University of Maryland's delayed opening due to inclement weather, the 16th annual Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective will start at 10 a.m. today -- Jan. 8, 2020 in Van Munching Hall, Room 1412. About 60 cyber and policy experts representing academia, business and government will participate. The program, shown below, will be adjusted accordingly.

What Happens Now, After the Boeing Crashes?

SMITH BRAIN TRUST  It took days of pressure from airlines, policymakers and regulators around the world before the Federal Aviation Administration announced the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max-8. "The FAA and the United States came across as being very reactive and lacking leadership. Looking at it objectively, the FAA sought to make an initial assessment before making its decision, which is quite reasonable.

Why There's Turbulence Around Privatizing Air Traffic Control

It's an idea that has, at various points, had support from both major political parties. And it's already been done in many major industrialized countries. So what's so difficult about privatizing air traffic control here in the United States? Nearly everything, says the Smith School's Michael Ball. Air traffic control has long been government-run for several reasons. There's the fact that it involves the use of a public good, the national airspace. And there's the overriding public concern for safety. But there are also potential advantages from taking air traffic control out of the direct control of the government, says Ball. Read more...

How New Baggage Rules Will Affect Travelers, Airlines

Air passengers are poised for improved baggage handling as a result of a broader set of forthcoming rule changes from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Smith School professor Martin Dresner says the new rules won't significantly hurt airlines, which already do a pretty good job of delivering bags reliably and on time. He says one possible winner might be Southwest Airlines. Read more...


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