SMITH BUSINESS Magazine
Volume 11 No. 1 SPRING 2010

Michael Ball Appointed Associate Dean of Research

Michael BallMichael Ball, MES ’72, MSE ’77, PHD ’77, the Orkand Corporation Professor of Management Science for the Robert H. Smith School of Business, has just added a new title to his long list of accolades.

Ball, who began his career at the university in 1979, was recently named the Associate Dean of Research for the Smith School. Ball will work to enhance the Smith School’s external research funding, manage internally-funded research and organize an annual faculty and staff workshop for the Centers of Excellence to report on their annual activities and present their plans for the next five years.

Ball previously served as Director of Research for the Smith School.

This busy professor, who was born in Washington, D.C., and lives in Silver Spring, Md., teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level and is the former chair of the Decision Operations and Information Technologies Faculty department at the Smith School and the former chair of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Systems Research in the Clark School of Engineering.

Ball is co-director of NEXTOR, the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research. He is widely published and serves as an editor for Operations Research - Technology and associate editor for Transportation Science.

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