|Dr. Allan D. Waren|
The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is an international society for practitioners in the fields of Operations Research and Management Science.
Dr. Allan D. Waren, Professor of Computer and Information Science, and his coauthors (Dan Fylstra, Leon Lasdon and John Watson) published an article in 1998 entitled “Design and Use of the Microsoft Excel Solver” that discussed their design approach and their implementation of the Excel Solver. This fall, at the INFORMS annual conference, to be held in November in Austin, Texas, they will be awarded the INFORMS 2010 Impact Prize for the impact of the Solver on the profession and the user community.
The INFORMS Impact Prize, awarded once every two years, is intended to recognize contributions that have had a broad impact on the field. The contribution could be an idea or technique that is widely used, or it could be someone who played a major role in bringing significant methodology into widespread use. This is not a research award. The awards committee is not judging the quality of a body of work. Instead, emphasis will be placed on evaluating the breadth of the impact of an idea or body of research.
|Dr. Injazz Chen||Dr. James Flynn|
Dr. Injazz Chen, along with his co-authors Dr. James O. Flynn and Monte Ahuja alumnus Dr. Anthony Paulraj have been awarded the 2007 Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management Best Paper Award, for their publication, “Levels of strategic purchasing: Impact on supply integration and performance,” which appeared in Vol. 12 (3), May 2006, of the journal.
The 2007 JPSM Best Paper Award is granted by the team of editors to the paper that makes the most significant contribution to research in the area of purchasing and supply management out of the 10 most downloaded articles in 2007, and that have been published in 2006 and 2007. The award was announced at the IPSERA conference in Perth, Australia in March.
|Dr. William J. Lundstrom|
Dr. William J. Lundstrom received a grant award of $74,895 from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) to conduct a study, entitled “Assessment of MBA Attitudes toward the Business Community.” Dr. Lundstrom's study will examine students’ “beliefs regarding the business system and practices”. Traditionally, demographic measures have been the focus in examining characteristics of MBA students. Dr. Lundstrom’s approach is innovative because he will research the attitudinal beliefs that students have about the business community when they begin the MBA program. These findings will be consequential because “knowledge regarding their (students) attitudinal states, especially towards business, is particularly needed to understand values, beliefs and attitudes to counteract negative impressions and in curriculum development for ethics-related material”. The results of this study can be practically applied to the development of new and more contemporary course content. The study will be conducted in three stages. The pilot study will be conducted here at CSU. The second stage will be conducted at universities in Northeast Ohio, and the final stage will take place at regional institutions with top-ranked MBA programs. Dr. Lundstrom’s research begins this spring semester, and the study should conclude by late fall of 2009.
|Dr. Thomas W. Whipple|
Dr. Thomas W. Whipple received a grant of $12,000 from the Provost’s summer Engaged Learning: CSU Undergraduate Research program to help cover undergraduate student expenses for the upcoming study abroad program to England that will take place from May 10th through May 24th. Dr. Whipple has been directing this program since 1985. During the course of the study abroad trip to England, Monte Ahuja students will conduct research for Cleveland-based companies. Students will conduct research for Elster Perfection, Chilcote Company, Rusty’s Gourmet Pet Treats, and Donald Drumm Studios this year. Student groups will examine the potential marketability for their products in the U.K. market, analyze target customers and competition in the U.K., examine exporting concerns of products from the U.S. to the U.K., look at branding for products in the UK market, and provide the companies with a better understanding of the global market in general. Students write a research proposal and begin to conduct research during the spring semester. Once in London, they will conduct interviews and continue their secondary research using the library resources there. When they are back from the trip, student teams will write their final research reports. They will present their findings to the companies and participate in an Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation on September 4. There are four student teams; each one is led by an MBA student. The grant that Dr. Whipple received will be divided among the 10 undergraduate students, for an award of $1,200 per student. This amount will cover half of the expenses of the trip for each undergraduate student.
|Dean Robert Scherer|
Dean Robert F. Scherer was recently selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. Dean Scherer’s selection as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Candidate means that he will be available to serve on special projects at an international institution, or matched with a program that requires his particular area of expertise. Once selected, Dean Scherer will be involved in project collaboration. Fulbright Senior Specialist Candidates remain on an active rooster for five years that makes them eligible to be selected twice, receiving a maximum of two grants. Fulbright Senior Specialist Grants are provided for by the host institution, and by the U.S. Department of State. Fulbright Fellowship programs seek to promote international collaboration and communication among universities. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist, Dean Scherer will be encouraged to develop a cooperative program with a host institution. Ultimately, Dean Scherer’s involvement in the program will help Monte Ahuja to continue to develop partnerships with universities abroad. Dean Scherer previously served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Universedad de Concepción, Chile and was a recipient of a Fulbright Alumni Legacy Grant.