Renjun Bao's (DRE-IE, 2009) dissertaion is in the area of scheduling. He worked closely with the Cleveland Cavaliers in setting their schedule during the regular season. His work was recognized this February in the Plain Dealer article "On schedule to cash in? Cleveland Cavaliers' long homestand just another NBA strategy to maximize profits". You can read the PD article or reference his dissertation. Congratulations Renjun on the practical application of your hard work.