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Department of IROM

The Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management (IROM) consists of three academic disciplines: Information Management, Operations Management and Risk (Decision Analysis, Quantitative Finance and Statistics).

The IROM department has several outstanding and nationally-ranked programs including the Undergraduate Management Information Systems program (ranked #2 by Business Week and #4 by U.S. News and World Report), the MBA Information Management program (#3 by U.S. News and #5 by the Wall Street Journal), the Undergraduate Risk Management program (#5 by U.S. News) and the MBA Productions/Operations Management program (#8 by Business Week and #13 by U.S. News). Learn more about IROM

Information, Risk, and Operations Management News


Chris Burke Joins IROM

Chris Burke is a Program Manager at Dell where he leads global cross-functional and cross-organizational teams for supply chain enablement projects. He also serves in the leadership role for the supply chain’s Program Management Office (PMO) establishing standard processes and procedures for managing projects across their life cycle milestones. Chris joined Dell after retiring as a Colonel from the United States Air Force. His last position was Director of Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support for the Eighth Air Force. He served at the Pentagon as Senior Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Logistics and as Chief of the Policy Team for the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force executive action group. Chris deployed to the Balkans for Operation JOINT GUARD, the Indian Ocean for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and Iraq for both Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. Chris’ teaching experience includes Assistant Professor of Logistics Management for the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology and invited Lecturer to both the Brazilian Air Force Institute of Logistics at Sao Paulo and the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy of Logistics at Stavern. Chris was a National Security Fellow in the JFK School of Government at Harvard University and earned his PhD in Production and Operations Management from the Kelley school of Business at Indiana University. He holds Masters degrees in Acquisition Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Human Resources Management from Central Michigan University, and Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College. His Bachelor degree is in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and he is a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and a Certified Professional Logistician (CPL) from SOLE – The International Society of Logistics. Chris will be teaching in multiple programs within the IROM Department and the McCombs School.

In the latest ranking of undergraduate supply chain management programs across the nation from Gartner, Inc., McCombs' undergraduate business program rose to No. 4. Read more at McCombs Today.

Small, unpredictable changes in the market require even the most forward-thinking companies to change course — and that's not necessarily a bad thing, according to Operations Management Professor Edward Anderson. Read more at McCombs Today.

In a 2010 paper, IROM Assistant Professor Doug Fearing helped develop a putting statistic, called strokes gained-putting, that is currently in use by the PGA Tour. Read more at Texas Enterprise.

IROM Faculty Teaching Awards

The IROM Department is happy to announce several faculty awards. Assistant Professor Guoming Lai has received the CBA Foundation Research Excellence Award for Assistant Professors. Lecturer Katie Gray has received the Hank & Mary Harkins Foundation Award for Effective Teaching in Undergraduate Classes, an award for those "who have demonstrated effective and innovative teaching through use of multi-media or special materials; and who motivate and inspire students." Senior Lecturer Gail Gemberling, Professor Prabhudev Konana, Lecturer Katie Gray, and PhD student Shun-Yang Lee are all on the Fall 2013 BBA Faculty Honor Roll, awarded both semester to an instructor's ability to make a class exhilarating, interesting, and informative for students.