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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


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.

"Research by McCombs Associate Professor Kumar Muthuraman, along with Purdue University co-authors Mark Lawley and Santanu Chakraborty, presents a scheduling model that assesses an individual patient’s no-show probability, selects the best available appointment time for that person, and computes a scheduling stopping point for the day — all to ensure minimal wait times and maximum profits." Read more at Texas Enterprise.