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Fall 2016 Letter from the Chair

This Fall, we welcome three new faculty members: Ionnis (Yannis) Stamatopoulos joined the OM group as an Assistant Professor, after completing his Ph.D. at the Kellogg School. Caryn Conley joined the MIS group as a lecturer, after completing her Ph.D. at NYU’s Stern School and teaching for several years at Florida Atlantic University. Huoy Khoo also joined the MIS group as a lecturer after completing her Ph.D. at Georgia State University and teaching for a number of years at UTSA. Finally, Liz Moliski joined the RADM faculty to teach statistics. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has been teaching and doing research since then.

Our academic programs continue to thrive. As of this fall, we have 408 MIS majors and 210 Supply Chain majors in the BBA program, and these two programs are ranked #5 and #9 respectively in the most recent US News & World Report rankings.  At the MBA level, we now offer three concentrations: MIS, Supply Chain, and Business Analytics.  The US News and World Report rankings, which do not include Business Analytics for MBA programs, ranks us at #3 in MIS and #16 in Supply Chain. Our Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program is now in its fourth year, and a recent ranking put us at #3, behind only Carnegie Mellon University and MIT. We continue to attract excellent students (Average GMAT = 720, Average undergraduate GPA = 3.6), and our graduates are receiving very good job offers from employers in a variety of industries.  This year’s class includes 53 students, 28 of whom are women.

Looking forward, Professor Prabhudev Konana is leading an effort to explore the possibility of an MS program in Information Management. Many other top schools in MIS have been successful in offering such programs. Yet, there appears to be unsatisfied demand for a program that would emphasize design thinking, i.e., how humans interact with technologies such as Digital platforms, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, 3D printing, etc. By partnering with faculty from Management, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Fine Arts, we believe that we may be uniquely positioned to offer this type of program.

Stephen M. Gilbert
Sam P. Woodson, Jr. Centennial Memorial Professor in Business
Chair of the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management
McCombs School of Business
The University of Texas at Austin