Carl H. Lindner College of BusinessCarl H. Lindner College of BusinessUniversity of Cincinnati

Carl H. Lindner College of Business

Michael Fry, PhD

Department Head and Professor of Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems
Professional Summary
Professor Fry is Professor and Head of the Department of Operations, Business Analytics & Information Systems. Professor Fry has been named a Lindner Research Fellow, and he has previously served as Assistant Director and Interim Director of the Center for Business Analytics. Professor Fry has been a visiting professor in the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. He earned his PhD in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan. His research interests are in applying analytical methods to decision-making in application areas such as supply-chain management and public-policy operations. Professor Fry has worked with many organizations in his consulting and research including Dell Computer, Coleman Company, Great American Insurance, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati Fire Department, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, State of Ohio Election Commission, Mt. Sinai Hospital and many others.
Contact Information
E-mail:
Office:
533 Carl H. Lindner Hall
Phone:
513-556-0404
Fax:
513-556-5499
Teaching Interest
  • Professor Fry teaches classes at the undergraduate, MBA and PhD levels. He most often teaches classes in supply chain management, inventory, core operations and introductory business analytics. In 2006 he was awarded the inaugural Daniel J. Westerbeck Junior Faculty Teaching Award; in 2013 he received the Michael L. Dean Excellence in Graduate Education Teaching Award. Professor Fry is a coauthor of several leading textbooks including Quantitative Methods for Business, An Introduction to Management Science, and Essentials of Business Analytics.
History

Institution:
University of Cincinnati
Title:
Head, Department of Operations, Business Analytics & Information Systems


Institution:
University of Cincinnati
Title:
Professor, Department of Operations, Business Analytics & Information Systems


Institution:
Optilytics, LLC
Title:
Co-owner
End Date:
2015-12-31


Institution:
Center for Business Analytics
Title:
Interim Director
End Date:
2015-08-31


Institution:
Center for Business Analytics
Title:
Assistant Director
End Date:
2014-08-15


Institution:
University of Cincinnati
Title:
Associate Professor, Department of Operations, Business Analytics & Information Systems
End Date:
2014-08-14


Institution:
University of British Columbia
Title:
Visiting Professor, Sauder School of Business
End Date:
2012-08-31


Institution:
Cornell University
Title:
Visiting Associate Professor, The Johnson School
End Date:
2011-07-31


Institution:
University of Cincinnati
Title:
Assistant Professor, Department of Quantitative Analysis and Operations
End Date:
2008-08-31


Assignments

Description
Department Head of Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems
Dates:
2014-08-15



Description
Interim Director of Center for Business Analytics
Dates:
2015-06-01 - 2015-08-31



Description
Assistant Director of the Center for Business Analytics
Dates:
2013-01-01 - 2014-08-15



Description
Director of Graduate Certificate in Operations Excellence
Dates:
2011-01-01 - 2011-08-31



Awards | Honors

Name:
Lindner Research Fellow
Year Received:
2013


Name:
Michael L. Dean Excellence in Classroom Education and Learning Graduate Teaching Award
Year Received:
2013


Organization:
INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Service and Needs
Name:
Best Paper Prize, 2nd Place
Year Received:
2011


Name:
Elected to Supply Chain Thoughtleaders Council
Year Received:
2010


Organization:
INFORMS
Name:
Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice Finalist
Year Received:
2008


Organization:
Cincinnati/Dayton INFORMS Chapter
Name:
INFORMS Outstanding Young Member Award
Year Received:
2007


Organization:
Production and Operations Management Society
Name:
POMS Emerging Scholars Participant
Year Received:
2007


Name:
Scholar Exchange Participant, Audencia University
Year Received:
2007


Name:
Daniel J. Westerbeck Junior Faculty Graduate Teaching Award
Year Received:
2006


Name:
INFORMS Young Researchers Roundtable Member
Year Received:
2003


Name:
Rackham Pre-doctoral Fellowship Nominee
Year Received:
2001


Name:
INFORMS Doctoral Colloquium
Year Received:
2000


Name:
MSOM Student Paper Competition Finalist
Year Received:
2000


Name:
Intel Foundation Graduate Fellow
Year Received:
1999


Name:
Graduate Assistant in the Area of National Needs Fellow
Year Received:
1998


Name:
University of Michigan Dean’s Fellow
Year Received:
1997


Education

Institution:
University of Michigan
Major:
Industrial and Operations Engineering
Dissertation:
Cooperation and Collaboration in the Supply Chain
Completed:
2002
Degree:
Ph D


Institution:
University of Michigan
Major:
Industrial and Operations Engineering
Completed:
1998
Degree:
MS


Institution:
Texas A&M University
Major:
Industrial Engineering
Completed:
1996
Degree:
BS


Published Contributions

Jeff Camm, James Cochran, Michael Fry, Jeff Ohlmann, David Anderson, Dennis Sweeney, Tom Williams,  (2017). Essentials of Business Analytics, 2nd Edition. Cengage, .


Jeff Camm, Michael Fry, Jeffrey Shaffer,  (2017). A Practitioner's Guide to Data Visualization. Interfaces, .


Nicole Adler, Dror  Hermel, Hamed Hasheminia, Michael Fry,  (2016). A Solution Framework for the Multi-Mode Resource Constrained Cross-Dock Scheduling Problem. OMEGA, 157-170.


Michael Fry,  (2016). Quantitative Methods for Business, 13th Edition. Cengage, .


Fei Qin, Feng Mai, Michael Fry, Amit Raturi,  (2016). Supply-Chain Performance Anomalies: Fairness Concerns under Private Cost Information . European Journal of Operational Research, 170-182.


David Anderson, Dennis Sweeney, Tom Williams, Jeff Camm, James Cochran, Michael Fry, Jeffrey Ohlmann,  (2016). An Introduction to Management Science, 14th Edition. South-Western, Cengage Learning, .


Ruonan Zhang, Michael Fry, Harish Krishnan,  (2015). Efficiency and Equity in Healthcare: An Analysis of Resource Allocation Decisions in a Long-Term Home Care Setting. INFOR: Information Systems and Operational Research, 97-112.


Xinfang Wang, Muer Yang, Michael Fry,  (2015). Efficiency and Equity Tradeoffs in Voting Machine Allocation Problems. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 1363-1369.


Muer Yang, Michael Fry, Corey Scurlock,  (2015). The ICU Will See You Now: Efficiency-Equity Based Allocation Policies for a Surgical ICU. IIE Transactions, 1-14.


Muer Yang, Michael Fry, David Kelton, Ted Allen,  (2014). Improving Voting Systems through Service-Operations Management. Production and Operations Management, 1083-1097.


Michael Fry, Muer Yang,  (2013). Using OR to Overcome Challenges in Implementing New Voting Technologies. Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, 1–8.


Muer Yang, Michael Fry, Jayashree Raikelkar, Cynthia Chin, Anelechi Anyanwu, Jordan Brand, Corey Scurlock,  (2013). A Model to Create an Efficient and Equitable Admission Policy for Patients Arriving to the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit. Critical Care Medicine, 414-422.


Muer Yang, Ted Allen, Michael Fry, David Kelton,  (2013). The Call for Equity: Simulation-Optimization Models to Minimize the Range of Waiting Timesinimize Inequity. IIE Transactions, 1-15.


Michael Fry,  (2013). Business Analytics Transforming Supply Chain Management. Cincinnati Business Courier, .


Michael Fry, F.  Shukairy,  (2012). Searching for Momentum in the National Football League. Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, .


Javier Faulin, Michael Fry, Angel Juan, Scott Grasman,  (2012). Decision Making in Service Industries: A Practical Approach. CRC Press, .


Yi-Chin Huang, Michael Fry, Alex Lin,  (2012). Logistics and Retail Pharmacies: Providing Cost-Effective Home Delivery of Prescriptions. Decision Making in Service Industries: A Practical Approach, .


David Anderson, Dennis Sweeney, Tom Williams, Jeff Camm, James Cochran, Michael Fry, Jeffrey Ohlmann,  (2012). Quantitative Methods for Business, 12th Edition. South-Western, Cengage Learning, .


Yong Liu, Fei Qin, Michael Fry, Amit Raturi,  (2012). Multi-period Modeling of Two-way Price Commitment Under Price-dependent Demand. European Journal of Operational Research, 546–556.


Michael Fry,  (2011). Vendor-Managed Inventory. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., .


Jeffrey Ohlmann, Matthew Gibson, Michael Fry,  (2010). An Agent-Based Stochastic Ruler Approach for a Knapsack Problem with Sequential Competition. Computers & Operations Research, 598-609.


Matthew Bailey, Michael Fry,  (2010). What are the Odds? A Structred Approach for Unstructured Problems. INFORMS Transactions on Education, 45-52.


Muer Yang, Michael Fry, David Kelton,  (2009). Are All Queues Created Equal?. Winter Simulation Conference Proceedings, 3140-3149.


Michael Fry, J. Ohlmann,  (2009). Route Design for Delivery of Voting Machines in Hamilton County, Ohio. Interfaces, .


Claudia Rosales, Michael Fry, Rajesh Radhakrishnan,  (2009). Transfreight Reduces Costs and Balances Workload at Georgetown Crossdock. Interfaces, 316-328.


Bogdan Bichescu, Michael Fry,  (2009). Vendor-Managed Inventory and the Effect of Channel Power. Springer, .


Bogdan Bichescu, Michael Fry, George Polak,  (2009). Workload Balancing through Recurrent Subcontracting. Production and Operations Management, 33-47.


Y. Liu, Michael Fry, Amit Raturi,  (2009). Retail Price Markup Commitment in Decentralized Supply Chains. European Journal of Operations Research, 277-292.


B. Bichescu, Michael Fry,  (2009). Vendor-Managed Inventory and the Effect of Channel Power. OR Spectrum, 195-228.


Michael Fry, B. Bichescu,  (2008). A Numerical Analysis of Supply Chain Performance under Split Decision Rights. Omega, 358-379.


Michael Fry,  (2008). Teaching Problem Solving Techniques to MBA Students through Supply Chain Management. INFORMS Transactions on Education, 65-74.


J. Ohlmann, Michael Fry, B. Thomas,  (2008). Vehicle Routing in a Lean Manufacturing Supply Chain. Transportation Science, 352-370.


Michael Fry, A. Lundberg, J. Ohlmann,  (2007). A Player Selection Heuristic for a Sports League Draft. Journal of Quantitative Analysis of Sports, .


Michael Fry, Michael Magazine, Uday Rao,  (2006). Firefighter Staffing with Temporary Absences and Wastage. Operations Research, 353-365.


Y. Liu, Michael Fry, Amit Raturi,  (2006). Vertically Restrictive Pricing in Supply Chains with Price Dependent Demand. Naval Research Logistics, 485-501.


Michael Fry, R. Kapuscinkski, T. Olsen,  (2001). Coordinating Production and Delivery Under a (z, Z)-type Vendor Managed Inventory Contract. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 151-173.


Michael Fry, R. Kapuscinski, T. Olsen,  (2001). Vendor Managed Inventory in a Production Constrained Setting. New Directions in Supply-Chain Management: Technology, Strategy, and, 325-351.



Accepted Contributions

Michael Fry,  (Accepted). An Introduction to Management Science, 15th Edition. Cengage.




Research in progress

Title:
Applying Expectation-Maximization Algorithms to Vehicle-Routing Problems


Status:
On-Going

Research Type:
Scholarly


Title:
Carbon Footprint for Sustainability


Status:
On-Going

Research Type:
Scholarly


Title:
Consumer Trade-in Program Design and the Quality of Returns


Status:
On-Going

Research Type:
Scholarly


Title:
Decomposition Approach to Comprehensive Logistics Planning


Status:
On-Going

Research Type:
Scholarly


Title:
Operational Improvements for ICU Telemedicine Systems


Status:
On-Going

Research Type:
Scholarly


Presentations

Title:
Analytics to Improve Decision Making Under Unvertainty
Organization:
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Location:
Cincinnati, OH
Year:
2017


Title:
Data Visualization and Analytics
Organization:
University of Cincinnati Informatics
Location:
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Year:
2017


Title:
Analytics to the Fore
Organization:
Lindner College of Business
Location:
Blue Ash, OH
Year:
2017


Title:
Analytics Programs at the University of Cincinnati: A Partnership with Industry
Organization:
SAS
Location:
Cary, NC
Year:
2017


Title:
Analytics and Uncertainty
Organization:
CPCU
Location:
Fairfield, OH
Year:
2017


Title:
Analytics and Uncertainty
Organization:
Dayton CPCU
Location:
Dayton, OH
Year:
2016


Title:
What is Analytics? Really.
Location:
Cincinnati, OH
Year:
2016


Title:
State of Supply Chain Analytics Research
Organization:
Ohio State University Operations Excellence Center
Location:
Columbus, OH
Year:
2016


Title:
Analytics and Uncertainty
Organization:
Cincinnati CPCU
Location:
Cincinnati, OH
Year:
2016


Title:
Data Visualization Best Practices
Organization:
Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Professionals
Location:
Cincinnati, OH
Year:
2015


Title:
Teaching Effectiveness Panel
Organization:
INFORMS
Location:
Philadelphia, PA
Year:
2015


Title:
A Decomposition Heuristic for Inbound Lean Logistics
Location:
Vienna, Austria
Year:
2015


Title:
Analytics at UC
Organization:
Barrett Cancer Center
Location:
Cincinnati, OH
Year:
2015


Title:
Providing Analytics Skills to Give Students a Competitive Edge in Business
Organization:
DSI
Location:
Tampa, FL
Year:
2014


Title:
Analytics @ UC
Organization:
GE Aviation
Location:
Cincinnati, Ohio
Year:
2014


Title:
Teaching Analytics with Excel and Analytic Solver Platform
Organization:
University of Osijek
Location:
Osijek, Croatia
Year:
2014


Title:
Consumer Trade-in Program Design and the Role of Retailers
Organization:
Decision Science Institute
Location:
Baltimore, Maryland
Year:
2013


Title:
Consumer Trade-in Program Design and the Role of Retailers
Organization:
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
Location:
Minneapolis,MN
Year:
2013


Title:
Designing a Complete Lean Logistics Management System
Location:
Denver, CO
Year:
2013


Title:
On the Supply Chain Performance Anomaly: Equity and Information Asymmetry
Organization:
Production and Operations Management (POMS)
Location:
Denver, CO
Year:
2013


Title:
Are All Queues Created Equal? An Analysis of Election Operations under New Voting Technologies
Organization:
Kelley School of Business
Location:
Indiana University
Year:
2013


Title:
Designing Vertically Restrictive Pricing Contracts for Bounded Rational Customers: Does the Supply Chain Equity Matter?
Organization:
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
Location:
Phoenix, Arizona
Year:
2012


Title:
Are All Queues Created Equal? An Analysis of Election Operations under New Voting Technologies
Organization:
Bowling Green State University
Year:
2012


Title:
Retail Fixed Markup under Price Dependent Demand
Organization:
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
Location:
Beijing, China
Year:
2012


Title:
Teaching OR through SpORts Analytics
Organization:
INFORMS
Location:
Charlotte, NC
Year:
2011


Title:
The ICU Will See You Now: Efficient-Equitable Admission Control Policies for a Hospital ICU with Batch Arrivals
Organization:
University of British Columbia
Location:
Vancouver, BC
Year:
2011


Title:
Multi-Period Modeling of Two-way Price Commitment under Price-Dependent Demand
Organization:
INFORMS
Location:
OSU, Columbus, OH
Year:
2011


Year:
2010


Title:
Equality before the Voting Queues
Organization:
Decision Sciences Institute
Location:
San Diego
Year:
2010


Title:
Locating Stores to Improve the Triple Bottom Line
Location:
Austin, TX
Year:
2010


Title:
Simulation-Optimization Methods for Resource Allocation to Achieve Equity
Organization:
INFORMS
Location:
Austin, Texas
Year:
2010


Title:
Voting Machine Allocation to Achieve Equity
Organization:
Production and Operations Management Society
Location:
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Year:
2010


Title:
Searching for Momentum in the NFL
Organization:
INFORMS
Location:
San Diego, CA
Year:
2009


Organization:
POMS Doctoral Colloquium
Location:
Dallas, TX
Year:
2008


Title:
Election Day 2008: Applying Operations Research to Voting Systems
Organization:
Cornelll University
Location:
Ithaca, NY
Year:
2008


Title:
Route Design for Delivery of Voting Machines in Hamilton County, Ohio
Organization:
INFORMS
Location:
Washington, DC
Year:
2008


Organization:
INFORMS Doctoral Colloquium
Location:
Washington, DC, USA
Year:
2008


Title:
Determining Optimal Firefighter Staffing Levels
Organization:
Cornelll University
Location:
Ithaca, NY
Year:
2008


Title:
Route Designs for Lean Supply Chains
Location:
Tuscaloosa, AL
Year:
2008


Title:
Optimal Inbound Trailer Allocation at a Crossdock-Optimizing Operations and Balancing Workload
Organization:
University of Cincinnati
Location:
Cincinnati, OH, USA
Year:
2008


Title:
Route Designs for Lean Supply Chains
Organization:
University of Tennessee
Location:
Knoxville, TN
Year:
2008


Title:
Route Designs for Lean Supply Chains
Organization:
INFORMS
Location:
Dayton, OH
Year:
2007


Organization:
POMS Supply Chain Meeting
Location:
Austin, TX
Year:
2007


Title:
Vendor-Managed Inventory and Other Collaborative Agreements
Organization:
Audencia University
Location:
Nantes, France
Year:
2007


Title:
Route Designs for Lean Supply Chains
Organization:
Audencia University
Location:
Nantes, France
Year:
2007


Title:
Optimal Inbound Trailer Allocation at a Crossdock-Optimizing Operations and Balancing Workload
Organization:
INFORMS
Location:
Seattle, WA, USA
Year:
2007


Title:
Route Designs for Lean Production Systems
Location:
Puerto Rico
Year:
2007


Title:
Defining Research Expectations for New Faculty Members
Location:
Dallas, TX
Year:
2007


Title:
Workload Balancing Through Subcontracting
Location:
Dallas, TX
Year:
2007


Title:
Firefighter Staffing with Overtime, Attrition, and Random Absenteeism
Year:
2007


Title:
Vehicle Routing for Lean Supply Chains
Location:
University of Florida
Year:
2007


Title:
Workload Balancing Through Subcontracting: Applications of Fourier Analysis and Goal
Location:
Boston, MA
Year:
2006


Title:
A Player Selection Heuristic for a Sports League Draft
Location:
Pittsburgh, PA
Year:
2006


Title:
Route Design for Delivery of Voter Polling Booths in Hamilton County, OH
Location:
Pittsburgh, PA
Year:
2006


Title:
Workload Balancing Through Subcontracting: Applications of Fourier Analysis and Goal
Location:
Pittsburgh, PA
Year:
2006


Title:
Vehicle Routing in a Lean Production System
Location:
Montreal, Canada
Year:
2006


Title:
Workload Balancing Through Subcontracting: Applications of Fourier Analysis and Goal Programming
Location:
Boston, MA
Year:
2006


Title:
The Effect of Price Commitment Timing in Decentralized Supply Chains
Location:
Evanston, IL
Year:
2005


Title:
Channel Power Analysis under Vendor-Managed Inventory and a General (Q, R) Inventory Policy
Year:
2005


Title:
Decision Making Subject to Risk Perceptions from Extreme Events
Year:
2005


Title:
Ski Industry Pricing: Daily Tickets Versus Season Passes
Year:
2005


Location:
Washington DC
Year:
2005


Title:
The Effect of Price Commitment Timing in Decentralized Supply Chains
Year:
2005


Title:
Examination of a Retailer's Fixed Markup Policy under Price-Dependent Demand
Year:
2005


Title:
General (Q,r) Policies for Decentralized Supply Chains
Year:
2005


Title:
Comparing Supply Chain Performance when Order Quantity and Shipment Frequency are Decision Variables
Year:
2004


Title:
Competitive Season Pass Pricing in the Ski Industry
Year:
2004


Title:
“Channel Performance of Retailer Fixed Mark-up Policy under Price-Dependent Demand
Year:
2004


Title:
Vertically Restrictive Pricing with Price-Dependent Demand
Location:
Banff, Canada
Year:
2004


Title:
Firefighter Staffing with Overtime, Attrition, and Random Absenteeism
Location:
Carnegie Mellon University/University of Pittsburgh
Year:
2004


Title:
Pricing and Replenishment Coordination through Vertically Restrictive Pricing
Year:
2003


Title:
Shelf Space Allocation for a Single Retailer and Multiple Suppliers
Year:
2003


Title:
The Ski Lift Ticket Pricing Problem
Year:
2003


Title:
Firefighter Staffing with Overtime, Attrition, and Random Absenteeism
Location:
University of Cincinnati
Year:
2003


Title:
Firefighter Staffing with Overtime, Attrition, and Random Absenteeism
Location:
Savannah, GA
Year:
2003


Title:
Cooperating on Demand Forecasts and Inventory Replenishment with Multiple Retailers and Outsourcing
Year:
2002


Title:
Collaborative Supply Chain Agreements: Optimal Policies and Performance
Location:
Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
Year:
2002


Title:
Adjusting Demand Forecasts with Multiple Retailers under Vendor-Managed Inventory
Location:
Maui, Hawaii
Year:
2001


Title:
Cooperation and Collaboration in the Supply Chain
Year:
2000


Title:
Supply Chain Performance of Vendor-Managed Inventory
Year:
2000


Title:
Design and Effectiveness of Vendor-Managed Inventory Agreements
Location:
Purdue University
Year:
1999


Title:
The State of Graduate Education from a Ph.D. Student Perspective
Year:
1999


Title:
INFORMS Cincinnati Conference
Year:
1999


Title:
The True Costs of Downtime in Flexible and Dedicated Manufacturing Environments
Location:
Traverse City, MI
Year:
1997