Michael Fry

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Michael Fry, PhD

Professor of Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems

3368 Carl H. Lindner Hall

513-556-0404

Professor Fry is a Professor in the Department of Operations, Business Analytics & Information Systems, and he is currently Academic Director of the UC Center for Business Analytics. Professor Fry served as Department Head from 2014 - 2018, and he has been named a Lindner Research Fellow. 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.

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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 Statistics for Business & Economics, 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
Academic Director, Center for Business Analytics
Dates: 2018-08-15

Department Head of Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems
Dates: 2014-08-15 - 2018-08-14

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

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

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

Awards | Honors
Organization: INFORMS
Name: UPS George D. Smith Prize
Year Received: 2019

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
David Anderson, Dennis Sweeney, Tom Williams, Jeff Camm, Jim Cochran, Michael Fry, Jeff Ohlmann, (2020). Statistics for Business and Economics, 14th Edition. Cengage.

Jeffrey Camm, James Cochran, Michael Fry, Jeffrey Ohlmann, David Anderson, Dennis Sweeney, Tom Williams,  (2019). Business Analytics, 3rd Edition. Cengage.

Craig Froehle, Michael Fry, Glenn Wegryn, (2019). Fifty Years of Analytics Leadership: Profile of the UPS Prize-Winning Department of Operations, Business Analytics & Information Systems at the University of Cincinnati. ORMS Today.

Feng Mai, Michael Fry, Jeff Ohlmann, (2018). Model‑Based Capacitated Clustering using Posterior Regularization. European Journal of Operational Research, 594-605.

Michael Fry,  (2018). An Introduction to Management Science, 15th Edition. Cengage.

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 Best Practices in 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
Christian Becker, Mario Fusaro, Michael Fry, Muer Yang, Corey Scurlock, (Accepted). Optimizing tele‑ICU Operational Efficiency through Workflow Process Modeling and Restructuring. Critical Care Explorations.

Feng Mai, Michael Fry, Jeff Ohlmann,  (Accepted). Model-Based Capacitated Clustering using Posterior Regularization. European Journal of Operational Research.

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: 2019 Smith Prize Winning Department of Operations, Business Analytics & Information Systems at the University of Cincinnati: A History of Innovation in Analytics
Organization: INFORMS
Location: Seattle, WA
Year: 2019

Title: Lindner College of Business' Center for Business Analytics
Organization: University of Cincinnati
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Year: 2019

Title: An Application of Prescriptive Analytics: Voting Machine Allocation Problem
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Year: 2019

Title: UPS George D. Smith Prize Finalist Presentation
Organization: INFORMS
Location: Austin, TX
Year: 2019

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