Awards & Events

Arnoff-Schloss Memorial Lecture

The E. Leonard Arnoff-Milton J. Schloss Sr. Memorial Lecture on the Practice of Management Science is an annual lecture on operations research and management science topics typically held during spring semester. Sponsored by the OBAIS Department, it is partially supported by proceeds from an endowment. A world-class slate of presentations have been offered since 1992. Below you will find the titles and speakers for past lectures.

An endowment for the Arnoff-Schloss Lecture Series has been established to support lectures for future years. We hope that individuals, but especially companies, will consider designating contributions to the Arnoff-Schloss Lecture Series.

Please contact Operations and Business Analytics Professor and Department Head Sachin Modi if you would like to lend financial support.

E. Leonard Arnoff

Len Arnoff was the Dean of the UC College of Business Administration from 1983 to 1988. Len was a pioneer in the field of operations research (OR). He co-authored the first OR textbook, worked for Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory (now part of NASA), and served as a Principal, Partner, and National Director of Planning and Operations Services for Ernst and Young. At UC, he was instrumental in gaining the support of Carl H. Lindner to consolidate all College of Business Administration departments in a single building.

Milton J. Schloss

Milt Schloss was passionate about the fields of operations and management science. He was a member of the Business Advisory Council, adjunct professor of management at UC, and the first executive-in-residence for the Total Quality Management Center in the UC College of Business Administration in 1991. Milt was an avid practitioner of Total Quality Management during his executive careers at Hillshire Farm, Kahn’s and John Morrell. Milt was also a decorated World War II veteran and a longtime philanthropic supporter of many University of Cincinnati programs.

  • Dr. Christopher Tang, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Distinguished Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management
    April 13, 2023
    "Managing Supply Chains in the Environmental, Social and Governance Era"

  • Regina Liu, Rutgers University, Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University
    April 18, 2022
    "Data, Statistics, and the Stories They Tell"

  • Arun Rai, Georgia State University, Regents' Professor of the University System of Georgia, J. Mack Robinson Chair of IT-Enabled Supply Chains and Process Innovation
    Sept 18, 2020
    "How Will the AI Genie Behave?"

  • Rebecca Doerge, Professor of Statistics and Professor of Biology, Glen de Vries Dean of the Mellon College of Science, Carnegie Mellon University
    April 17, 2019
    “The Future of Statistical Bioinformatics and Genomics in the Automated World of Agriculture”

  • Xiao-Li Meng, Whipple V. N. Jones, Professor of Statistics, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
    April 18, 2018
    "How Small Are Our Big Data: Turning the 2016 Surprise into a 2020 Vision"

  • Garrett van Ryzin, the Paul M. Montrone Professor of Decision, Risk and Operations at Columbia Business School, and Head of Marketplace Optimization for Uber
    April 19, 2017 6:00 p.m.
    "Marketplace Engineering"

  • Wayne L. Winston, Kelly School of Business, Indiana University, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston
    April 20, 2016
    "Sports Analytics: Past, Present, and Future"

  • Wallace Hopp, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
    March 10, 2015
    "Patient Routing for Cost Effective Care: Lessons from Emergency Medicine and Cardiac Surgery"

  • Lawrence M. Wein, Stanford University
    March 31, 2014
    "Data-Driven Operations Research Analyses in the Public Sector"

  • Cynthia Barnhart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    April 11, 2013
    "Congestion and Delays in the National Air Transportation System"

  • Margaret L. Brandeau, Stanford University
    May 9, 2012
    "Operations Research & Public Health: A Little Help Can Go a Long Way"

  • Leonard Kleinrock, University of California Los Angeles
    May 5, 2011
    "A Brief History of the Internet and its Dynamic Future"

  • Hau L. Lee, Stanford University
    May 5, 2010
    "Creating Value With Supply Chain Excellence"

  • Ralph L. Keeny, Duke University
    May 6, 2009
    "Making Informed Business, Health, and Personal Decisions"

  • Michael Trick, Carnegie Mellon University
    June 4, 2008
    "Sports Scheduling and the Practice of Operations Research"

  • Yossi Sheffi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    April 19, 2007
    "The Resilient Enterprise"

  • Karla L. Hoffman, George Mason University
    May 25, 2006
    "The Dance of the 30-Ton Trucks"

  • William P. Pierskalla, University of California, Los Angeles
    May 12, 2005
    "How Are We Ever Going to Fix Our Health Care System? Doesn't Anyone Have Any Workable Ideas?"

  • Marshall L. Fisher, University of Pennsylvania
    May 27, 2004
    "Rocket-Science Retailing"

  • Gary L. Lilien, The Pennsylvania State University
    May 8, 2003
    "Modeled to Bits: Marketing Decision Models for the Digital, Networked Economy"

  • John R. Birge, Northwestern University
    May 30, 2002
    "Using Management Science to Reduce Enterprise Risks: Defining the Role of Operational and Financial Hedges"

  • Robert E.D. (Gene) Woolsey, Colorado School of Mines
    May 11, 2001
    "On Doing Well by Doing Better O.R. - Thirty Years and Counting"

  • Edward H. Kaplan, Yale University
    May 25, 2000
    "Policy Modeling for Better Decisions: The Case of HIV Prevention"

  • Arnold I. Barnett, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    May 6, 1999
    "Aviation Safety in Numbers"

  • Steven C. Wheelwright, Harvard University
    May 14, 1998
    "Leading Product Development – From Art to Science"

  • John D.C. Little, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    May 15, 1997
    "Operations Research/Management Science, Marketing, and the Internet"

  • Alfred Blumstein, Carnegie Mellon University
    May 23, 1996
    "Youth Violence, Illicit-Drug Markets, and Gun Availability"

  • Russell Ackoff, INTERACT: The Institute for Interactive Management
    May 2, 1995
    "Systems Thinking: An Intellectual and Managerial Revolution"

  • Saul I. Gass, University of Maryland
    May 18, 1994
    "Operations Research/Management Science: The Way it Should Be"

  • Thomas Cook, American Airlines Decision Technologies
    April 29, 1993
    "Operations Research Applications in the Airline Industry"

  • Robert E.D. (Gene) Woolsey, Colorado School of Mines
    May 19, 1992
    "Success in Management Science/Operations Research - How To Do It in Spite of Your Education"

2024 Lecture

David Simchi-Levi

David Simchi-Levi.

The 2024 E. Leonard Arnoff-Milton J. Schloss Sr. Memorial Lecture on the Practice of Management Science will be delivered by David Simchi-Levi, PhD, Professor of Engineering & Director of the Data Science Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

On April 4, 2024, Simchi-Levi will speak to attendees about "Supply Chain Resiliency and the Need for Stress-Tests" from 5-6:30 p.m. in Lindner Hall 1410.

Abstract: In today’s environment, resilient supply chains still manage to win business and achieve growth. How are they able to accomplish this despite a constant stream of disruptions including global crises, natural disasters and rising inflation?  

In this seminar, we will cover four key areas: 

  • Supply chain risks are hidden in unexpected places
  • Assumptions about risks being associated with certain geography or certain-sized suppliers often prove to be wrong
  • Finding the right balance between supply chain efficiency and resiliency is key to success
  • A data analytics approach based on new KPIs allows companies to stress test their supply chain and is critical for making the appropriate mitigation decisions

David Simchi-Levi is a Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and serves as the head of the MIT Data Science Lab. He is considered one of the premier thought leaders in supply chain management and business analytics.

In 2023, Simchi-Levi was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2020, he was awarded the prestigious Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Impact Prize for playing a leading role in developing and disseminating a new highly impactful paradigm for the identification and mitigation of risks in global supply chains.

He is an INFORMS Fellow and MSOM Distinguished Fellow and the recipient of the 2020 INFORMS Koopman Award given to an outstanding publication in military operations research. Simchi-Levi has also received the following awards: Ford Motor Company 2015 Engineering Excellence Award; 2014 INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice; 2014 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Practice Award; and 2009 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Prize.

Simchi-Levi is the current Editor-in-Chief of Management Science, one of the two flagship journals of INFORMS. He served as the Editor-in-Chief for Operations Research (2006-2012), the other flagship journal of INFORMS, and for Naval Research Logistics (2003-05).

He was the founder of LogicTools, which provided software solutions and professional services for supply chain optimization. LogicTools became part of IBM in 2009. In 2012 Simchi-Levi co-founded OPS Rules, an operations analytics consulting company. The company became part of Accenture in 2016. In 2014, he co-founded Opalytics, a cloud analytics platform company focusing on operations and supply chain decisions. The company became part of the Accenture Applied Intelligence in 2018.

Simchi-Levi’s PhD students have accepted faculty positions in leading academic institutes, including the University of California-Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Georgia Tech, Harvard, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Michigan, Purdue and Virginia Tech.

Alumni Awards

Many graduates of the department of Operations, Business Analytics & Information Systems at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business have gone on to successful careers in industry, academia and government as innovators, scholars and leaders. We recognize and celebrate some of these alumni as having made extraordinary impacts on their fields, organizations or industries.

2023 — Myron E. Ullmann III

Ullman earned his BS in Industrial Management from UC and then went on to an amazing career. After working at IBM, he came back to UC as VP of Business Affairs. He then expanded his horizons with significant international trade experiences. Ullman went on to serve as the CEO of Macy’s, where he led the organization through its merger with Federated Department Stores. He also served as the CEO of DFS Group, LVMH, JCPenney (twice) and Starbucks before retiring.

2022 — Jude Schramm 

Schramm earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems from UC. After a brief stint in consulting, he enjoyed a successful career at GE Aviation, working up from a role as program manager to the position of CIO. His current position is Chief Information Officer at Fifth Third Bank.

2019 — Michael Czinege

Czinege graduated from UC twice — once with a Bachelor in Operations Research and Marketing, and then with an MBA shortly thereafter. After consulting at firms like Cap Gemini and Ernst & Young, he was Chief Information Officer of Applebee’s International. Czinege has served as the CIO for AMC Entertainment starting in 2008. 

2018 — Suprateek Sarker

Sarker graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a PhD in Information Systems. After joining the faculty of Washington State University and then serving as the Microsoft Chair of Information Systems at the Copenhagen Business School, he is currently the Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Commerce Professor (of Information Technology) at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

2017 — Eric Jack

Jack earned his PhD in Operations Management from the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. Prior to that, he served for 21 years as a US Air Force officer. Since then, he has enjoyed significant success in academia, most recently serving as Professor and Dean of the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

2016 — Les Artman & Tim Keyes

Artman received a BBA from UC. He retired from Accenture as a Partner in the Cleveland office where he specialized in supply chain management, e-commerce and information technology projects. He spent over 20 years in the management-consulting profession working with a variety of companies including consumer goods and automotive manufacturers, publishing companies and retailers.

Keyes graduated from UC first with an MS in Industrial Engineering, then with his PhD in Applied Statistics and Business Analytics. His career has included an engineering position at Measurex and several positions at GE Aviation, from statistician to analytics executive. Keyes is currently running his own data science and analytics consultancy.