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Eminent Scholar Searching For Problems To Solve
For Local Businesses And Organizations

Date: Feb. 6, 2001
By: Carey Hoffman
Phone: (513) 556-1825
Archive: General News

The business world is full of problems. University of Cincinnati Professor Michael Magazine is ready to help solve a few of them this spring.

Magazine, Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor of Qualitative Analysis and Operations Management, is getting ready for his spring quarter Problem Solving Studio. It's an advanced business course that also benefits companies and organizations in the community.

The class applies creative, sound problem-solving techniques towards real-world projects from clients in the surrounding community. Past problems have ranged from an environmental impact study to determining the best routing for garbage pickup. Last spring, students helped UC women's soccer coach Meridy Glenn with scheduling and travel issues for Conference USA and helped Cincinnatus Savings and Loan determine how many ATMs it needed and where the units should be located.

"We want an organization that is willing to work with students - even come to class. The goal is to find problems that are challenging, but can be tackled in the limited time we have - a part-time effort over a 10-week period," Magazine says. "We cannot overhaul operations from top to bottom. Ideally, we want to use the quantitative and modeling skills of the student groups on a specific and limited operations problem faced by the organization."

The class' two-fold goals are to help solve a clients' operation problem while also showing students how to work on problems as teams, developing useful procedures for their clients. "It's a learning experience for the students, and the clients have to understand that."

Typically, the class deals with three problems during the course of a quarter. Magazine is looking for one problem from the private sector, one from a charity or other public sector organization, and one problem right from the UC community.

To suggest a proposal for this spring, send e-mail to: Mike.Magazine@UC.Edu

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