Lindner wins industry award for innovative teaching

OBAIS academic department recognized for advancing operations research and analytics

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business Department of Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems (OBAIS) at the University of Cincinnati was awarded the 2019 UPS George D. Smith Prize for the department’s innovative approach to curriculum that effectively prepares students to be successful operations research and analytics professionals after graduation.

Named in honor of the late UPS chief executive officer, the UPS George D. Smith Prize was created by the professional development association INFORMS to strengthen ties between the operations research and analytics industry and institutions of higher education.

“For the 50 years of its existence, the Department of Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems has been a point of pride for the Lindner College of Business,” says Lindner’s Interim Dean Nick Williams. 

Read more about the award, which Michael Fry, an OBAIS professor and the academic director for UC’s Center for Business Analytics, received on behalf of the department at the April 15, 2019, INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research.    


With 12,500 members from nearly 90 countries, INFORMS is the largest international association of operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals and students. INFORMS provides unique networking and learning opportunities for individual professionals, and organizations of all types and sizes, to better understand and use O.R. and analytics tools and methods to transform strategic visions and achieve better outcomes. Visit to learn more.


About the Lindner College of Business

For more than 110 years, the Carl H. Lindner College of Business has been committed to developing the next generation of business leaders. Through personalized career coaching and experiential learning, Lindner students graduate with a competitive advantage in the workforce and are strongly positioned to address a multitude of today’s global business challenges. The college not only serves as a catalyst for innovation and cutting-edge research, but its programs have also earned national acclaim in several academic areas. The best is yet to come this fall of 2019 when the college will celebrate the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art building, which will provide a collaborative space for education, research and innovation to thrive.

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