UC Business Analytics director named INFORMS fellow

Glenn Wegryn fourth fellow from Lindner College of Business

Glenn Wegryn, executive director for the Center for Business Analytics at the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of business, has been named a fellow for The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the largest international association of operations research and analytics professionals and students.

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Glenn Wegryn is one of 12 INFORMS fellows who will be inducted in November 2020.

Wegryn will be inducted at the Virtual 2020 INFORMS Annual Meeting in November, along with his class of 11 other fellows from as near as Ann Arbor to as far as Rio de Janeiro and Hong Kong.

“Glenn’s prestigious recognition as an INFORMS Fellow proves that empowering business problem-solving happens not only in our classrooms but through the work our centers do through partnerships around the world,” said Marianne Lewis, PhD, dean and professor of management at Lindner. “Congratulations to Glenn on his latest achievement and continued success leading our Center for Business Analytics.”

Established in 2002, the INFORMS fellowship program acknowledges operations research and management science professionals with outstanding lifetime achievements. In addition to being a long-time member of INFORMS, fellowship candidates are evaluated across five categories:

  1. Education: Activities that have helped grow OR/MS instruction.
  2. Service: Significant and sustained contributions that have advanced the stature or recognition of the OR/MS profession.
  3. Management: significant responsibility for the development and application of OR/MS techniques and knowledge within an organization over an extended period of time.
  4. Research: theoretical, empirical, or computational innovations in OR/MS.
  5. Practice: substantial application of OR/MS to significant practical problems.
Glenn’s prestigious recognition as an INFORMS Fellow proves that empowering business problem-solving happens not only in our classrooms but through the work our centers do through partnerships around the world."

Marianne W. Lewis, PhD Dean and Professor of Management, Lindner College of Business

Wegryn’s diverse professional experiences made him an exceptionally strong candidate for the 2020 class of fellows.

“INFORMS has recently been recognizing those who have contributed to the profession through their industry experience more and more, and I believe that weighed on my nomination,” said Wegryn, who is an INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional, a past president of the INFORMS Analytics Section and a 10-year veteran of the INFORMS Business Roundtable. “I look forward to this new chapter in my involvement with INFORMS where I can contribute to the organization that is such a great partner to the Center and help advance the profession.”

Wegryn’s fellowship continues a rich legacy of Lindner-affiliated INFORMS fellows:

  • Former Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems (OBAIS) Professor Jeff Camm, PhD (2017).
  • OBAIS Professor Emeritus David Kelton, PhD (2007).
  • OBAIS Professor Emeritus and Ohio Eminent Scholar Michael Magazine, PhD (2005).

Camm, along with the Business Analytics Center Academic Director and OBAIS Professor Mike Fry, PhD, was instrumental in putting together the nomination bid in spring 2020.

“I have known and worked with Glenn for over 25 years,” said Camm, who served as the Joseph S. Stern Professor of Business Analytics at Lindner from 1984 to 2015 before his current role as associate dean of business analytics and Inmar President Chair of business analytics at Wake Forest University School of Business. “Strong ties between industry and academia are critical to the analytics profession, and Glenn has made impressive contributions to this from both sides.”

Before joining the Lindner Center for Business Analytics as executive director in 2015, Wegryn spent more than 28 years at Procter & Gamble, notably creating and leading P&G’s award-winning Supply Chain Analytics group. The group’s work was recognized by INFORMS as a finalist for the Franz Edelman Award in 1996—coincidentally when Wegryn first connected with Camm and other OBAIS professors and leaders from Lindner to collaborate on future projects.

Seven individuals dressed in business professional attire stand in a line and smile upon receiving an award. Man in middle holds glass award

Lindner representatives upon winning the Smith Prize in 2019. Left to right: Jim Collins, VP, UPS; Glenn Wegryn, Executive Director, Center for Business Analytics; Lindner BS-BANA alum Lizzy Dinevski, ’18; Mike Fry, Academic Director, Center for Business Analytics; Rina Schneur, Smith Prize Committee Chair and Director of Business Analytics, Verizon; Jack Levis, Director of Process Management, UPS; Jeff Camm, former OBAIS Department Head and Professor Emeritus.

“Glenn has helped develop our Center for Business Analytics into a world-class institution in terms of connecting UC students and faculty with analytics practitioners and industry leaders,” said Fry. “This fellowship is made possible by Glenn’s decades of experience in the practice of analytics and in leading analytics teams. Glenn is an exceptional resource and role model for our students for learning how to create actionable insights from analytics models.”

Please join the Lindner College of Business in congratulating Wegryn on this lifetime achievement, which is just the latest accomplishment from the thought leadership and experiential learning powerhouse that is the Center for Business Analytics and the OBAIS department. Learn more about the OBAIS department’s 50-year history of industry accolades, year-over-year record student enrollment and strong partnerships covered in the 2019 issue of Portfolio magazine and winning the UPS George D. Smith Prize in 2019. Stay up to date with events and trainings available through the Center for Business Analytics.

Featured image: Wegryn speaking as master of ceremonies at the 2019 INFORMS Edelman Gala.

About the Lindner College of Business

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business empowers business problem solvers to tackle the world’s challenges. We fuel professional growth through our distinctive combination of academic and hands-on experiences: our problem-solving mindset, cooperative education, flexible pathways, inclusive community, and Cincinnati setting. Leveraging the power of academic and inclusive excellence, we enable transformation that is student focused, thought leader driven and partner powered. Learn more.

About the Center for Business Analytics

More than ever before, organizations are collecting massive amounts of data in an ever-increasingly complex decision-making environment. Analytics is a key capability needed to unlock the value in that data to generate insights and make better decisions — from top line growth to bottom line cost savings to improvements in medicine and community well-being. UC’s Center for Business Analytics is here to serve organizations — locally and nationally — to be best-in-class in analytics. Learn more about upcoming events and opportunities for professional development and training, and student engagement.