Thursday November 4, 2010

A National Award

A University of Dayton professor will receive a national award for innovative teaching in operations research and management science.

The Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) has awarded a national teaching award to Michael F. Gorman, associate professor of operations management and decision sciences at the University of Dayton.

Gorman is receiving the 2010 INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of Operations Research and Management Science Practice, recognizing his work integrating real-world, practical experience in operations research education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

INFORMS especially noted his capstone course for operations majors in which students consult with real clients to gain problem-solving experience. Since 2002, 163 students in the course have conducted 56 projects with documented savings of more than $4 million for 22 clients. 

"A University of Dayton education emphasizes not just mastering theory, but also the practical application of that learning," Gorman said. "In that spirit, I have tried to create educational experiences that allow students to develop the creative problem solving and project management skills necessary to apply their education in a real-world setting."

Gorman, who joined the University in 2002, is the J. Robert Berry Endowed Faculty Fellow in the School of Business Administration. He will receive the award Sunday, Nov. 7, at the INFORMS national conference in Austin, Texas.

Contact Michael Gorman at or 937-229-3382.