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Ball, Michael O.

Michael Ball
Senior Associate Dean and Dean's Chair in Management Science
Orkland Corporation Professor of Management Science
Co-Director, National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR)
2416F Van Munching; 3443 A.V. Williams Building

Research Interests 

Operations research, transportation science (especially air traffic management), supply chain and revenue management, network and combinatorial optimization, and network reliability analysis



Michael Ball is the Senior Associate Dean and Dean's Chair in Management Science and the Orkand Corporation Professor of Management Science in the Robert H. Smith School of Business. He also holds a joint appointment with ISR in the Clark School of Engineering. Dr. Ball received a BES in Engineering Science in 1972 and an MSE in Operations Research in 1972 from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Operations Research in 1977 from Cornell University. He worked for two years at Bell Laboratories and has had sabbatical appointments at the University of Waterloo and the University of North Carolina. He is former chair of the Decision and Information Technologies Department within the Robert H. Smith School of Business and former chair of ISR's Executive Committee. He is currently Acting Dean for the Smith School.

Dr. Ball currently directs the NSF-funded project, "Supply Chain Infrastructures: Models and Analysis" and is Co-Director of NEXTOR, the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research. Within NEXTOR, which is funded by the FAA, NASA and members of the airline industry, he directs the Collaborative Decision Making research project. The interdisciplinary nature of his work led to Dr. Ball receiving the Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award from the ISR in 1997. He has over 90 publications in the aforementioned areas and has made over 100 presentations on these topics. He also has extensive consulting experience, which, in certain cases, has led to the development and successful implementation of major software systems.

Dr. Ball is, or has been, area editor for Optimization for Operations Research and associate editor for Networks, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, Operations Research and Operations Research Letters. He is a member of INFORMS, IEEE and the Mathematical Programming Society. He is particularly active in INFORMS where he has chaired two major committees. He was named a Fellow of INFORMS in 2004.

He is a member of the "Independent Experts Operational Goals Group (IEOGG)" of the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection, part of the ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organization. ICAO sets the standards and policies for world-wide civil aviation.

Honors and Awards 

INFORMS (Insitute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences), 2004

Research Awards 

Related News 

NEXTOR II to present aviation operations research in symposium
The symposium will be held at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C. October 23, 2018

Ball gives plenary address at INFORMS Workshop
Professor spoke on model decomposition and integration case studies related to urban transit and airline planning. July 7, 2015

MSSE student Xenia Barnes wins National Academies research stipend
Barnes works on aviation operations research through NEXTOR II. August 28, 2013

Ball talks airline mergers on News Channel 8
Professor appeared on 'NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt.' August 27, 2013

Anandalingham steps down as Smith School dean; Ball becomes acting dean
'Anand' moves to Imperial College London Business School. July 1, 2013

Wang, Ball, Lovell win best paper award at ICRAT 2012
Paper discusses a new allocation method in ground delay programs for air traffic flow management. June 13, 2012

ISR hosts Iraqi higher education delegation
Delegates meet with President Loh, Provost Wylie and other officials. February 20, 2012

Vlachou, Swaroop win FAA graduate research awards
The two Ph.D. students are associated with the NEXTOR aviation operations research center. September 26, 2011

FAA approves NEXTOR II aviation operations research contract
ISR's Michael Ball and David Lovell lead the University of Maryland NEXTOR II team. June 8, 2011

ISR announces Systems Symposium poster contest winners
Five posters selected for $500 research support prize. May 19, 2008

Airline mergers are inevitable, Ball says
The Dallas Morning News quotes the ISR professor about the possibility of an American Airlines merger. February 19, 2008

Ball to speak at airport systems planning and design course
ISR faculty member is co-director of NEXTOR. October 17, 2007

Alumnus interview: Ingar Grev
He talks with us about applying systems concepts in the business world. October 15, 2007

Ball quoted on airline mergers in Newark Star-Ledger
December 2006—ISR professor says mergers should produce more efficient carriers. December 15, 2006

Ball, Lovell awarded NASA grant for air traffic flows
Collaborative research will develop dynamic, stochastic models October 9, 2006

Two ISR teams awarded NSF DDDAS grants
Ball, Fu, Abed and Subrahmanian are principal investigators March 4, 2006

Three best paper awards for NEXTOR authors
Air Traffic Management seminar honors Ball, Lovell, others August 1, 2005

Three MSSE students graduate
Faber, McNeil, Poorfarhani complete studies May 4, 2005

Ball's work on airport landing slots profiled in trade magazine
Airline Business Report covers NEXTOR's February simulatin exercise for airline and government officials April 23, 2005

Ball, named a Fellow of INFORMS
INFORMS is a principal professional society November 7, 2004

FAA 'close to signing' contract with NEXTOR, trade magazine reports
July 2004—NEXTOR is co-directed by ISR Professor Michael Ball. July 3, 2004

Hideo Mizusawa is new ISR visiting scientist
Mizusawa is a research scientist at Toshiba Corporation. November 5, 2003

Ball hosts Collaborative Decision Making project
CDM is one of the research areas of NEXTOR October 11, 2003

Toshiba becomes an ISR Sustaining Partner
Its Corporate Manufacturing Engineering Center collaborates with ISR on manufacturing technology projects. October 10, 2003

Four ISR faculty to research electronic markets for time-sensitive goods
$2 million NSF award will analyze a variety of e-markets. September 2, 2002

ISR awarded grant for combined research and curriculum development in systems engineering
Faculty team to develop, widely disseminate, and evaluate an information-centric systems engineering curriculum November 8, 2000

NASA AMES awards contract to NEXTOR to support air traffic management research
Funding to support collaborative decision making research March 30, 2000