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Donald R Smith, PhD

MBA Program Director

Associate Professor

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

MS, Columbia University

AB, Cornell University

Office: Bey Hall, Room 120

Phone: 732-571-7536

Email: dsmith@monmouth.edu

CV URL: Donald Smith's CV

Fall 2014 Office Hours:
By appointment

Regularly Taught Courses:

Managerial Statistics BE 251

Management Science BM 549


Dr. Smith received an AB in Physics (magna cum laude) from Cornell University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He was an Assistant Professor of Operations Research at Columbia University where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the Engineering School and the basic quantitative course in the MBA program.

He left Columbia to take a research position at Bell Laboratories where he later became a manager of an Operations Research group, most of whose members had a PhD degree. In 2001 he came to Monmouth University where he is currently an associate professor in the Department of Management and Marketing Department and director of the MBA program. At Monmouth, he has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in statistics, operations management, and management science.

He has been active in the operations research professional society (INFORMS) and in particular with the administration of the Franz Edelman award (the premier award for operations research practice) where he has chaired the competition two times, served as a judge nine times, and was the coach of a winning entry.

Dr. Smith’s research area is primarily within stochastic processes (the study of systems governed by probability) and their optimization. He has authored more than 20 articles in the flagship journals of operations research.

Selected Works:

Scholarly Articles:

“Inventory Requirements Planning at Lucent Technologies,” (with multiple other authors) Interfaces, Vol 34, No. 5, September-October 2004, p 342-352. This was a finalist in the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice 2003 competition, a very prestigious competition within Operations Research. This is work that I conceived and led at Bell Laboratories. [Refereed]

“Optimal Initial Billing Period,” (with Robert H. Scott, III), Journal of Applied Business and Economics, volume 07(1), February 2007, p 51-55. [Refereed]

“Applying Merton’s Theory of Anomia to Career Disruptions,” Michaeline Skiba, Donald R. Smith and Kimball P. Marshall. Accepted for publication in Management Research News, Issue 4, Volume 32 (2009), to be published April 4, 2009. [Refereed]

Note: External evaluators have judged the following as “equivalent in substance to refereed journal articles for the purpose of maintenance of currency in the field.” [Non-refereed]

“Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences” (with Steven C. Graves), Interfaces, volume 32, No. 1, January-February 2002, p 1-4 (This is a non-refereed journal appearance indicative of significant scholarly activity) [Non-refereed]

“2002 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences” (with Steven C. Graves), Interfaces, volume 33, No. 1, January-February 2003, p 1-4, 2003 (This is a non-refereed journal appearance indicative of significant scholarly activity). [Non-refereed]

“A Quantitative View of Why HR Managers Need to Implement Retention Strategies: Maintaining Costs and Good Employees,” (Joseph Mosca, John Buzza, Linda Flaming and Donald R. Smith) accepted for presentation and publication in the refereed conference proceedings at the 2008 European Applied Business Research Conference, Salzburg, Austria, June 23-26, 2008. [Refereed, in proceedings]

“Revisiting the ‘Glass Ceiling:’ Pay Equity and Promotional Opportunities among U.S. Female Business Professionals,” Michaeline Skiba, Joseph Mosca and Donald R. Smith, 7th Global Conference on Business & Economics, 2007, October 13-14, 2007 [Refereed, in proceedings]

Presentations/Invited Talks:

“Inventory Requirements Planning at Lucent Technologies,” (with multiple other authors) Wagner Prize Competition, INFORMS annual meeting 2003. Presented by D.R. Smith. (Resulting paper listed above as published in Interfaces in 2004) [Not published, in proceedings]

“Modeling Prime Number Distribution as a System with Feedback,” Susan Marshall and Donald R. Smith. Presented by Susan Marshall at the conference Communicating Mathematics, at the University of Minnesota-Duluth on July 16, 2007. [See work in progress on CV]

“Human Resource Managers Enhance Effectiveness When Coaching.” (Mosca,, Buzza, Flaming and Smith co-authors) Presented by Joseph Mosca at the Association for Global Business 2007 Conference, Washington, DC, November 15-18, (best paper in session award).