RONALD H. WRIGHT


 

Department of Business Administration 

(315) 445-4370

Le Moyne College 

wright@lemoyne.edu

Syracuse, NY 13214


 

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Operations Research, Department of Mathematics, University of Kentucky, 1977.

M.A., Mathematics, University of Kentucky, 1974.

M.Div., Colgate Rochester Divinity School, 1972.

B.A., Mathematics, King College (Tenn.), 1969.
 
 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Professor of Business Administration, Le Moyne College, 2000 to present

Associate Professor of Business Administration, Le Moyne College, 1992-2000.

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Le Moyne College, 1981-90.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Le Moyne College, 1977-81.

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, 1978.
 
 

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Research affiliate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1998 to 2001.

Management Science Consultant to Corporations, 1980 to present.

Vice President for Planning and Information Systems, Le Moyne College, 1990-92.

Director, Mathematics/Management, Le Moyne College, 1979-90.

Chair, Department of Mathematics, Le Moyne College, 1985-86.

Member, Technical Advisory Group to Research and Development Department of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, 1989-95.
 
 

JOURNAL ARTICLES

“Understanding Portfolio Risk Analysis using Monte Carlo Simulation”, with S. Ammar and C. Kim, Journal of Financial Education, Vol 34, No.2, pp. 40-58, 2008.

 

"The Impact of Grading on the Curve: A Computer Simulation Analysis", with G. Kulick, International Journal for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vol 2, No.2, 2008.

“Evaluating Customer Satisfaction Using a Fuzzy Rule-Based Decision Support System”, with S. Ammar and D. Moore, Journal of Database Marketing & Customer Strategy Management, Vol 15, No.2, pp. 91-105, 2008..

"A Financial Condition Indicator System for School Districts: A Case Study of New York", with S. Ammar, W. Duncombe, B. Jump, Journal of Education Finance, Vol. 30, No. 3, 2005, pp. 231-258..

“Comparing the Impact of Star Rookies Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James: An Example on Simulating Team Performances in the NBA League”, with S. Ammar, INFORMS Transactions on Education, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2004, pp.67-74.

"Constructing a Fuzzy-Knowledge-Based System: An Application for Assessing the Financial Condition of Public Schools", with S. Ammar, W. Duncombe, B. Jump, Expert Systems with Applications, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2004, pp. 349-364.

"Characteristics and Features of a Performance Evaluation Model Using Multilevel Fuzzy Rule-based Systems", with S. Ammar, International Journal of Technology, Policy, and Management, Vol.3, No.3/4, 2003, pp.301-321.

"A Demonstration of a Push/Pull Assembly Line", with S. Ammar, INFORMS Transactions on Education, Vol. 2, No.3, May 2002.

"A Symposium on Evaluating Financial Management of Large Cities: An application of Fuzzy Rule-Based Systems", with S. Ammar, W. Duncombe, B. Jump, Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol. 21, No. 4, Winter 2001, pp. 44-46.

"Evaluating Capital Management: A New Approach", with S. Ammar, W. Duncombe, Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol.21, No. 4, Winter 2001, pp. 47-69.

"Evaluating City Financial Management Using FRBS", with S. Ammar, W. Duncombe, Y. Hou, Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol. 21, No.4, Winter 2001, pp. 70-90.

"Using Fuzzy Rule-Based Systems to Evaluate Overall Financial Performance of Governments: An Enhancement to the Bond Rating Process", with S. Ammar, W. Duncombe, Y. Hou, B. Jump, Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol. 21, No. 4, Winter 2001, pp. 91-110.

"Applying Fuzzy Set Theory to Performance Evaluation" with Salwa Ammar, Socio-Economics Planning Sciences, Vol. 34, No.4, December, 2000, pp. 285-302.

"Identifying Low-Performance Public Schools" with S. Ammar, R.Bifulco, W.Duncombe, Studies in Educational Evaluation, Vol. 26, No.3, September, 2000, pp.259-287.

"A New Approach to Assessing Performance of State Human Resource Management Systems: A Multi-Level Fuzzy Rule-Based System" with S. Ammar, S. Selden, W. Jacobson, Review of Public Personnel Administration, Vol. 20, No. 3., Summer 2000, pp. 58-74.

"Ranking State Financial Management: A Multi-Level Fuzzy Rule Based System" with S. Ammar, S. Selden, Decision Sciences, Vol.31, No. 2., Spring 2000, pp. 449-481.

"Experiential Learning Activities in Operations Management" with Salwa Ammar, International Transactions in Operations Research, Vol. 6, No. 2, March 1999, pp. 183-197.

"The Role of Computer Models in Support of Fuel Purchasing", Intelligent Systems Re view, Vol 1, No. 2, 1989, pp 35-49.

 "Models for Computer Assisted Coal Purchasing", Combustion, Vol 52, No. 10, April 1981, pp 20-27.
 
PAPERS IN REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

“Analyzing Customer Satisfaction Surveys Using Decision Support Systems”, with S. Ammar, and D. Moore, Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, November 2007, Phoenix.

 

“An Investigation of the Use of Fuzzy Rule-Based Systems to Interpret Organizational Behavior Research Surveys,” with S. Ammar and M. Collins, Proceedings of Northeast Decision Sciences Institute Meeting, March 2007 Baltimore. Won Robert Pearson Memorial Award for the Best Theory Paper. Presented again, by invitation, in Best Papers Session at 38th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, November 2007,Phoenix, 2007.

 

“Introducing Business through Statistics” with G. Kulick, Proceedings of Northeast Decision Sciences Institute Meeting, March 2007, Baltimore.

 

“Using Simulation Software to Provide Experiential Learning in Finance Courses”, with S. Ammar, C. Kim,  Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, November 2006, San Antonio.

"Creating an Index of Manufacturing Climates in the US: An Application of Multi-level Fuzzy Rule-based Systems”" with S. Ammar, W. Wright, Proceedings of NAFIPS (North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society) Annual Meeting, June 2006, Montreal.

“An Interactive Multi-Level Reporting System: An Application in Evaluating Financial Conditions of New York State School Districts”, with S. Ammar, Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, November 2005, San Francisco.

 

“Producing ‘No Child Left Behind’ Report Cards That Include Expert Judgment”, with S. Ammar, Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, November 2004, Boston.

 

"A Hybrid System  for Modeling Credit Ratings for US Airports", with S. Ammar, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems, July 2004, Budapest.

"A Decision Support System for Rating the Bond Issues of Public Institutions", with S. Ammar, Proceedings of Northeast Decision Sciences Institute Meeting, March 2004, Atlantic City, pp 183-185.

"Ensuring Consistent Expert Judgment in a Multilevel Fuzzy Rule-based System: A Case Study in Evaluating the Credit Ratings of Public Institutions", with S. Ammar, Special Focus Symposium on Decision Technology and Intelligent Information Systems, International Conference on System Research, Informatics and Cybernetics, Baden-Baden, Germany, July 2002, Advances in Decision Technology and Intelligent Information Systems, Vol. III, pp 62-66.

"Using Neural Networks to Validate Fuzzy Rule-based Systems: An application in Determing the Credit-Worthiness of US Cities", with S. Ammar & D. Walters, Proceedings of Northeast Decision Sciences Institute Meeting, March 2002, San Juan, Puerto Rico, pp.208-213.

"What Chance Does the USA Have of Going to the World Cup?: An Example of Spreadsheet Monte-Carlo Simulation using Visual Basic" with S. Ammar, Proceedings of Decision Sciences Institute National Meeting, November 2001, San Francisco, selected for Innovative Approaches for Teaching with Spreadsheets Miniconference, pp. 37-39

"Solver, Forms, Macros and VBA: Enhancements to Teaching Quantitative Methods with Spreadsheets" with S. Ammar, Proceedings of Decision Sciences Institute National Meeting, November 2000, Orlando, selected for Innovative Approaches for Teaching with Spreadsheets Miniconference, pp. 38-40.

"Achieving Consistency and Completeness in Fuzzy Rule-Based Systems" with S. Ammar, Proceedings of Northeast Decision Sciences Institute, March 2000, Atlantic City, pp. 137-139.

"Consistency in Fuzzy Rule Based Systems: An Application in Elementary School Performance Evaluation" with S. Ammar, R.Bifulco, W.Duncombe,Proceedings of NAFIPS (North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society) National Meeting, June 1999, New York, NY, pp. 120-124.

"We played the OPM Games and Won" with Salwa Ammar, Proceedings of Decision Sciences Institute National Meeting, 1997, San Diego, CA, one of four finalist submissions in Instructional Innovation Award Competition, pp. 75-77.

"Using Fuzzy Rule Based Economic Models to Measure the Performance of State Funded Agencies" with S. Ammar, J. Leathley, I. McDonnell, Proceedings of NAFIPS (North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society) National Meeting, 1997, Syracuse, NY, pp. 418-422.

"A Fuzzy Logic Approach to Performance Evaluation" with Salwa Ammar, Proceedings of ISUMA (International Symposium on Uncertainty Modeling and Analysis) and NAFIPS (North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society) Joint National Meeting, 1995, College Park, Maryland. pp 246-251.

"Integrating Decision Support Systems for Fuel Purchasing", Proceedings, Conference on Decision Support Methods for the Electric Power Industry, Electric Power Research Institute, Cambridge, MA, May 1990.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

“Avoiding Fiscal Stress: The use of Expert Systems to Assess School District Financial Condition”, with S. Ammar, W. Duncombe, B, Jump, Developments in School Finance, 2004: Fiscal Proceedings From the Annual State Data Conference of July 2004, edited by W.J. Fowler, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office, 2005, pp. 19-37.

"Where's the Beef in Undergraduate Business Education" with Salwa Ammar, ORMS Today, Vol. 29, No.4, August 2002.

"Experiential Learning in POM: It Don't Mean a Thing If You Ain't Got That Swing" with Salwa Ammar, ORMS Today, Vol. 26, No.2, April 1999, p. 8.

"Introduction to Operations Management: the MBA In-Class Experience" with Salwa Ammar, Decision Lines, Vol. 29, No.2, September/October 1998, pp. 3-6.

"Fuzzy Logic: A Case Study in Performance Measurement" with Salwa Ammar, Uncertainty Analysis in Engineering and the Sciences, edited by B. Ayyub & M. Gupta, Kluwer Academic Publishing, 1997.

 "Inventory of Rarely Used Spare Parts", Inventory Strategy Modeling, New York State Electric & Gas, Binghamton, NY, 1990, pp.39-43.

 

PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES WITH ABSTRACTS AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

“Partnering with Non-Profit Organizations”, Sixth Annual Best Practices for Non-Profits Seminar, Syracuse, New York, 2008.
 
“A Computer Simulation of the Impact of ‘Grading on the Curve’ ”, with G. Kulick, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Meeting, Georgetown, November 2006.

 

“The Past, Present, and Future of OR/MS education, Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of INFORM-ED”, Panelist, INFORMS National Meeting, San Francisco, November 2005.

“A System Approach to Evaluating the Financial Condition of Public Airports”, with Salwa Ammar, INFORMS National Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2003.

“A Financial Condition Indicator System for School Districts: A Case Study of New York” with Salwa Ammar, William Duncombe, Bernard Jump, 2003 ABFM Annual Conference, Washington, DC, September 2003

“Using Fuzzy Rule-Based Systems as a Diagnostic Tool for Evaluating the Performance of Governments”, with Salwa Ammar, WSSA Public Finance and Budgeting Section, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2003.

Fuzzy-Rule Based Systems to Evaluate the Performance of Complex Organizations: Bond Ratings for Large US Cities”, with Salwa Ammar, The Institute of Public Affairs, University of Connecticut, February 2003.

"Where is OR/MS in Undergraduate Business Curriculum? ",  Session Chair and Panelists, INFORMS National Meeting, San Jose, California, 2002.

"The Changing Accreditation Environment and its Impact on OR/MS", Panelist, INFORMS National Meeting, San Jose, California, 2002.

 “Using FRBS to Evaluation Overall Financial Performance of Governments: An Enhancement to Bond Rating?” with William Duncombe, Salwa Ammar, Yilin Hou, and Bernard Jump, Annual ABFM Conference, Washington, DC. January 2001.

"Including VBA in Introductory Quantitative Methods Courses", INFORMS National Meeting, San Antonio Texas, 2000.

"Integrative Cases for Teaching OR/MS in the MBA Curricula", Panelist, INFORMS National Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1999.

"Best Cases", Panelist, INFORMS National Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1999.

Faculty, TMS2: The Second Summer Workshop on Teaching Management Science/Operations Research, Richard Ivey School of Business, London, Ontario Canada, June 1999.

"The Use of Linked Spreadsheets in Teaching Production Planning & Inventory Control: For a Little More Swing" with Salwa Ammar, INFORMS National Meeting, Cincinnati Ohio, 1999.

"Teaching OR/MS Topics in a Finance Context" with Salwa Ammar, INFORMS National Meeting, Seattle Washington, 1998.

Co-Chair of session on Teaching with Spreadsheets, IFORMS National Meeting, Montreal Canada, 1998.

"Can Business School Statisticians Teach with Spreadsheets" with Salwa Ammar, INFORMS National Meeting, Montreal Canada, 1998.

"Teaching Tips for New Teachers" Tutorial with Salwa Ammar, INFORMS National Meeting, Dallas Texas, 1997.

"Integrating Consulting and Teaching for OR Faculty: How and Why." Session Co-Chair, INFORMS National Meeting, Dallas Texas, 1997.

"The Interaction Between Academic Teaching and Faculty Consulting" with Salwa Ammar, INFORMS National Meeting, Dallas Texas, 1997.

"In-Class Activities of Operations Management" with Salwa Ammar, Tutorial, INFORMS National Meeting, SanDeigo, CA, 1997, and Canadian Operations Research Society National Meeting, Ottawa, CA, 1997.

Teaching Manufacturing with a Game" with Salwa Ammar, IFORS International Meeting, Riga, Latvia, 1966.

"T he Manufacturing Game" with Salwa Ammar, Tutorial, INFORMS National Meeting, October 1995, New Orleans, LA, May 1996, Washington DC, and November 1966, Atlanta, GA.

"Estimating the Impact of State Development Dollars on State Tax Revenues Using Fuzzy Logic Rule-Based Systems", with S. Ammar, INFORMS National Meeting, May 1996, Washington DC.

"Application of Fuzzy Logic and Pattern Recognition i n Evaluation of Client Satisfaction" with Salwa Ammar, INFORMS National Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, April 1995.

"A Decision Support System for Financial Aid Management" with Vijayan Sugumaran, INFORMS National Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, April 1995.

"A Rule-Based System Approach to Job Scheduling" with Salwa Ammar, INFORMS National Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, April 1995.

"Using the Computer in the Classroom as an Instructional Tool", Conference on Statistics Educati on in Management and Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, November 1993.

"A Coal Purchasing Model for Public Utilities", Operations Research Society of America, New Orleans, LA, May 1987.

"Developing Fuel Inventory Policy in Preparation for a UMW Strike", Fuel Inventory Workshop, Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA, January 1987.

"Using a Unified Fue l Inventory Model", Eastern Fuel Buyers' Conference, Buffalo, NY, May 1986.

"Operations Research and Computer Services", Data Processing and Management Association, Ithaca, NY, October 1984.

"Problems in Implementing Operations Research Projects", Management and Operations Research Society of Central New York, Syracuse, NY, April 1984.

"Linear Programming as a Planning Tool", Management and Operations Research Society of Central New York, Syracuse, NY, October 1980.

 "There are No Correct Answers in the Real World: An Illustration of Modeling as Process", Mathematics Association of America, Herkimer, NY, May 1980.
 
 

BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH PROJECTS

Developing a Financial Condition Indicator System for School Districts, New York State Department of Education, 2002 - present.

With Salwa Ammar of Le Moyne College and William Duncombe and Bernard Jump of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, working to development expert systems to evaluate the financial health of school districts. System also indicates areas for improvement.

Expert System to Create Bond Ratings in Public Finance, Fitch Ratings Inc. 2001-2003.

With Salwa Ammar, developed expert system to assist in the process of creating bond ratings for publicly financed US airports. System produces both a rating as well as a report of the rationale for the rating.

Calculating Heat Content for Natural Gas, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, 1998-present.

With Salwa Ammar, developing procedures for calculating the heat content of natural gas from factors, which can be easily measured without combustion.

Evaluation of Performance Surveys, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, 1995-96.

With Salwa Ammar, developed a fuzzy logic rule based system to evaluate performance survey for the corporate information system division. Formal model is annually used by Information Technology at NMPC.

Coal Purchasing Model, New York State Electric and Gas Corporation, 1980-89.

Developed computer based coal purchasing model that minimizes purchasing, transportation, production, and inventory costs. Model is still in regular use by NYSEG for purchasing, fuel cost forecasting, and capital project evaluation.

Oil Transportation and Inventory Model, Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., 1981.

Developed a linear program model to help determine optimal transportation methods (barges and trains) for fuel oil while minimizing inventory costs.

Input/Output Curves for Electric Generating Stations, New York State Electric and Gas Corporation, 1981.

Developed procedures and model for calculating input/output curves.

Boiler Combustion Simulation Model, Otisca Industries, 1985.

Developed computer model that simulated the cost to produce steam using different fossil fuels in specified boilers.

Sulfur Abatement Model, New York State Electric and Gas Corporation, 1985.

Developed computer model that would forecast system production costs under a range of possible federal and state legislation. Used by NYSEG to prepare responses to proposed legislation.

Utility Fuel Inventory Model, Electric Power Research Institute and Niagara Mohawk Power Co rporation, 1985-86.

Worked with NMPC and EPRI in final stages of development of this now widely used inventory model. Credited with making model both more accurate and more useful. Also worked extensively with NYSEG as they incorporated UFIM into their purchasing and forecasting procedures.

Inventory of Critical Spare Parts, New York State Electric and Gas Corporation, 1989.

Developed a computer model to analyze desired inventory levels for expensive but seldom used spare parts.

Sulfur Reduction Model, New York State Electric and Gas Corporation, 1991.

Developed computer model that was used to select long term strategy for complying with acid rain legislation.
 
 

SERVICE

Board of Directors, Open Hand Theater, 2008 to present.

Vice President Publications, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Education Forum, 1999 to 2001.

Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Instructional Innovation Competition Committee, 1998 to 1999.

Advisory Board, Syracuse City Schools Gifted Program, 1990-92.

Commissioner's Committee to Evaluate Gifted Program, Syracuse City Schools, 1991-92.

New Program Development Committee, Gifted Program, Syracuse City Schools, 1992-94.

Mayor's Task Force for Syracuse City Year, 1991-92.

Board of Directors, CNY University of Kentucky Alumni Association, 1987-1990, Treasurer, 1988-90.

President, Sedwick Farm Tennis Club, 2002 to 2003.

Board of Directors, Sedgwick Farm Tennis Club, 1989 to 2005.

Board of Directors, DeWitt Street Associates, 1992 to present.

New York State Education Department Evaluation Team, College of New Rochelle, 1989.

President, Management and Operations Research Society of Central New York, 1982.