Barry C. Smith Continues As Edenfield Executive-in-Residence

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The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering welcomes back Dr. Barry C. Smith as Edenfield Executive-in-Residence for the 2009-2010 year. Smith, whose appointment began in 2008, will continue working on a project for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to redesign the National Airspace System (NAS).

Jointly sponsored by the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, the project anticipates necessary updates to the NAS as new types of aircraft are developed over the next decade. Dr. Smith conducts research with Dr. Ellis Johnson, Coca Cola Chair and ISyE Professor, to determine the impact of advancements in aircraft technology on the NAS.

"Our job is to estimate the impact of new aircraft on future air transportation schedules and travel patterns," Smith said, "these results will be used to determine how air traffic control should evolve in order to provide the necessary levels of capacity, performance and safety for the air transportation industry."

As Edenfield Executive-in-Residence, Smith also provides lectures for Dr. Johnson's Airline Operations Research and Computational Methods classes. The Edenfield Executive-in-Residence program was created by James C. Edenfield, 1957 graduate of the Stewart School of ISyE and president of American Software Inc., to bring experienced and proven executives to campus each year, sharing research and education knowledge from industry.

Smith brings to ISyE thirty years of experience in the areas of pricing, revenue management and airline scheduling. He founded his own consulting firm, following retirement from Sabre Holdings, where he was Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President for research. Smith led the Sabre Research Group supporting the Sabre's travel distribution business and development of the company's decision support products in the areas of airline scheduling, revenue management, and operations. Smith began his career at American Airlines in 1979 where he pioneered the development of revenue management. His contributions to the industry have been recognized by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) as an Edelman Prize winner for airline revenue management and as an Edelman finalist for his work in on-line retail marketing.

Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Stewart School of ISyE. Smith completed his undergraduate education at Georgia Tech, earning a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 1976.




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