Michelle M. (Baron) Cowing
UC Box: A120
Office: Berglund 239
PhD in Industrial Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA in 1996.
Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA in 1992.
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, 1990.
Areas of Research & Specialization
All organizations, whether non-profit, for-profit, or government agencies, all face challenge, risk, and difficult decisions. I am interested in developing frameworks of analysis that can help organizations better understand their situation in order to make good decisions and to best utilize their resources to effectively and efficiently serve their varied constituents.I am currently responsible for teaching Organizational and individual decision making; and risk management, Risk analysis modeling techniques (quantitative/probabilistic risk assessment, representation and integration of uncertainties and other risk factors, including technical, human, policy, environmental and economic factors) to support decision making and long-term planning; decision analysis (decision support framework incorporating problem structuring in terms of alternatives and uncertainties, and evaluation of alternatives using single or multi-attribute utility theory); Operations management and process analysis and improvement strategies.
Cowing, Michelle, Carrie Davino-Ramaya, Krishnan Ramaya and Joseph Szmerekovsky. “Health Care Delivery Performance: Service, Outcomes and Resource Stewardship”, The Permanente Journal, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp 72-77, Fall 2009.
Ramaya, Krishnan, Joseph Szmerekovsky, and Michelle Cowing. "An Examination of Inter-Firm Cooperative Arrangements of U.S. Manufacturing Firms", Journal of Transnational Management, Volume 14, Issue 1, January 2009, pp 16 – 26.
Cowing, Michelle M. and Krishnan Ramaya. “Portland Cabinet Company: Complexities of Survival”, Western Casewriters Association Proceedings, Missoula, Montana, March 2007.
Ramaya, Krishnan, Joseph Szmerekovsky, and Michelle Cowing. "A Longitudinal Examination of Inter-Firm Cooperative Arrangements of U.S. Manufacturing Firms", WAM 2007 Conference Proceedings, Missoula, Montana, March 2007.
Cowing, Michelle M., M. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell, Peter W. Glynn. “Dynamic Modeling of the Tradeoff between Productivity and Safety in Critical Engineering Systems”, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Vol. 86/3 pp 269-284, 2004.
Baron, M.M. and Pate-Cornell, M.E.. "Safety and Productivity Trade-Offs: Managing Nuclear Reactor Outages." International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 19, Nos. 3/4/5, 2000, pp. 420-438.
Baron, M.M., and M.E. Paté-Cornell. “Designing Risk Management Strategies for Critical Engineering Systems”, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 46, No 1, 1998, pp. 87-100.
Baron, Michelle M. “Risk Management in Service Operations”, presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, November 1998.
Baron, Michelle M. “Multiple-Objective Risk Management Strategies”, presented at the 1997 Fall Meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Dallas, Texas, October 1997.
Baron, Michelle M. “Risk Management Trade-offs for Critical Systems”, Proceedings of the Fourth International Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, Sydney, Australia, July 1997.
Board member, Journeys of the Heart Adoption Services
Member, Academy of Management Decision Sciences Institute
Member, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society
Member, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
Honor & Awards
1995 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Stanford IE/EM Department
1993 Jerome Kaseberg Doolan Fellowship, Stanford University
1992 Stanford Centennial Teaching Assistant Award
1986-1990 UCSB Regents Scholar
At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors abd that you will have plenty of opportunites to get to know the faculty in your discipline.
Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now andthen. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.
BA 340 Management Science
BA 342 Risk Management & Decision Making
BA 350 Operations Management
BA 360 Organizational Behavior & Management