Senior Design Faculty

July 23rd, 2021

Several EMIS faculty members teach EMIS’ Senior Design course:

  • Spring 2021: Drs. Richard Barr and Eli Olinick

Dick Barr (B.S.E.E., M.B.A, Ph.D. Operations Research, U. Texas at Austin) is an Associate Professor of the Operations Research and Engineering Management department at Southern Methodist University’s Lyle School of Engineering, Dallas, Texas. Dr. Barr’s research interests include large-scale optimization, network software for telecommunications and logistics, benchmarking models, prescriptive analytics, and optimization-based data mining. His business background includes the establishment of several start-up companies, venture capital funding, and a consulting practice whose client list includes CONRAIL, Coopers & Lybrand, Cray Research, E-Systems, General Motors, The Heritage Foundation, IBM, Peat Marwick Main & Co., Raytheon, The Tax Foundation, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Interior, and Treasury. He has managed over 130 senior design projects involving 300+ students. Contact:  or 214-768-1772

Eli Olinick is an Associate Professor in the Department of Operations Research and Engineering Management at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Olinick completed his B.S. in Applied Mathematics at Brown University and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California at Berkeley in 1994 and 1999, respectively. His research interests are in applied optimization-especially network design problems. He is the President of the INFORMS Technical Section on Telecommunications. Contact:  or  214-768-3092

Thomas F. Siems is Senior Economist and Director of Research at Conference of State Bank Supervisors. He earned a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and a MS and PhD in Operations Research from Southern Methodist University. Previously, Dr. Siems was Senior Economist and Director of Economic Outreach at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Chief Engineering Economist and Senior Lecturer in the EMIS department at SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. He can be reached at or 469-878-0131.

Nandlal Singh is CEO and President of MinMax Technologies in Dallas and has more than 30 years of experience in executive management and serial entrepreneurship. An alumnus of IIT-Bombay, Dr. Singh received his MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and his MS, MBA, and Doctorate of Engineering from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He is a part-time faculty member at SMU, where he teaches Strategy Engineering, Decision Support Systems, and Program & Project Management.  At SMU, he has served on the EMIS Distinguished Advisory Council and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Asian Studies in the Dedman College of Humanities and Science. He  is affiliated with several civic organizations and serves on the Traffic Advisory Board of the City of Carrollton, Texas. Contact:

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