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Dr. Bowers awarded Richard Sanders award for Excellence in Executive Education

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At the annual College of Business Administration Awards Banquet, Dr. Melissa “Missie” Bowers was awarded the Richard Sanders award for Excellence in Executive Education. This award recognizes her numerous contributions to programs of the Center for Executive Education (CEE). She is a key player in CEE initiatives as a researcher and teacher.

Dr. Bowers is a principal investigator on a series of Air Force research grants totaling over $2.2 million. She is doing research with Air Force maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) depots, finding better ways to manage MRO operations to improve the availability of aircraft and to increase the capacity of the depots.

She was on the development team for the Aerospace and Defense MBA (AMBDA) and the Lean Maintenance Repair and Overhaul executive program.

She and her colleagues developed an experiential MRO simulation that gives participants hands-on experience in reducing flow time and increasing throughput in MRO operations. They have also developed a competitive MRO industry marketplace simulation, that highlights both the technical, financial and strategic issues of MRO. Dr. Bowers recently signed a contract with McGraw Hill to coauthor a book on MRO.

She also teaches in the MBA program and the Business Analytics Master’s program. Last year’s graduating MBA class voted her the outstanding MBA core faculty member.