Thomas Grossman

Thomas Grossman


Full-Time Faculty
SFH Downtown Campus, Room 213


Professor Tom Grossman likes to see non-technical people harness the power of analytics and technology to lead their organizations. His interests include business analytics, spreadsheet engineering, spreadsheet information systems, managerial communication of analytical work, and analysis-driven process improvement.

He spent the early years of his career at an analytics consulting firm working on large-scale systems for operations and planning in the United States and Scandinavia. His experience includes writing research and production software in multiple programming languages on multiple platforms.

Dr. Grossman holds a U.S. patent in revenue management analytics. He is a dedicated public safety volunteer, including service as CEO and operations leader of a 50-person volunteer search and rescue unit.


  • PhD, Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University, 1994
  • MS, Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University, 1985
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana, 1984

Prior Experience

  • Professor roles at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, Haskayne School of Business at University of Calgary
  • President, Spreadsheet Productivity Research Interest Group
  • Analytics Consultant, Decision Focus, Inc.
  • CEO, Operations Leader, and SAR Technician, Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit

Awards & Distinctions

  • United States Patent 7,133,848, "Dynamic Pricing System," 2006
  • Hurricane Award, Spreadsheet Productivity Research Interest Group, 2011
  • Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit Distinguished Achievement Award, 2010

Selected Publications

  • Ensuring Scalability and Re-Usability of Spreadsheet Analytical and Optimization Models, Omega, 2019
  • The Art and Science of Practice:  Increasing Productivity and Minimizing Errors in Operations Research Spreadsheet Models” Interfaces, May 2017
  • "A Student-Centered Approach to the Business School Management Science Course” INFORMS Transactions on Education, January 2016
  • "Optimization Modeling for Logistics: Options and Implementations," Journal of Business Logistics, Vol. 33 (2), 2012 (with M. Bartolacci, L.J. LeBlanc, and Y. Kayikci)
  • "Spreadsheets Grow Up: Three Spreadsheet Engineering Methodologies for Large Financial Planning Models," European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group 11th Annual Symposium, Greenwich, The United Kingdom, July 2010, (with Ö. Özlük)
  • OR Process Skills Transform an Out of Control Call Center into a Strategic Asset, INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics, 2009
  • Lessons from Mission-Critical Spreadsheets, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 2007