Barry Thomas is the Senior Associate Dean of the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa and the Gary C. Fethke Research Professor of Business Analytics. He previously served as the Departmental Executive Officer (Department Head) in the Department of Business Analytics at the University of Iowa. Barry received his PhD and MS in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and holds BA degrees in both Mathematics and Economics from Grinnell College. He has over 50 peer-reviewed research publications, many focused on the application of machine learning to last-mile logistics problems. His research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation and private industry. Barry is currently co-Area Editor for the Routing and Logistics Area of the journal Transportation Science. He has previously served as President of the INFORMS Transportation and Logistics Society, an association of over 1000 transportation science researchers, and as a Vice President for INFORMS, the largest association of analytics and operations research professionals in the world. After 15 years, Barry recently retired from the Grinnell College’s Board of Trustees. As a Trustee, he had served as Chair of the Audit & Assessment and Governance Committees and had been Vice Chair of the Board.