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Thomas Pray, Ph.D.

Professor, Emeritus

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Office Phone: 585-678-9104


Decision Sciences
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Meet Thomas

Thomas Pray is a Professor Emeritus at RIT's Saunder's College of Business. For the past 20 years he has focused his research and writing on design, development and use of computerized business simulations. He has co-authored three business simulation books (and corresponding software). Recently, he has been active in the development of two new microcomputer simulations: DECIDE II - A TOTAL ENTERPRISE SIMULATION With Total Quality Management, and INNOVATE - A TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT SIMULATION. Dr. Pray's current research and development work deals with developing better algorithms in business simulations. In 1985, Pray's co-authored paper presented at the ABSEL (Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning) conference entitled "Modeling Market- and Firm-level Demand in Computerized Business Simulations" was honored as the best research paper. Recent publications include: "Modeling Radical Changes in Technology Into Strategy-Oriented Simulations", "The Production Frontier: Modeling Production in Computerized Business Simulations" and "Modeling Total Quality Elements into a Strategy-Oriented Simulation."

He has modified and used his microcomputer version of the DECIDE business simulation to support RIT's and Clarkson University's management and executive development efforts. He has conducted DECIDE-based programs in cooperation with: Xerox Corporation - New Build Operations and USCO; Eastman Kodak Company - KAD, Office Imaging, Kodak Park, and Customer Equipment Services, Kodak Colorado Division, and for Kodak Education Resources; CIGNA Corporation; Harris Corporation, and Lapp Insulator Corporation.

Dr. Pray has received two awards for outstanding teaching: RIT's 1985 Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, and in 1980 the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching awarded while he was at SUNY Geneseo.

He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Clarkson University and his doctorate in managerial economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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  • Simulation