Faculty Speakers at UMass Amherst Aim to Strengthen Ties Between Management, Engineering, and the Natural and Physical Sciences

AMHERST, Mass. - Seven professors from across the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus will give a series of talks this semester about their research and the need for different perspectives on that research. The UMass student chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is organizing the series. The talks are free and open to the public.

INFORMS is a collaboration of students from the Isenberg School of Management, the College of Engineering and the departments of resource economics and mathematics. It is also open to members in other interested departments. The chapter’s purpose is to encourage interest in and provide a means of communication among people in the field of operations research and the management sciences. Applications of interest include transportation and logistics, homeland security, health care, environmental management and social networks. Interest in the student organization is growing, according to Anna Nagurney, John F. Smith Memorial Professor and director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks, who serves as the faculty advisor. Tina Wakolbinger, a doctoral student in the Isenberg School of Management, is the student chapter president of INFORMS.

Support for the speaker series is provided by the Isenberg School of Management, the department of finance and operations management, and the John F. Smith Memorial Fund.

INFORMS Speaker Series Schedule

October 1 - Isenberg School of Management, Room 128, noon-1 p.m.: “How a Philosopher Became a Psychologist Who Fell in Love with Operations Research," Professor Donald Fisher, director of the Human Performance Laboratory, department of mechanical and industrial engineering.

October 15 - Isenberg School of Management, Room 112, 11 a.m.-noon: “Optimal Technology R&D in the Face of Uncertainty,” Professor Erin Baker, department of mechanical and industrial engineering.

October 29 - Isenberg School of Management, Room 128, 11 a.m.-noon: “What is the Most Effective Way to Produce Food Safety? Professor Julie A. Caswell, department of resource economics.

November 5 - Isenberg School of Management, Room 112, 11 a.m.-noon: “Technology Management, Innovation and Quality,” Professor Soren Bisgaard, Eugene M. Isenberg Professor of Technology Management, department of finance and operations management.

November 19 - Isenberg School of Management, Room 128, 11 a.m.-noon: “Social Networks: New Paradigms for Modeling, Applications, Computations, and Visualization,” Professor Anna Nagurney, John F. Smith Memorial Professor and Director of Virtual Center for Supernetworks. Tina Wakolbinger, department of finance and operations management, Isenberg School of Management.

December 3 - Isenberg School of Management, Room 112, 11 a.m.-noon: “Preferential Signal Control Strategies for Transit Vehicles," Professor John Collura, department of civil and environmental engineering.

December 10 - Isenberg School of Management, Room 112, 11 a.m.-noon: “It’s Not Easy Being a Team: Researching Collaboration From All Sides,” Professor Sara A. McComb and Ralitza Patrashkova, department of finance and operations management, Isenberg School of Management.

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