Vijeta Deshpande accepts an internship job at Avenir Health

Vijeta will develop Markov processes based analytic models for predicting disease risks including acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic hearth disease, and risks of indoor air pollution.  He will work closely with experts in statistics, public policy, and software development.  Avenir Health is a non profit organization in Connecticut that works closely with multiple United Nations agencies and partners in developing open access decision analytic models for disease prevention. This internship will be a significant step in completion of his MS thesis in disease modeling of cancers for Peru. Good luck Vijeta!

Nazanin, at INFORMS 2018, is determined to influence policy changes through her research in disease decision-analytic modeling

“It was a great opportunity to participate in INFORMS annual meeting 2018, a gigantic conference gathering engineers and scientists from across the globe. The contribution we as IEOR can have on different areas have a great societal impact.  The key is to not only contribute to the math but more importantly concentrate on “after the math”, translation of the model and results to non-technical policy makers. “

Vijeta Deshpande presents his “impactful” thesis work, on MDP model for cancer detection, at INFORMS (potential employers-he is in the job market!)

Vijeta, as he heads into the job market, is motivated and excited about the potential impact he can make. His take away message from INFORMS  2018: “OR tools provide efficient way to critically evaluate even the most abstract ideas/research questions for betterment of healthcare systems. I am convinced that with increase in prevalence of OR tools in healthcare we can see a healthier future.”

‘Teaching game theory to high school girls also inspired me a lot’ say PhD students

Kudos to PhD students Xinmeng Zhao, Shifali Bansal, and Sonza Singh for volunteering, and a shout-out to the instructor Destinie Nock, PhD student from Prof Erin Baker’s lab, for the successful activity that inspired students and mentors alike. The activity was titled “Optimizing the Electric Grid – Let’s Bid”. The volunteers reflected on the vital role they can play, through such instructional activities, in inspiring more girls to pursue a career in engineering and engaging in solving the 21st century challenges of our society. The activity was part of the ‘Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day for High School Girls’ organized by the College of Engineering Diversity Program at UMass Amherst  

Rebecca Castonguay and Shifali Bansal participated in the Society for Women Engineering conference in Minneapolis

The students note that “the best thing I’ve gotten from this conference is knowing that I can advocate for myself to companies and not only are companies interviewing me but I’m interviewing the companies.” I can further confidently attest that the rewards are higher for the company that hires you, and then its just a matter of finding your Nash equilibria