First Meeting for Spring 2020 – Welcome!

Today, Monday 01/27/2020, our Student Chapter conducted its first meeting for the Spring 2020 semester. The meeting started with a vivid discussion about everyone’s hopes and expectations for the new semester.  Our President, Mojtaba Salarpour, presented the already scheduled talks for this semester and summarized the expected activities in order to organize these events successfully. The meeting participants had the chance to suggest interesting ideas about other events that could be incorporated into our agenda. A list full of exciting ideas was created and will be soon distributed among our members for further discussion.

We are looking forward to organizing many events, always with the support and guidance of our advisor, Prof. Anna Nagurney. We hope to see you all there!

After completing the list of events, our Chapter’s members took a group photo!




End of Semester Party!

Today, December 17, our Student Chapter successfully organized the “End of Semester Party” which we all eagerly expected. Many friends and colleagues, from various departments, joined us to celebrate the end of the Fall 2019 semester and the beginning of the Winter Break. Attendees enjoyed traditional, national and international, food and exchanged wishes for the upcoming holiday season. The festive cake was among the highlights of the event. Here are some of the many photos that we took:


Our Chapter would like to wish everyone a Happy End of Semester and an amazing Winter Break! See you all during Spring 2020!

UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: A Talk by Dr. Thomas Sharkey

Today, November 15th,  our Student Chapter was thrilled to organize a talk by Dr. Thomas Sharkey. Dr. Sharkey is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His presentation was entitled “Emergency Response in the Arctic: Optimizing Investments for Global Capabilities and Local Benefits”. Through his talk, Dr. Sharkey discussed major challenges associated with changes in the activities performed in  Arctic over the last years.  Such changes were the motivation for developing OR models for improving the emergency response in the Arctic, which was the main part of his presentation. Dr. Sharkey answered many questions during his talk and provided valuable information to the audience.

Our Chapter’s adviser, Prof. Anna Nagurney, introduced our speaker to the attendees and referred to his research background.

Dr. Sharkey presented to the audience the research team members that participated in this project.

With this talk, Dr. Sharkey explained current challenges in the Arctic area.

The attendees asked many interesting questions that led to a fruitful discussion.

Hope to see you all in our next event!


UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: A Talk by Dr. Stavros Siokos

Today, November 13th, our Student Chapter organized with enthusiasm a talk by Dr. Stavros Siokos. Dr. Siokos is the co-founder and managing partner of Astarte Capital Partners, primarily based in London, and he is also an alumnus of our University. His presentation was entitled: “Investing in Private Markets: Social and Environmental Benefits”’. With this talk, Dr. Siokos introduced the main concepts regarding impactful investments and took us for a tour around the world through videos that demonstrated his valuable work.  His talk included many examples from his personal experience, as well as precious advice for professional success.

Prof. Nagurney, our Chapter’s advisor, introduced Dr. Siokos to the audience.  As his PhD advisor, she also referred to his academic and professional background. Prof. Nagurney and Dr. Siokos co-authored a book about Financial Networks.

During his presentation, Dr. Siokos introduced us to current trends related with investments around the world.

His presentation included many videos that demonstrate the results of his fruitful work in different countries.

At the end of the talk, Prof. Nagurney took a group photo of the event’s participants.

Stay tuned for the interview that followed Dr. Siokos’ presentation!

UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: A Talk by Dr. Golbon Zakeri

It was a great pleasure for our Chapter to organize today’s event, a talk by Dr. Golbon Zakeri. Dr. Zakeri combined several recent papers of hers in order to provide us with an exciting presentation about pricing intermittent renewable generation. Her study focused on electricity market and included both deterministic and stochastic approaches. Our speaker encouraged the audience to ask questions during the talk and valuable feedback was exchanged.

Our speaker was introduced to the audience by our Chapter’s adviser, Prof. Anna Nagurney.

Our Chapter’s president, Mojtaba, referred to Dr. Zakeri’s academic and professional background.

Dr. Zakeri’s presentation was entitled: “Pricing intermittent renewable generation using stochastic flexi-auctions”.

Our speaker navigated through websites to show real-life data related with her work from around the world.

As always, the audience participated actively with many interesting questions. 

We hope to see you all in our next event!

Tune-up for INFORMS Annual Conference in Seattle, WA

Today, October 10th, our Student Chapter organized successfully the tune-up event for the INFORMS Annual Conference in Seattle, WA. Our presenters were 5 doctoral students of our University, currently serving as Officers of our chapter. The presented topics covered many different disciplines, such as disaster relief management, delivery systems based on drones, paratransit services, screening schedules for breast cancer and HIV transmission clusters. The audience participated vividly by asking questions and providing feedback to the presenters for improving their performance in the Conference.

Mojtaba opened the event with the presentation entitled: “An Integrated Financial and Logistical Game Theory Model for Humanitarian Organizations with Purchasing Costs, Multiple Freight Service Providers, and Budget, Capacity, and Demand Constraints”.

Haris presented his study on “Optimization of Paratransit Service with TNCs” which is developed for the Greater Boston area.

Zhangchen’s work was focused on drone deliveries and was entitled: “Revenue and Capacity Management for Drone-Based Delivery Services”.

Xinmeng presented her study on “Identifying Optimal Screening Schedules for Breast Cancer in Low-and-Middle-Income Countries: An application to Peru”.

Sonza’s work focuses on HIV transmission clusters and is entitled “An Agent Based Evolving Contact Network Model for Studying the Dynamics of HIV Transmission Clusters”.

Good luck to our presenters for their participation in the INFORMS Annual Conference in  Seattle (WA) this year!