Tune-up for INFORMS Annual Conference in Phoenix

As an annual tradition, our student chapter tuned up for the INFORMS Annual Conference in Phoenix, AR. Our presenters were 6 doctoral students of our university, all of which have served (or are currently serving) as our Chapter’s officers. The interaction between presenters and attendees was very vivid! The former received valuable feedback for their formal presentation in the Conference, whereas the latter had the chance to gain knowledge on very interesting optimization topics.

Deniz opened successfully the event with her presentation on complex food supply chain networks.

Vijeta presented his work on screening strategies for breast cancer using Peru as application area.

Pritha followed with her study on blood service organizations.

Zhangchen’s study was focused on unmanned aerial vehicles in delivery services.

Nazanin presented her work applied on HIV incidence.

Rodrigo performed the last presentation of the day in which he discussed about energy development using Mexico as application area.

We wish the best of luck to our presenters for their participation in the INFORMS Annual Conference!

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UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: A Talk by Dr. Priyank Arora

Today, October 19th, we were excited to organize our first event for the new academic year! Our first speaker was Dr. Priyank Arora, Assistant Professor of Operation Management at Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His presentation was entitled: “Serving Distressed Individuals: Balancing Advisory and Service Delivery Efforts in Nonprofits”. Through this talk, Dr. Arora informed us about his research on balancing advisory and service delivery efforts of resource-constrained NPOs in order to maximize their social impact. Both the modelling and the results of his study have attracted the audience which asked many interesting questions on the topic after the presentation.

Prof. Anna Nagurney, the chapter’s advisor, performed the speaker’s introduction.

The chapter’s new President, Katerina, referred to our speaker’s academic and research background.

Dr. Arora presented his work using an insightful application of his analysis on a practical context. He also gave valuable suggestions on how NPOs can implement his findings in designing their services.

The ordinary speaker’s interview was held after the event and the respective content can be found here.

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