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UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: A Talk by Dr. Aurora Liu

Today, February 1st, we were excited to organize our first event for the new semester! Our first speaker for Spring 2019 was Dr. Aurora Liu, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her presentation was entitled: “Horizontal M&A and Firm Innovation: Contingency Roles of Collaboration and Knowledge Network Embeddedness”. Dr. Liu informed us about her research on how multiple network embeddedness of technological firms may change the effects of horizontal merger and acquisition (M&A) on firm innovation performance. The audience was very enthusiastic about the thorough description of the theoretical research background, as well as the empirical analysis that was presented.

The event started with the attendees introductions.

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

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

Dr. Liu presented her work using examples to make her models development clear to all attendees.

The presentation was followed by the speaker’s interview! The content will be available soon on our YouTube Channel! Don’t forget to subscribe for updates!


Spring 2019 – Welcome!

A new semester has just begun, and our Student Chapter is excited to welcome everyone back on campus!

We would also like to wish you a happy and productive semester, full of unique experiences and valuable lessons.

Keeping the good work of the past, our Chapter is enthusiastically organizing many interesting events for the Spring 2019 Semester. Learn more about them on:

Stay tuned and hope to see you all soon!

End of Semester Party!

Today, 12/13/2018, our Student Chapter organized successfully the traditional “End of Semester Party” that was eagerly expected! Many students, as well as faculty members, joined us in an event that included a little bit of everything: friendly mood, relaxing talks and delicious food. As in every event we organize, of course, interesting research discussions and exchange of valuable ideas have been held among participants. Above all, though, we had the chance to make a recollection of the good moments of this semester and all the lessons that it has taught us.

Our menu included a wide variety of flavors, such as pizza, traditional Indian food and festive cookies!

Our President, Katerina, cut our delicious cake and wished everyone “Happy End of Semester!”

Our Advisor, Prof. Anna Nagurney, wrote warm wishes on the blackboard on behalf of UMass INFORMS Student Chapter.

Our Student Chapter would like to thank all those who joined our events and activities during Fall 2018 Semester and, thus, made our efforts matter. We hope to see you all again during Spring 2019! Until then, we wish you have a happy Winter Break!

UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: A Talk by Dr. Michael Knodler

Today, November 30th, our Student Chapter hosted Prof. Michael Knodler from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of our University. His presentation was entitled: “Connecting the Threads of Transportation Safety and Traffic Operations”. Prof. Knodler’s talk emphasized on the role of humans within Transportation Systems. More specifically, his work addressed the investigation of human behavior and its potential impacts on traffic safety, infrastructure and operations. Prof. Knodler kept the audience’s interest vivid by presenting useful examples, impactful real-life applications and a Segway demonstration!

Our chapter’s advisor, Prof. Anna Nagurney, introduced the speaker.

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

Prof. Knodler performed part of his talk on a Segway!

Our speaker received many interesting questions from the attendees and provided them with detailed answers.

By the end of his talk, our guest welcomed everyone to try a Segway! In the photo below we can see our President, Katerina, being guided by Prof. Knodler and our Vice President, Hossein, on how to use it properly.

Also, today’s talk was preceded by the celebration of our Cum Laude Award! Our Chapter received this prestigious Award in the frame of the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ (more information on this Award can be found here).

We would like to thank Prof. Anna Nagurney for her valuable guidance and support that led to this Award, as well as all past and current Officers for their fruitful efforts!


UMass INFORMS Student Chapter receives Cum Laude Award!

We are very proud to announce that our student chapter has received the prestigious Cum Laude Award, in the framework of the INFORMS National Meeting in Phoenix! This award aims to recognize student chapters’ excellence and enhance their motivation for performing well. We would like to thank cordially all past and current members of our chapter for their efforts and achievements that led to this award!

Our chapter members are posing for a group photo, holding the award and sharing smiles.

Photo of the Cum Laude Award which has been awarded to our Chapter for the 12th consecutive year.

Congratulations Deniz, Sayeeda, Vijeta, Rodrigo, Mojtaba, Katerina, Franklin, Emre, Amro and, of course, Prof. Anna Nagurney!

More information about the award as well as a full list of past awardees can be found here:

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!

For more information about the Conference, please visit:


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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