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UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: Dr. Mauricio G. C. Resende

Today, March 5, our chapter organized a fascinating event. More specifically, we were excited to organize a talk by Dr. Mauricio G. C. Resende, a Principal Research Scientist at Amazon. The title of this presentation was “Logistics Optimization at Amazon: Big Data & Operations Research in Action”. In this event, Dr. Resende addressed various aspects of logistics operations at Amazon and presented some very interesting points about what is happening in this huge company.

This event was very well received and many participants from different parts of the world attended this online event and enjoyed the talk very much. At the end of the presentation, Dr. Resende answered various interesting questions of the participants.

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UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: Panel Discussion: Navigating the Academic Job Market

Today, February 12, our chapter organized a very useful panel discussion. In this panel, Dr. Priyank Arora from Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst, Dr. Deniz Besik from the University of Richmond, Dr. Chaitra Gopalappa from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Dr. Sara Saberi from Worcester Polytechnic Institute discussed 1) How to be a top candidate in the Academic Job Market; 2) What to do before, during, and after the interview; and 3) The possible effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Academic Job Market.

Participants in this online panel were from various locations, including the United States, Germany, Turkey, England, and India, and their questions were answered by the panelists. This event was recorded and soon will be posted on our YouTube channel so that those who did not have the opportunity to attend the meeting can still take advantage of today’s helpful discussions.

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General Meeting for Spring 2021

Today, on the third day of the Spring semester at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, we held our first meeting of the semester. Since we are still in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, this meeting was held online.

First, Mojtaba Salarpour, the president of the Chapter, briefly stated the goals and plans of the Chapter for this semester. The officers then exchanged views on plannings for exciting events. It was decided that in this semester, as in the previous one, we would take advantage of the situation and hold useful and interesting online events by inviting researchers and scholars from various fields and different places. In the end, the officers talked to each other and discussed their personal plans for the semester.

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