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Welcome to a New Academic Year!

Last Friday, on September 24th, our Student Chapter gathered in the Supernetworks Lab at the Isenberg School of Management to welcome the new academic year together. This meeting was especially meaningful for our Chapter due to it being the first in-person activity that we organized after a fully remote academic year. We welcomed our new members and elected new officers while sharing our excitement for being back on our campus together. Our new president, Paola, shared her notable plans on how to navigate through this transitional period in which we all gradually move on from online activities to cautious in-person gatherings. She also thanked the former president, Mojtaba, and former officers for carrying our Chapter through these challenging times. With our new officers and members, we are more than ready to create great memories together!

The smiles on our faces can still be seen through our masks as we pose together for a group photo.
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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.

Logistics Optimization at Amazon: Big Data & Operations Research in Action

Title: Logistics Optimization at Amazon: Big Data & Operations Research in Action

Speaker: Dr. Mauricio G. C. Resende

Registration Link: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpf–hpj4jHdfaNRnAbgmaQS0RSpN-6APi

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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.

Panel Discussion: Navigating the Academic Job Market

Title: Panel Discussion: Navigating the Academic Job Market

Speakers: Dr. Priyank Arora, Dr. Deniz Besik, Dr. Chaitra Gopalappa, and Dr. Sara Saberi

Registration Link:  https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpce2upzwrHtRjRMeUS-OltYV90O41sAxY

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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!

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UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: OR/MS Career Advice Panel

Today, November 6th, our Student Chapter organized successfully a panel discussion with former Officers and graduate students of our University, who now have great jobs in different fields and disciplines. More specifically, we had Dr. Deniz Besik who is now an Assistant Professor at Richmond University, Mr. Vijeta Deshpande who works as a Research Specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rodrigo Mercado Fernandez who is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Appalachian Energy Center and Dr. Katerina Deliali who joined National Technical University of Athens as a Postdoctoral Research Associate.

Our Chapter’s President, Mojtaba, asked our panelists many interesting questions regarding their experience from navigating the job market. Our panelists offered valuable advice to our audience on how to choose between industry and academia and how to be a good candidate for the type of market that they will choose. The event participants joined vividly the panelists with many questions leading to a fruitful discussion. We all look forward to our next event! Stay tuned for updates!

OR/MS Career Advice Panel

Title:  OR/MS Career Advice Panel

Speakers: Dr. Deniz Besik, Mr. Vijeta Deshpande, Dr. Rodrigo Mercado Fernandez and Dr. Katerina Deliali

Registration Link:  https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkdOGspjouE9Cw7WkkUjbX1aqRx0Igz3KY

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UMass INFORMS Speaker Series: A Talk by Dr. Cecilia Zenteno, Dr. Martin Copenhaver and Dr. Michael Hu

Today, October 23rd, our Student Chapter enthusiastically organized its first virtual event for the Fall semester. More specifically, we were excited to organize a talk by Dr. Zenteno, Dr. Copenhaver, and Dr. Hu from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Zenteno is the Data and Analytics Senior Manager in the Healthcare Systems Engineering Department. Drs. Copenhaver and Hu are Operations Research Scientist at MGH. The title of their presentation was “Hospital Capacity during COVID-19”. Dr. Zenteno described the background, motivation and objectives of the work that they are performing at MGH regarding COVID-19. Dr. Copenhaver described the research questions, challenges and methods they are developing in the framework of their research. Dr. Hu focused on the timeline of their work from surge to recovery and described data and models developed for this purpose. The talk was concluded by Dr. Zenteno.

The event started with our Chapter’s president, Mojtaba, welcoming everyone to the event.

The attendees asked many interesting questions and there was a very vivid discussion at the end of the talk.

We are all looking forward to our next event! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Youtube and stay tuned!

A Talk by Dr. Cecilia Zenteno, Dr. Martin Copenhaver and Dr. Michael Hu

Title: Hospital Capacity Planning during COVID-19

Speakers: Dr. Cecilia Zenteno, Dr. Martin Copenhaver and Dr. Michael Hu

Registration Link: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAodumhqTosE9FMnZjy6IlMINnaZ7IG_V-W