INFORMS News: People


INFORMS President-Elect Anne Robinson visited Stanford University to share her career insights in operations research and analytics with students in the INFORMS Stanford Chapter. Five INFORMS members joined her on the panel including, Brian Lewis (VP, Vanguard Software), J.P. Loose (Advanced Analytics lead at Cisco), Ozlem Yuksel (senior director of Corporate Strategy at HP), Margery Connor (operations researcher at Chevron) and Colin Kessinger (co-founder of End-to-End Analytics).

When asked about what they enjoyed the most about being part of INFORMS, the panelists uniformly answered that INFORMS offers a remarkable networking channel. When new graduates step into the job market, networking plays a significant role on the road to success. The panelists identified teamwork as another important skill, which students can develop while in school. Stanford classes, especially ones offered by the Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) department, put great emphasis on working in teams.

“This was one of our biggest events of the year and we’re very pleased with the student turnout,” stated Annie Kwon, president of the INFORMS Chapter at Stanford. “We believe students learned important life lessons that will serve as a stepping stone for their future career.”
Dick Larson, MIT professor and former INFORMS president, is known as “Dr. Queue” for his scholarly research in the area of queueing theory. Larson recently served as the primary source for an article in Slate titled, “What you hate most about waiting in line.” Along with a brief history of queueing theory, Larson explains why “fairness” is such an important issue for folks waiting in line. To read the story, visit:


David Goldsman, a professor at the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. The honor recognizes outstanding leaders of the profession who have made significant, nationally recognized contributions to industrial engineering. A fellow is the highest classification of IIE membership.

An active member of INFORMS, Goldsman has provided sustained leadership in the simulation community, including the annual Winter Simulation Conference. His research interests include computer simulation with emphasis on statistical output analysis, applied probability, ranking and selection, financial engineering, and reliability and life testing. Application areas include health systems, airline safety and supply chains.

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