INFORMS NEWS: People

Jonathan Caulkins

Jonathan Caulkins

Jonathan Caulkins, the H. Guyford Stever Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy at the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University, was named a University Professor at CMU, the highest designation a faculty member can achieve at the university.

“University Professors are distinguished by international recognition and for their contributions to education, artistic creativity and/or research,” said CMU Provost Farnam Jahanian.

An INFORMS Fellow and a 2010 recipient of the INFORMS President’s Award, Caulkins is internationally known for his research in public policy issues, particularly modeling the effectiveness of interventions related to drugs, crime, violence, delinquency and prevention. He is a former co-director of RAND’s Drug Policy Research Center.

At the Heinz School, he has served as director of the Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) program and as interim associate dean for faculty. He taught at CMU’s Qatar campus from 2005 to 2011.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Caulkins has authored more than 130 articles and 10 books.

He earned a Ph.D. in operations research from MIT in 1990, the same year he joined the faculty at CMU.

Janis Terpenny

Janis Terpenny

Janis Terpenny, professor and department head with the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, was inducted into the Virginia Tech Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Academy of Distinguished Alumni. The Academy was established in 1993 and includes a “group of recognized leaders in the field who have served their profession and society with distinction.”

A member of INFORMS, Terpenny earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in ISE from Virginia Tech in 1981 and 1996, respectively.

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected to join such an inspiring group of individuals, dedicated to leading the profession into the future and serving society,” Terpenny said. “I will be forever grateful to my master’s and doctoral advisors at Virginia Tech, Dr. Robert P. Davis and Dr. Paul E. Torgersen  … my heroes, who were outstanding educators and thought leaders, wonderful mentors and role models for me and for so many others.”

Terpenny is also the director of the Center for e-Design, a National Science Foundation industry/university cooperative research center that brings eight universities and more than 30 industry members together in solving pressing problems associated with the design, manufacture, delivery and sustainment of innovative, high-quality, lower cost products.

Terpenny was named a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers in 2010 and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2012. Her research and teaching interests include engineering design process and methods and engineering design education, including engineering economics, intelligent and integrated design systems and systems analysis/systems engineering.

Bryant Cassidey and Ford McDermott

Bryant Cassidey (left) and Ford McDermott

A University of Alabama student team from the Culverhouse College of Commerce recently won the 2016 Dow Big Data Challenge. Team members Bryant Cassidey of Mobile, Ala., and Ford McDermott of Atlanta are master’s degree students in operations management, specializing in decision analytics at Culverhouse. They competed with some 20 teams composed of up to two graduate students and one undergraduate student.

Dow Chemical formulated a problem from its daily operations and provided the data to the teams in the competition. The problem represented a Dow business segment either in industrial engineering, operations research, supply chain or management sciences. The students analyzed the data, developed solutions and presented their solutions to Dow executives for judging.

“We are proud of Bryant and Ford,” said Dr. Burcu Keskin, UA associate professor of operations management and an active member of INFORMS. “This is the second year that a Culverhouse team has placed in this competition. The success of our students is evidence of the quality of our analytics program at Culverhouse.”

The Culverhouse team placed second in last year’s Dow Challenge.

Harriet Nembhard

Harriet Nembhard

Harriet Nembhard led a team of faculty, staff and students from the Penn State Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems (CIHDS) that participated at the National Science Foundation Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) Industry Advisory Board spring meeting in April at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

Nembhard is a professor of industrial engineering at Penn State and a member of INFORMS.

The five proposals the CHIDS team presented in Houston included:

  1. “Value-based Care: Challenges in a Changing Program”
  2. “Integration of Genomic Data for Precision Health Decision Support”
  3. “Sensing Systems for Personalized Telehealth Wellness Management”
  4. “A Person-Centered Approach for Individuals with Multiple Chronic Conditions”
  5. “Demand Management for Community Paramedicine”

As a NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center, CHOT follows a model of an industry-academic partnership that has benefited industry-focused research across more than 50 disciplines. CHOT creates a safe, mutually beneficial, cooperative environment in which leading healthcare industry members can come together in collaboration to support important transformation initiatives addressing health organization management and services; examine the implementation of transformational strategies; partner with healthcare management researchers to improve such initiatives and strategies; participate in research in a cost-effective manner; and play a critical role in shaping the education of future healthcare leaders as managers, engineers and health professionals.