INFORMS News: People

James Franklin Sharp

James Franklin Sharp, chairman of Sharp Seminars in New York, was recently honored by the University of Illinois as a Distinguished Alumnus. A 1959 industrial engineering graduate at Illinois, Sharp is a member of the University of Illinois President’s Council and has established the annual Sharp Outstanding Teaching Award in Industrial Engineering, as well as the annual Sharp Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Industrial Engineering.

Sharp was previously named an Outstanding Alumnus at Perdue University, where he earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering. A member of Purdue President’s Council, Sharp established the Professor James H. Greene Outstanding Graduate Educator Award in Industrial Engineering at Purdue to honor his Ph.D. advisor.

Sharp went on to become an associate professor of quantitative methods at New York University’s Stern Graduate School of Business and a full professor of finance at Pace University’s Lubin Graduate School of Business, He also held management positions at AT&T. In 1986, Professor Sharp founded Sharp Seminars, which became a major provider of training to Wall Street analysts and portfolio managers.

A past president of the New York Chapter of TIMS (The Institute of Management Sciences, which eventually merged with the Operations Research Society of America to created INFORMS), Sharp has published many papers in leading journals, including Management Science. He has also written 36 books involving statistics, economics, accounting, corporate finance, stock analysis, bond analysis, options and futures analysis, real estate and private equity analysis, portfolio management and ethics.

Hui Yang

A team led by Hui Yang of Penn State University received $299,954 in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research focused on improving healthcare delivery to patients who have had cardiac surgery. Yang, the Harold and Inge Marcus Career Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing, is one of three researchers on the collaborative two-year project titled, “Sensing, Modeling and Optimization of Postoperative Heart Health Management.”

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease affects more than 83.6 million Americans – which is approximately 35.3 percent of the U.S. population – and costs the United States $448.5 billion annually. Of those affected with heart disease, around 51.4 million patients undergo in-patient heart procedures each year in this country.

“Postoperative care is critical to the quality of life of these patients,” Yang said. “However, once they are discharged from the hospital, there are currently few sensing and decision-support systems that extend to their homes, workplaces and communities, which increases the chance of another cardiac event occurring.”

The goal of the research is to develop a collaborative sensing, statistical modeling and decision-making strategy to optimize postoperative cardiac care to these patients. The research will be collaboratively pursued by faculty and students at Penn State and Texas Tech University, as well as clinicians at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. The team includes Dongping Du of Texas Tech and Fabio Leonelli from the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, along with industrial engineering graduate students Yao Bing, Chen Kan, Pei Shenli and Matenga Zvikomborero.

Bob Bordley

INFORMS Fellow Bob Bordley has accepted a 25 percent appointment as program director for the University of Michigan’s master’s degree program in Systems Engineering and Design. In addition to teaching responsibilities at the university, Bordley continues to work at Booz-Allen-Hamilton (a member of the INFORMS Roundtable).

Bordley is a retiree from General Motors Corporation (another Roundtable member), where he was part of Project Trilby, a task force charged with introducing systems engineering into vehicle design. Bordley also worked at the National Science Foundation as program director of Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (along with former INFORMS President Robin Keller). Bordley has a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California, Berkeley.

Douglas A. Samuelson

Douglas A. Samuelson, president and chief scientist of InfoLogix, Inc., was appointed to the Board of the Health Services Agency of Northern Virginia, a private non-profit group that advises the state government about whether to permit establishment or expansion of certain regulated healthcare facilities.

In other news, Samuelson made a guest contribution to a recently released book by Douglas W. Hubbard and Richard Seiersen, “How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk” (Wiley). Samuelson’s essay outlines new methods for cyber-counterintelligence, a topic he also writes about in this issue of OR/MS Today and in a recent issue of Analytics magazine.