Student Chapter Highlights

INFORMS Student Chapter at Auburn University

Auburn

The INFORMS Student Chapter at Auburn University (AU) was established in 2014. Its mission is to promote interest in the fields of OR, MS and Analytics, foster a sense of community among students in these disciplines, promote the exchange of ideas, mentor students, and make connections between students and professionals in industry and academia. In 2016, the chapter achieved many of these goals. Their accomplishments included three general meetings, two guest speakers from academia and industry, one workshop, a factory tour to Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (picture shows members visiting Kia), a social welcome week BBQ, a new website, publishing a brochure to introduce the organization, and utilizing social media to improve the communication with members. They also provided a full fellowship for three PhD students to participate at INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee in Nov. 2016 and collaborated on two events to introduce the concept of optimization to elementary, middle and high school students using fun scientific activities. The INFORMS Chapter at AU has been honored to be able to create an educational environment and be of service to the student body of the AU. In 2017, the executive board members have continued to host and plan various events and activities.

Please visit our website for more information: http://informsatau.wixsite.com/chapter

Mississipi State University INFORMS Student Chapter

Miss State

The Mississippi State University INFORMS Student Chapter is one of the most active student chapters. It provides a unique opportunity for students of different disciplines, including data analytics, management science, and operations research, to get together and share ideas. Moreover, it also ensures that the undergraduate students are well informed about the activities of INFORMS and gives them insight on career paths in academia and industry. The chapter hosts regular sessions by inviting speakers with from different universities, research centers, and industries. It proudly hosted over 10 speakers in last year and is planning to continue in the coming years. It also organizes sessions on MATLAB, Python, GAMS, and SQL among others, to help graduate and undergraduate students in their research and coursework. Although the chapter is a fairly new one at Mississippi State University, with guidance and encouragement of our advisors and hard work and determination of its officers, it is growing rapidly. It has been awarded the Cum Laude award for the last two year, and we want to continue this success. For more information about Mississippi State University INFORMS Student Chapter, you are welcome to visit our website in http://msstate.chapter.informs.org.

INFORMS - University at Buffalo Student Chapter - Summary of Activities

UB

The INFORMS Student Chapter at the University at Buffalo (UB) has been active for six years. Our chapter has hosted training workshops for various programming languages and software such as R, CPLEX, Java, QGIS, LATEX, and many more. We also offer students training in improving their presentation skills by hosting mock presentations and feedback sessions. This helps students gather presentation experience for INFORMS and other conferences. In addition, this year’s team of student officers has come up with innovative ideas to expand the chapter’s activities. One key initiative is to identify local not-for-profit organizations that have challenges related to operations research or analytics and connect student volunteers with these organizations. The students get experience working on real-world projects while not-for-profit organizations get efficient solutions to their challenges. Another new event we’ve introduced is our Alumni Talk Series. The previous semester featured a talk by Dr. John Coles, 2014 Ph.D. graduate and founder of the student chapter at UB. In the future, our chapter aims to continue its expansion and grow relationships with other INFORMS clubs, in the hopes of organizing joint events and creating a larger network for us all.

University of Michigan INFORMS Student Chapter

UMich

Diversity and outreach are essential parts of life for the INFORMS student chapter at the University of Michigan. In addition to our wide range of activities within the department and university including professional development workshops, advocacy, and industry/research building, we cherish our outreach, mentoring, and diversity initiatives.

One such initiative was the Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and the Sciences organization outreach days. During these events, underrepresented individuals in the STEM field were introduced to Industrial Engineering through an Emergency Department Simulation Game. Xplore Engineering was another event we coordinated, during which elementary school and middle school students were introduced to Industrial Engineering through a candy manufacturing game.

Alongside the department’s Diversity Initiative, we co-hosted Prof Mark Lewis (Associate Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development at Cornell) to speak about his healthcare research and efforts towards identifying performance targets for improving diversity in engineering. In addition, we co-hosted the “Winter Holiday Potluck” dinner for our department, which brought people together over the traditional food from their countries and cultures. Together, INFORMS Student Chapter at UoM are creating the next generation of academics and practitioners - our diversity enhances us.

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/ioe-informs/home

Twitter: @INFORMS_at_UM