Keynote Speakers: Thought Leaders
Senior Vice President, Revenue Management & Analytics, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Mark Shafer, Senior Vice President of Revenue Management for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, has been a Disney cast member for 14 years. His responsibilities include Pricing, Forecasting & Planning, and Revenue Management across multiple segments, including Walt Disney World, Disneyland California, Disneyland Resort Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland and support to Tokyo Disneyland. These responsibilities also span multiple lines of business, including Theme Parks and Resorts, Merchandise, Food and Beverage, and Golf. In addition, his team supports science applications at Disney Cruise Line, ABC, ESPN, Disney Theatrical Productions, and the Disney Interactive Media Group. Shafer spent 12 years in the airline business with People Express Airlines and Continental Airlines, holding positions in Domestic and International Pricing/Revenue Management.
Chief Economic Advisor,
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Richard O'Neill is the Chief Economic Advisor at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. From 1988 to 2000 he was the Chief Economist and Director of the Office of Economic Policy. From 1986 to 1988 he was the Director of the Commission's Office of Pipeline and Producer Regulation. His work has focused on open access, restructuring, competition, performance-based incentive regulation and market design.
From 1978 to 1986, he directed oil and gas analysis, including the development of software systems, oil and gas resource analysis, energy modeling systems, analysis of natural gas markets, and oil and gas forecasting at the Energy Information Administration. From 1973 to 1978, he taught and did research in computer science and applied mathematics on the computer science and business faculty of Louisiana State University. From 1969 to 1973, he taught and did research in the areas of operations research and statistics on the business school faculty of the University of Maryland. He has a B.S. in chemical engineering, an MBA and a Doctorate in operations research all from the University of Maryland.
He has worked with several countries, states, the World Bank, energy companies and computer companies in the development of mathematical software, energy modeling, forecasting, regulation, privatization, restructuring and market design. His published work has appeared in academic and professional journals and books in the areas of Applied Mathematics, Optimization, Operations Research, Management Science, Computer Science, Energy, Electrical Engineering, Economics, and Law.
High-Level Panel on Supply Chain & Logistics
Top executives bring their perspectives and advice on trends and challenges in this exciting arena.
Moderator: Chip White, Professor & Chair of Transportation & Logistics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Julius Heil, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, CHEP
Chuck Holland, Vice President of Process Management, UPS
Judy Lemke, Executive Vice President and CIO, Schneider National
Stephen Lilly, Executive Director, Distribution and Logistics, Merck
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Dan Adelman, PhD
Professor of Operations Management, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Dan Adelman conducts research on internal pricing mechanisms for operational control, in which central management sets internal prices for various resources in the firm's operation. He also studies revenue management/pricing optimization, and supply chain management. He devises state-of-the-art methodologies, such as in the area of approximate dynamic programming, to address complex, real-world operational problems faced by firms. His current work focuses on optimizing supply chain contract portfolios and strategic capacity allocation across customers and markets. Adelman interacts regularly with companies, and bases his research on problems that he sees in a variety of industries, including chemical distribution, airlines, hotels, third party logistics, fiber-optics manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing, oil, healthcare, and others. Adelman has received several awards, including the George B. Dantzig Prize in 1998 for the best dissertation in any area of operations research and the management sciences that is innovative and relevant to practice. He publishes regularly in leading academic journals, and serves as Associate Editor at Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, and Operations Research. He received a PhD in industrial engineering and operations research in 1997, in addition to a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and master's degree in operations research from Georgia Tech.
Charles Arnold, MS, MBA
Senior Operations Engineer, Supply Chain Strategy Group, Intel Corporation
Charles Arnold joined Intel in 1997 after completing his MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Orlando. He has held many positions at Intel: Corporate Purchasing; Business Planning; Assembly Test Manufacturing; Strategic Capacity Planning; and is currently a Senior Operations Engineer in the Supply Chain Strategy Group within Customer Fulfillment Planning and Logistics. Arnold received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida and a MS in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research from Arizona State University.
Shane Azzi, MBA
Director, Supply Chain, Mars Australia
After graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon Australia, in 1992, Shane Azzi was appointed as a Logistics Officer within the Australian Army. He spent the next 8 years serving in various appointments in which he gained significant operational logistics experience. After 10 years in the Military, he left to pursue a career in business and took up a role as Commercial Manager at Pacific National (Australia’s largest Transport operator). Whilst in this role, Azzi was involved in various acquisitions and new business ventures. He later joined Mars as the Outbound Supply Chain Team Process Leader for Asia Pacific within their SAP project. After several successful implementations, he was appointed National Logistics Manager, a position he held for 3 years and led a significant network redesign project. Following this, Azzi was appointed into his current role as Supply Chain Director for Australia.
Michael Bean, MS
President, Forio Business Simulations
Michael Bean co-founded Forio Business Simulations, a software company specializing in developing web simulations, and leads Forio’s consulting activities. Before Forio, he held several senior management posts at simulation consulting and simulation software firms in the United States and Europe. Bean has been exclusively consulting on strategic simulation and decision-support engagements for twenty years. He was also a research associate for the System Dynamics Group at MIT, where he developed simulations that examined the strategic implications of decision-making. Bean has consulted with corporations and government agencies nationally and internationally on topics including transfer pricing, competitive strategy, emerging technologies, and customer migration. He has conducted scenario planning, systems thinking, and computer simulation seminars to corporations and government agencies worldwide. In addition, he has presented at national conferences on systems thinking and computer simulation.
Saif Benjaafar, PhD,
Professor and Director, Industrial & Systems Engineering; Director, Center for Supply Chain Research, University of Minnesota
Saif Benjaafar is a Professor at the University of Minnesota where he is also Director of the Industrial & Systems Engineering Program, Director of the Center for Supply Chain Research, and a Faculty Scholar with the Center for Transportation Studies. He was a visiting Professor at universities in France, Belgium, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore. His research expertise is in the areas of supply chains, logistics, and operations management. He has published articles on related topics in journals such as Operations Research, Management Science, and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management. He has consulted extensively with leading companies, such as General Mills, Honeywell, and 3M, among others. His current work focuses on issues of sustainability in supply chains and logistics. He is a fellow of IIE.
Margrét V. Bjarnadóttir, PhD
Acting Assistant Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Margrét Vilborg Bjarnadóttir is currently an acting assistant professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She defended her PhD thesis titled Data Driven Health Care from the Operations Research Center at MIT in 2008. Bjarnadóttir’s research focuses on developing and applying operations research methods, data-mining and statistical testing to create analytical systems for surveillance and decision making support. Some of her more recent work addresses a) how live claim databases can be to improve the health care system, including active drug surveillance to improve the post FDA approval monitoring system and b) how exciting financial data can be used for banking surveillance.
Defne Berkin, PhD, PEng
Senior Associate Industrial Systems Engineer, E.I. du Pont Canada Company
Defne Berkin received her BS in Industrial Engineering at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, her MS in Systems and Management Science and PhD in Operations Research, both at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Before joining DuPont Canada as a member of the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Support group within corporate engineering, she taught at the Faculty of Management at University of Toronto, in the area of production and operations management. For the last 19 years, she has been supporting all businesses of DuPont Canada and DuPont US, in their quest for continuous improvement of supply chain productivity, mostly through using operations simulation and use of optimization tools, including OPL Development Studio, Frontline Premium Solver Platform, COLT, a toolkit for optimizing the supply chain developed in E.I. DuPont. Her work has involved optimization of supply chains; improving productivity of facilities including warehousing operations, work schedules and staffing operations; minimizing inventory and working capital; designing and improving product wheels, planning capacity expansion of current facilities and capacity planning for a new facility; long-term capacity optimization for businesses; productivity improvement in facilities of customers of some DuPont businesses.
Sudip Bhattacharjee, PhD
Associate Professor, Ackerman Scholar, School of Business, University of Connecticut
Sudip Bhattacharjee is an Associate Professor and Ackerman Scholar in the School of Business, University of Connecticut. He serves as the Executive Director of MBA Programs in the School of Business. His areas of specialization include digital goods and markets, information systems economics, intellectual property rights, multi-objective optimization, supply chains and systems dynamics. His research has appeared in top peer-reviewed journals such as Management Science, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Journal of Business, Journal of Law and Economics, IEEE Transactions, and others. His research has been highlighted in various media outlets such as Connecticut Public Television, Business Week, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Der Spiegel, Christian Science Monitor, slashdot.org, Business 2.0 Web Guide, and others. He serves on the editorial board of Information Systems Research and Information Systems Frontiers.
John Boylan, PhD
Professor of Management Science and Head of Research, Faculty of Enterprise and Innovation, Bucks New University UK
John Boylan is Professor of Management Science at Buckinghamshire New University and is a director of the International Institute of Forecasters. His principal expertise relates to forecasting product demand and managing inventories. He is founder and chair of the Forecasting for Inventories section of the International Society for Inventory Research. He has published widely in academic and professional journals, and acts as Supply Chain Forecasting Editor for Foresight: the International Journal of Applied Forecasting. Boylan has worked on two government-funded research projects, and has completed two Knowledge Transfer Partnership programmes, enabling companies to implement state-of-the-art forecasting processes and methods. Sponsored by International Institute of Forecasters.
Terry A. Bresnick, MS, MBA
CEO and Senior Principal Analyst, Innovative Decisions, Inc.
Terry Bresnick has had extensive experience in applying decision analysis to complex problems of government and industry. Earlier, as an officer in the U.S. Army, and currently, as a consultant in the private sector, he has demonstrated his expertise in the areas of decision analysis, risk analysis, strategic planning, resource allocation and budgetary analysis, evaluation of competing alternatives, cost-benefit analysis, and business area analysis. Bresnick has been an Assistant Professor of Systems and Decision Analysis at the U.S. Military Academy, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Virginia. He was awarded the David Rist Prize by the Military Operations Research Society for his work on an innovative military application of decision analysis. He holds an MS in Statistics from Stanford University, an MBA in Decision Science from George Mason University, and BS in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy.
C. David Bryant
Vice President of Operations, Xerium Technologies, Inc.
David Bryant is the Vice President of Operations at Xerium Technologies, Inc, a provider of paper machine forming fabrics, press felts, dryer felts, and elastomeric roll coverings. In this position he is responsible for all facets of operations/manufacturing in 12 North American plants. Bryant has worked for Xerium for 24 years and has held numerous positions including Applications Engineer, Regional Sales Director, Director and Applications and Marketing, Director of Manufacturing Engineering/Lean Manufacturing, and VP of Operations. Bryant received degrees from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and also holds a Six Sigma Black Belt from N.C. State University.
Donald L. Buckshaw, MS
Senior Principal Analyst, Innovative Decisions, Inc.
Donald Buckshaw has over twenty years of experience as an intelligence analyst and operations research analyst. His expertise is the creation of new methods for modeling of complex national defense and intelligence community problems that are both ill-defined and data deficient. Buckshaw’s approach to analysis uses a mixture of facilitation of small teams of experts with customized tools. His specialty areas include cyber risk mitigation models, adversary behavior modeling, and decision and risk analysis for strategic planning. Buckshaw won the 2006 Military Operation Research Journal award and for the last two years, he has helped teach the INFORMS Practice Conference’s Soft Skills Workshop.
Peter S. Buczkowski, PhD
Manager, Advanced Analytics, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Pete Buczkowski is Manager, Advanced Analytics for Walt Disney World® Resort. He has the pleasure of leading the Operations Research group inside of Industrial Engineering (IE), with area experts in optimization, simulation, and data mining. This group serves as an internal consultant to the IE team, working on complex analytical projects in a variety of areas, including Transportation, Park Operations, Costuming, Scheduling, and Workforce Planning. Pete received his MS and PhD in Operations Research from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004, and BS in Applied Mathematics from Western Michigan University.
Jeffrey D. Camm, PhD
Professor of Quantitative Analysis, Head of the Department of Quantitative Analysis, University of Cincinnati
Jeffrey Camm is Professor of Quantitative Analysis, Head of the Department of Quantitative Analysis and Operations Management, and College of Business Research Fellow at the University of Cincinnati. His research in applied optimization has been published in Science, Operations Research, Management Science, Interfaces and other journals. He was the 2006 recipient of the INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR Practice, is an Edelman Laureate and currently serves as editor-in-chief of Interfaces. A firm believer in practicing what he preaches, he has served as an operations research consultant to numerous companies and government agencies and he routinely uses this experience to help his students learn how to be real OR practitioners. Camm is owner of Z Star Analytics, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in customized optimization models for distribution network planning and scheduling.
Arnab Chakraborty, MBA
Analytics Service Delivery Leader, Strategy and Analytics Services, Hewlett-Packard Co.
Arnab Chakraborty is the Analytics Service Delivery Leader for Strategy and Analytics Services (Global Business Services) at Hewlett-Packard Company (since 2005). He is responsible for providing analytics solutions across sales, marketing and supply chain domains to HP’s business groups across the Americas, EMEA and APJ regions. Prior to joining HP, Chakraborty has over 13 years of experience in Management Consulting and Business analytics. He has held leadership positions at GE Capital, KPMG Consulting and Wipro Technologies. Chakraborty holds an MBA from National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, India and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela, India. He is also Certified in Production and Inventory Management from APICS (The Association of Operations Management), and is a regular speaker at various international conferences and industry platforms.
Dwight Collins, PhD
Founding Faculty, Presidio Graduate School
Dwight Collins is a member of the founding faculty of the Presidio Graduate School. He teaches Sustainable Operations Management and Implementation of Sustainable Business Practices, and founded the Presidio’s highly successful Experiential Learning Program. As President of Colbridge & Company, Collins provides consulting and training services in sustainable supply chain design & optimization. One of his primary focuses is developing teaching case studies that demonstrate how companies can be profitable and sustainable simultaneously. Collins chaired the INFORMS Roundtable’s first meeting on Sustainable Business (Nov. 2006). Prior to joining the Presidio, he directed Aspen Technology’s Strategic Planning Practice, which provided strategic planning optimization consulting services to senior executives. Common goals included planning acquisitions, divestitures, post-merger capacity rationalization, production consolidation, and distribution network redesign. Clients included BP Chemicals, NOVA Chemicals, Borden Chemicals, and Abbott Labs. Collins earned a BS degree in Engineering Physics, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Operations Research, all from Cornell University.
Christopher J. Fry, MS
Managing Director, Strategic Management Solutions
Christopher Fry is the founder and Managing Director of Strategic Management Solutions, a management consultancy specializing in the application of business analytics and management science to generate strategic advantage for its clients. Fry brings over 15 years of US-based and international consulting experience to Strategic Management Solutions, with a focus on using analytical approaches to support strategic decision-making in the areas of pricing, supply chain strategy, and product complexity management. Prior to founding Strategic Management Solutions in 2002, he was a consultant and forecasting expert with Decision Focus, Inc., a firm which pioneered the development of the revenue management field during the early to mid 1990s, and was also a consultant with strategy consulting firms Booz Allen Hamilton and McKinsey and Company, Inc. Fry has served in a wide range of industries including high technology, airline and air cargo, energy, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and automotive. He has served clients from across the globe and has consulted on the ground in 14 different countries. Fry spent four years living and working in Asia with a focus on serving clients doing business in China, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He earned an MS in Management Science from Stanford University, where he conducted research in the areas of pricing, supply chain management, and marketing science. He earned his BS degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.
M. Kevin Geraghty, MS
Vice President, Research & Analytics, 360i
Kevin Geraghty is an experienced Operations Research practicioner who has successfully built analytic organizations and capability from the ground up. He has developed business processes and systems that contribute hundreds of millions to the revenues of a number of Fortune 500 companies. At 360i, Geraghty delivers digital marketing solutions for major brands including Apple Inc., H&R Block, NBC, Saks Fifth Avenue, MTV, The Coca-Cola Company, JC Penney and Office Depot. His extraordinary track record of success includes the following career highlights, including a finalist prize by the INFORMS Edelman Competition for outstanding Operations Research. His work on National Car Rental pricing and reservations management systems reversed a decision to liquidate the company and led to the sale of National for an estimated $1.2 billion. At GMAC Insurance he introduced online revenue management to the property and casualty insurance industry and authored a groundbreaking patent. He also developed virality models for a major social network that targeted key customer touch points and contributed to expansion of membership from 1 million to 80 million over three years. Geraghty holds a Masters degree in Management Science and a BA in Mathematical Science from the National University of Ireland. He is Past President of the Atlanta INFORMS Chapter, and serves on the editorial committee of Analytics Magazine and as a mentor for the Georgia 100® program.
Ted L. Gifford, MS
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Schneider National, Inc.
Ted Gifford is currently a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Schneider National Inc. In his most recent prior position, he served as Vice President of Engineering & Research, where he lead an organization comprised of groups engaged in supply-chain and transportation engineering, industrial engineering, statistical analysis, operations research modeling, business consulting, and development of decision support software tools. Previously, Gifford served as research group director and had responsibility for development of algorithms and computational engines to support on-line decision support systems, supply chain optimization, and tactical planning models.. Prior to joining Schneider, his roles included Director of Quantitative Research at a global investment advising firm, Senior Software Architect at Symantec Corporation, and President of a software development and consulting firm. Gifford has an M.S. in Operations Research from Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.A. in Mathematics from University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Mathematics from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Michael Gilliland, MS, MSE
Product Marketing Manager, Forecasting, SAS Institute
Michael Gilliland is Product Marketing Manager at SAS, which he joined in 2004 after fifteen years of forecasting experience in the food, apparel, and consumer electronics industries. He is a frequent speaker at forecasting events and on webinars, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Business Forecasting. He was a columnist on “Worst Practices in Business Forecasting” for Supply Chain Forecasting Digest, and has published in Supply Chain Management Review, Journal of Business Forecasting, Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting, and APICS Magazine. Gilliland holds a BA in Philosophy from Michigan State University, and Master’s degrees in Philosophy and Mathematical Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. He blogs at blogs.sas.com/forecasting, and his book The Business Forecasting Deal: Exposing the Myths and Bad Practices – And Providing Practical Solutions will be published in June.
Kevin Gue, PhD
Associate Professor, Auburn University
Kevin Gue is Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Auburn University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. His research interests include logistics modeling and optimization, with applications in distribution, warehousing, and material handling. For the work he is presenting at this conference, Gue received (with Russell Meller) the Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He is a Past President of the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education.
Bryan Guy, Esq.
Managing Director, Cypress Venture Group
Bryan Guy is a green technology innovator whose company, CVG, has developed a number of head-turning green IT and clean tech products and services. These products and services include patented hardware and software solutions, mobile applications and renewable energy technologies. CVG’s clients include the City of Seattle, the Seattle Climate Partnership and a growing number of municipalities and private organizations. Guy has served as an executive for Fortune 500 companies and is a licensed attorney with expertise in business, technology and environmental law. He possesses a degree in business finance from Seattle Pacific University and a law degree from Seattle University and has studied sustainable development in Europe with organizations including the European Union, World Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the United Nations Environmental Programme.
Arun Hampapur, PhD
Distinguished Engineer; Director, Business Analytics and Mathematical Sciences, IBM Research
Arun Hampapur is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Director in the Business Analytics and Math Sciences Department of IBM Research. In his current role, he is leading solution development and commercialization of Business Analytics and Optimization technologies across a broad range of industries. His role includes developing novel analytics offerings which combine structured and unstructured information analytics technologies into vertically integrated solutions. Hampapur is leading a worldwide team of analytics experts, software engineers, and business executives in an effort to develop analytics driven asset management solutions for customers in multiple industry segments. In 2008 Hampapur was on assignment to IBM Global Services as the CTO of Physical Security, where he led the technology commercialization of the IBM Smart Surveillance System. He led the original research team which invented IBM Smart Surveillance System (S3) at IBM T.J Watson Research Center prior to its commercialization. He has led the S3 effort from its inception as an exploratory research effort, thru the building of the first lab prototype, first customer pilot engagement, to the commercialization as a services offering. He has developed several algorithms for video analytics and video indexing. Hampapur has published more than 80 papers on various topics related to video analysis, pattern recognition, searchable video and video surveillance and holds 20 US patents and more than 70 patent applications. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, an IBM Master Inventor, and a IEEE Senior Member. He obtained his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1995.
Erik F. Hertzler, MBA
Capital Supply Chain Staff Engineer, TME Capital Planning Group, Intel Corporation
Erik Hertzler is currently the Capital Equipment Supply Chain Velocity & Flexibility Staff Engineer in the TME Capital Planning group. His current work includes the application of statistical modeling to improve capital supply chain velocity, collaborative university research efforts to use model predictive controls to synchronize supply-demand forecasting and application of lean methods to streamline existing capital business processes. Since joining Intel more than 14 years ago, Hertzler has been involved with capital equipment supply and performance in fab, C4, test and sort manufacturing as both an engineering group leader and staff engineer. His efforts have included formalizing the Technology Manufacturing Group (TMG) capital equipment supply chain velocity and flexibility improvement program; enabling Fab12’s conversion from 200mm to 300mm manufacturing; quantifying Intel’s capital cost of adopting 300mm prime; VF C4 proliferation to replace the outdated hub-spoke supply chain; and establishing the initial capital end-of-life excess tool harvesting, reuse and resale program. Hertzler earned his Master’s of Business Administration degree and bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He is a PhD candidate in the Arizona State University Industrial Engineering department.
Avnaesh Jayantilal, PhD
Director of Product Marketing, AREVA T&D
Avnaesh Jayantilal is Director of Product Marketing at AREVA T&D (previously ALSTOM ESCA). His responsibilities include strategy, product management and business development for solutions and technologies used in competitive electricity markets and electric utilities. He received his BEng (Hons) from The Royal Military College of Science (Cranfield), MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), England. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). He has published numerous papers in journals and conference proceedings, and has served as a panelist in various industry forums. His interests include empowerment of consumer choice in electric grids through enhanced electric markets and grid management.
Martin Jetton, MS
Practice Manager, Predictive Modeling, Kronos Hiring Solution Division, Inc.
Martin Jetton has a MS in Operations Research and Applied Statistics from Oregon State University. With over 18 years of experience, he has worked in a broad spectrum of analytics including marketing, sales and promotion analysis, logistics, long range planning and, currently, human capital asset management. He has been a member of INFORMS since 1987.
Darren M. Johnson, MS
Senior Supply Chain Strategic Planner, Forecasting & Business Analytics, Genentech, Inc.
Darren works for Genentech in the Forecasting & Business Analysis group where his responsibilities include uncertainty analyses on the long range forecast. He began his Biotech career in the Supply Chain Strategic Planning group at Genentech. In these roles, Darren pioneered the application of Probability Management in both long range capacity planning and forecasting. Optimization and process efficiency has defined his career, which spanned roles at HP, Intel, and Optiant, as well as startup efforts in the US and Japan. Darren earned a B.A. in Economics and Japanese from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. in Industrial Administration with a focus in Operations Research from Carnegie Mellon University.
Ellis L. Johnson, PhD
Professor and Coca-Cola Chair, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ellis L. Johnson worked in the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center for 26 years where he founded the Modeling and Optimization Center and became an IBM Corporate Fellow before retiring in 1993 to move to the Coca-Cola Chair Professorship in Georgia Tech School of ISyE. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a fellow of INFORMS, AGIFORS, and SIAM. Awards include: John Von Neumann Theory Prize, INFORMS 2000, Dantzig Prize, Mathematical Programming Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics 1985, and Lanchester Prize, INFORMS 1983.
Eric Johnson, PhD
Associate Fellow, Decision Strategies Inc (DSI)
Eric Johnson is an experienced decision consultant, helping asset-intensive companies make decisions that shape their future. His aim is to help clients reach a well-reasoned consensus about which strategy best meets their objectives. Johnson is one of the most talented partners at Decision Strategies Inc (DSI) for developing insights and hybrid strategies for maximum value development. He has developed a number of innovative practices, which have changed the way DSI conducts its business. Other DSI consultants frequently seek Johnson's advice on developing insights and a C-level perspective on their analyses. Before joining Decision Strategies, Johnson applied his decision analysis skills in electric utilities, pharmaceutical companies, and consultancies.
Karl G. Kempf, PhD
Director of Decision Engineering, Intel Corporation
Karl Kempf is Intel’s Director of Decision Engineering, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and an adjunct professor at Arizona State University. His team at Intel was awarded the 2009 INFORMS Prize. At Intel he currently focuses on product design decision problems and previously was responsible for production and supply chain decision support systems. Prior to joining Intel he contributed to the computerization of cinematic special effects at Pinewood Studios in England and the on-board computerization of racing vehicles at Ferrari in Italy. Kempf holds a B.S. in Chemistry, a BA in Physics, a PhD in Applied Mathematics, and completed post-doctoral studies in Computer Science.
Erica Klampfl, PhD
Technical Leader, Ford Research & Advanced Engineering
Erica Klampfl leads a Strategy and Sustainability Analytics group at Ford Research and Advanced Engineering. Her research interests include the application of analytical techniques to strategic planning, sustainability, marketing, manufacturing, and intelligent vehicle functions. Many of these applications have been deployed as corporate IT systems or used to inform corporate strategy on many complex decisions across Ford business units. Klampfl is an active member of INFORMS and is currently on the INFORMS Practice Advisory Council, the Public Information Committee, and the Prize Committee and is a 2008 INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize finalist. She received her PhD in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Rice University.
Franklyn G. Koch, MS
Decision Analysis Practice Leader, Chevron Projects Resources Co., Chevron Corporation
Frank Koch is part of Chevron’s internal project management and consulting unit, Project Resources Company. He is the Decision Analysis Practice Leader and is responsible for promoting and improving the application of decision sciences in the support of decision making practices across the company. His primary focus includes strategy development, behavioral aspects of decision making, opportunity valuation, game theory applications and portfolio management. He has an extensive background in management coaching and training, as well as project decision support. Koch has worked for Chevron for over 30 years, beginning his career as a development and exploration geologist. He has been active in the use and improvement of decision analysis, portfolio management and planning tools for most of his career acting in both staff and managerial positions. Prior to his current role in Chevron, Koch was the manager of strategic and business planning for Chevron’s North America Exploration and Production business. He has participated as keynote speaker and chairperson in numerous industry and professional conferences. He has served on the steering committees for various industry forums on Risk Management, Portfolio & Asset Valuation and Strategic Decision Making. Koch is currently the executive editor of SPE Economics and Management, a peer reviewed journal of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He has a B.S. (ΦΒΚ) in geology from the University of Rochester and an M.S. in geology from Stanford University.
Peter Kraus, PhD
Engineering Fellow, Statistical Engineering, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
Peter Kraus is an Engineering Fellow focusing on Statistical Engineering training and consulting efforts within Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. Peter is presently responsible for implementing Design for Six Sigma techniques across Engineering and Operations to achieve Mission Assurance. Peter earned a Masters Degree in Mathematics from Northeastern University and a PhD in Operations Research from UMass Amherst.
Michael Kubica, MBA, MS
Founder & President, Applied Quantitative Sciences, Inc.
Michael Kubica is Founder and President of Applied Quantitative Sciences, Inc. He has over 18 years experience within the life sciences industry, and has been providing quantitative sciences consultancy since 1999. Kubica has extensive experience in providing quantitative decision support solutions for leading pharmaceutical, medical device/diagnostics, biotechnology and healthcare delivery organizations addressing a wide range of business issues. Prior to establishing AQS, he held the position of Vice President, Operations for Magellan Health Services. During his career Kubica has also held positions of Regional Director of Quality Management, Regional Director of Business Operations & Finance, and Hospital Administrator. Throughout his career, he has employed sophisticated quantitative methods to forecast performance, streamline operations, and improve quality. Kubica has both an MBA and Master’s of Science in psychology. He serves as Adjunct Professor of Research Design and Statistical Analysis at St. Thomas University in Miami, FL.
Patrick Leach, MBA
Principal, Decision Strategies, Inc.
Patrick Leach is a Principal with Decision Strategies, Inc., a leading management consulting firm in the energy industry. He has also been an independent consultant and worked for Texaco as a geophysicist, partner & government coordinator, and portfolio manager. He has thirty years of experience in the upstream energy industry, ranging from Sumatra to Aberdeen. Leach is the author of "Why Can't You Just Give Me the Number? - An executive's guide to using probabilistic thinking to manage risk and to make better decisions." He has a B. Sci. degree from the University of Rochester and an MBA from the University of Houston Executive Program.
Tobin J. Lehman, PhD
Services Scientist, IBM Almaden Research Center
Tobin Lehman is a Services Scientist, working in the Almaden Services Research group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose California. He joined Almaden Research in 1986 after receiving his PhD in Memory-Resident Database systems from the University of Wisconsin. In his 22 years with IBM Research, Lehman has created several novel technologies in the areas of database systems, client/server environments, distributed systems and grid computing. Most recently, he has been developing a new environment for managing the complex requirements of strategic outsourcing engagements.
Leslie Lenert, MD
President, Leslie Lenert LLC; former Director, National Center for Public Health Informatics, Centers for Disease Control
Leslie Lenert, MD, MS, FACMI is graduate of the University of California, Riverside and the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine. Trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine and in Clinical Pharmacology and in Medical Informatics at Stanford University School of Medicine, Lenert has held faculty posts at the Department of Medicine at Stanford and the University of California San Diego (UCSD). At UCSD, he was promoted Professor of Medicine, was the Director of the Health Services Research Unit at the San Diego VA Healthcare System, and was Associate Director (Medical Informatics) at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), an interdisciplinary institute with more than 200 faculty, focused on translational research in computing and wireless technologies. In 2007, Lenert became the first permanent Director of the National Center for Public Health Informatics (NCPHI) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NCHPHI had $120M annual budget and more than 600 employees and contractors. At NCPHI, Dr. Lenert led the agency’s efforts to meet public health information needs through improved linkages with the clinical care system based on “cloud computing” technologies, including linkage of public health providers to the National Health Information Network (NHIN. Currently a consultant in population health informatics, Lenert has published over 100 original articles and book chapters, is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and was a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, and the International Journal of Medical Informatics. His current research interest is the application of information technology to enhance continuity of care in community settings.
Brian Lewis, PhD
Vice President, Professional Services, Vanguard Software
Brian Lewis is the Vice President of Professional Services at Vanguard Software, a vendor of innovative software for enterprise decision modeling, planning, and analysis. In this position, he is responsible for all aspects of Vanguard’s consulting, custom solution development, technical support, and training services. Lewis and his team work on a wide range of client projects, from optimizing manufacturing schedules to simulating project portfolios to forecasting demand patterns and more. Prior to Vanguard, he worked for Ford Motor Company, Providian Financial, and United Parcel Service (UPS) and received degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, and University of California, Berkeley, all in the field of operations research. Lewis is currently the Chair of the INFORMS Public Information Committee and a Representative on the INFORMS Roundtable.
Warren H. Lieberman, PhD
President, Veritec Solutions
Warren Lieberman is President of Veritec Solutions, a consulting and software development firm helping companies optimize their pricing and revenue management (P&RM) capabilities. Veritec is based in Belmont, California. Since beginning his career in yield management at American Airlines in 1984, Lieberman has become an internationally recognized expert in revenue management, especially “non-traditional” implementations. By combining his Operations Research-based modeling skills with a strong emphasis on ensuring that P&RM programs reflect industry operations as well as business processes and policies, he helps clients in many industries. He pioneered the application of revenue management techniques in the cruise, timeshare exchange, and equipment leasing industries, providing both design and technical leadership. In the 1980’s, Lieberman designed some of the earliest multi-method adaptive demand forecasting techniques used in revenue management systems. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) as Vice President, Information Technology, and recently served as Chair of the Revenue Management and Pricing Section of INFORMS. Lieberman received the BS degree in Mathematics with a specialization in computer science from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He holds a PhD in Operations Research from Yale University.
Robin Lougee, PhD
Research Staff Member; Program Manager, COIN-OR; IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Robin Lougee is a Research Staff Member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. She is a lead evangelist in promoting open-source software for the operations research community. For the past decade, she has been involved in using open-source software in building business solutions for IBM and its customers. Lougee is a founder of the Computational Infrastructure for OR (COIN-OR), a past board member of the COIN-OR Foundation, a principal infrastructure manager of an open cutting plane library, and the Program Manager for COIN-OR activities at IBM. She is a past-Chair of the INFORMS Computing Society and currently serves as the INFORMS Vice President for Meetings.
Russell D. Meller, PhD
Hefley Professor of Logistics and Entrepreneurship, University of Arkansas
Russell Meller is the Hefley Professor of Logistics and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He is a three-time graduate of the University of Michigan. His research interests encompass the field of facility logistics, logistics at the facility level, and distribution system design. For the work he is presenting at this conference, Meller received (with Kevin Gue) the Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He is a Past President of the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education.
R. John Milne, PhD
Master Inventor and Senior Engineer, IBM Corporation
R. John Milne is a Master Inventor and Senior Engineer at IBM where he has spent the vast majority of his career developing applications for supply chain management in the semiconductor industry. He has been awarded the Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice and the Edelman Finalist Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. He earned Bachelor of Science and Masters of Engineering degrees in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University and a PhD in decision sciences and engineering systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
John E. Osborne II, BS
General Manager, Research & Development and O.R., The Kroger Company
John E. Osborne II came to The Kroger Co. in August 1997, and currently is General Manager of Research & Development, reporting to Senior Director. Previously, he held positions within Kroger as senior manager of Information Systems and Technical Manager of the Kroger Manufacturing division. He also worked for Star Bank, Champion International Paper, and as a consultant for both General Electric Aircraft Engines and Westinghouse. Osborne’s expertise is in computer sciences combined with the business management, negotiation, and purchasing disciplines. In his career he has been responsible for several enterprise-wide operational and technical projects with capital and annual budgets worth millions of dollars. He also has a number of patents pending. He has been invited to speak at several conferences such as the Winter Simulation Conference on Operations Research and the Value Studio for CIOs, Ohio University, and University of Cincinnati to speak on innovation and innovation processes. Osborne graduated with a BS degree in Computer Science from Ohio University. Currently he is also a member of the Ohio University School of Communications Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of University of Cincinnati school of Computer Science, the chair of the ZigBee Alliance Retail profile, and proxy board member of the ZigBee Alliance for The Kroger Co.
Michael T. Ozog, PhD
Vice President & COO, Smart Grid Products, Integral Analytics, Inc.
Michael Ozog is an economist specializing in optimization, econometric analysis and economic modeling for the energy industry. He has over 15 years of experience in the areas of impact evaluation, energy modeling, demand forecasting, mathematical optimization, discrete-choice modeling, and program evaluation. Ozog is a recognized expert in the area of energy efficiency program evaluation, and has conducted impact evaluations of energy efficiency programs for electric and gas utilities throughout North America. He holds a PhD in economics from Boston College, a MS from the Pennsylvania State University, and a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Paul Papayoanou, PhD
Founding President, SGG
Paul Papayoanou developed and trademarked the practical application of game theory known as Strategic Gaming®, which he and his firm use to help large and small companies in oil and gas, electric power, alternative energy, financial services, high tech, manufacturing, and biotech and pharmaceuticals to develop business and negotiation strategies. He also employs decision analysis, real options, and war gaming tools, teaches Strategic Gaming® and game theory techniques to executives, and leads the firm’s unique capabilities in political risk assessment and its oil & gas practice. Papayoanou received a PhD from UCLA and for eight years was a professor at the University of California, San Diego and at Harvard University. He has also been a fellow of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. Papayoanou is the author of a book, Power Ties, and co-editor and contributor to New Games, a special issue of The Journal of Conflict Resolution. He has also written numerous articles that have appeared in scholarly journals and books, as well as business publications. In early 2010, he will publish Game Theory for Business: A Primer in the Strategic Gaming Process.
Dariush Rafinejad, PhD
Faculty, Presidio Graduate School; and Consulting Professor, Stanford University
Dariush Rafinejad is a faculty member at the Presidio Graduate School and teaches a course on Sustainable Products and Services. He is also a consulting associate professor at Stanford University and teaches a course on Sustainable Product Development and Manufacturing. For 25 years prior to academia, Rafinejad was a senior executive in the high-tech industries in Silicon Valley, California. He was a corporate vice president at Applied Materials and Lam Research which are both multi-billion dollar corporations. He is the founder of Blue Dome Consulting Company that provides product leadership and technology management services to high-tech executives worldwide. He has also been a member of the board of directors of several startup companies. Rafinejad has authored several papers and cases studies on sustainable product development and in 2007, published the book Innovation, Product Development and Commercialization. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and conducted post-doctoral research at Imperial College in London.
Lila Rasekh, PhD
Operations Research Analyst, Revenue Management, Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts
Operations Research Analyst, Revenue Management, Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts
Lila Rasekh holds a PhD degree in Management Science from HEC-Montreal and McGill University in Canada. She currently works in the Decision Science team of Revenue Management at Walt Disney World. Her work focuses on Hotel, Cruise, Golf Course and Merchandise revenue management at WDW. She is the author of book Advances in Linear Stochastic Programming, A Two Level Decomposition Principal via Central Dual Pricing.
Homie Razavi, MBA, PhD
Founder & Senior Partner, Kromite, LLC
Homie Razavi has over fifteen years of experience in the industry with over a decade of experience in decision analysis, project and portfolio evaluation/assessment. Prior to founding Kromite, he was in charge of the Portfolio Management and Valuation group at Pharmacia with responsibility for analyzing individual pipeline projects as well as the portfolio management processes. His team worked on over 80 projects, with an R&D spending of $2 billion annually, in a number of therapeutic areas: inflammation/ arthritis, oncology, ophthalmology, urology, CNS and anti-infective. At Searle Pharmaceuticals, he helped establish and lead the portfolio management activities in the Discovery organization with 30 projects worth over $30 billion. In addition, he was responsible for helping oncology and cardiovascular teams evaluate decisions and assess risk of different strategies. During his tenure at Kromite, Razavi has helped a broad spectrum of pharmaceutical companies with their portfolio processes, project assessments, and improvement of the quality and speed of their decision making through facilitated meetings. He has a broad management background, with experience in business and commercial development as well as R&D. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Colorado and an MBA from Washington University.
Deborah-Anna Reznek, MS, MBA, MEM
Project Manager, Strategic Planning & Modeling group, Hewlett-Packard Corporation
Deborah-Anna Reznek is a Analytical Business Consultant in Hewlett-Packard’s Strategic Planning and Modeling group. She draws on experience in supplier management, inventory policy setting, stochastic modeling, financial analysis, and project management. She has previously worked for Apple, Google, Deloitte, and T.A. Associates. Reznek holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, a Master’s of Engineering Management from Northwestern University, and a Master’s of Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University.
Germán Riaño, PhD
Strategic Operations Research Team Leader, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Latin American Operations
German Riaño, PhD is currently the leader for the Startegic Operations Research Team (SORTS) at Kimberly-Clark Latin America, and has been with the company since 2007. Prior to joining KC, he was a professor at Universidad de los Andes in his native Bogota. His research focuses on the interaction between stochastic models and optimization with particular emphasis in transportation and production planning models. Along with his students, he developed a stochastic modeling software library called jMarkov. Riano holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering and a MSc in Operations Research from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, and BSc titles in Physics and Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes.
Charles Rosa, PhD
Operations Research Principal, Con-way Freight
Charles Rosa is an Operations Research Principal at Con-way Freight. He has been with the company since August 2009 working on analytical models to support its strategic and operational decision making. Prior to joining Con-way Freight, he worked for a number of different companies developing OR based tools for revenue management, production and pricing optimization, combinatorial optimization based strategic sourcing, and transportation modeling (e.g., vehicle routing and fleet assignment optimization). Rosa received his PhD in Operations Research from the University of Michigan.
PhD Candidate, Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
Suriya Ruangpattana is a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University where he also works as a Graduate Research Assistant with State Utility Forecasting Group, Energy Center, Discovery Park. His research interests include development of mathematical models and methods to support decision making under uncertainty such as in public policy using optimization techniques and applied probability with applications to finance, risk management and operations research.
Sanjay Saigal, PhD
Sanjay Saigal currently runs Intechné, a analytic decision-support consultancy. Technically, he focuses on decision-making in ill-structured environments, be they be long-horizon, data-poor, or otherwise fuzzy. More broadly, Intechné actively consults with analytics technology start-ups on operational and strategic issues. Before founding Intechné, in a long tenure at ILOG Inc., Saigal oversaw new technology development for supply chain management, ran ILOG's influential optimization consulting practice, globalized the very profitable ILOG's telesales division, and sold and delivered some of the company’s highest-profile customer engagements. Prior to ILOG, he ran technology for the optimization software start-up Compass Modeling Solutions, which successfully exited the market in 1998 through acquisition. Before Compass, he was a staff consultant at Decision Focus Inc., a Silicon Valley consulting firm. In nearly two decades in "real world" analytics, Saigal has sampled all aspects of OR practice: research and development, sales and marketing, delivery, and entrepreneurship.
J. Sairamesh (Ramesh), PhD
CEO, 360Fresh Inc.
J. Sairamesh (Ramesh) is currently the CEO of 360Fresh Inc, where he drives the vision, strategy and development on analytics and services for Healthcare quality and safety. Previously he was a Manager and Program Leader for Business Solutions and Manufacturing Quality Research at IBM Watson Research, New York. He was one of the functional architects for IBM's e-business and e-Marketplace products. At IBM, from 2001 to 2007, he helped drive the vision and strategy for advanced business solutions on value-chain management, early warning systems for reducing warranty, and enterprise quality in manufacturing (automotive) for IBM. He has helped incubate and drive three commercial business solutions for IBM’s customers. Sairamesh has numerous US patents and over 50 research publications. He has won three outstanding innovation awards and a research division award for contributions to eCommerce, business solutions and Service Science and Management (SSME) at IBM. He received his MS, M. Phil.(1992), and Ph.D (1996) from EE and CS at Columbia University.
Rahul Saxena, MBA
Director, GSP Transformation & Operations, Cisco Advanced Services, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Rahul Saxena is the Director for Smart Global Delivery Transformation & Operations at Cisco Advanced Services. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, from IRIM&EE Jamalpur, and an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Saxena is spearheading the delivery of internal Analytics services at Cisco Advanced Services. Prior to assuming his current position, he held various positions at IBM, McAfee and the Indian Railways. Rahul has extensive speaking experience, most recently as a panel speaker at the INFORMS Annual Conference in San Diego 2009.
Research Fellow, MIT Sloan School of Management, Center for Digital Business
Michael Schrage is a research fellow at MIT Sloan School's Center for Digital Business and a senior advisor to MIT's Security Studies Program. He researches, writes and advises on the behavioral economics of iterative innovation. He is the author of Serious Play [Harvard Business School Press 2000] and the forthcoming Getting Beyond Ideas [John Wiley 2010]. Schrage has advised organizations ranging from Microsoft to Google to Procter & Gamble to Mars to BT to irise to Siemens on innovation issues. He blogs for the Harvard Business School site and has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CIO, strategy+business, Fortune and other publications.
Hugo Simão, PhD
Senior Operations Research Engineer, Princeton University
Hugo P. Simão obtained a bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering and a master's degree in Transportation Planning from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA), in São José dos Campos, Brazil. He also holds a PhD in Operations Research and Civil Engineering from Princeton University. Early in his postgraduate career, Simão taught basic computer programming and transportation planning courses at ITA in Brazil. Since 1990 he has worked at CASTLE Lab, in Princeton University, performing research and developing strategic, tactical, and operational planning systems in the areas of transportation, distribution, logistics, and supply-chain, for large companies in the truck, rail, and air industry. He has also taught courses on computer programming, basic probability and statistics, and resource and information management at the School of Engineering at Princeton.
Pramod Singh, PhD
Analytics Solutions Architect, Hewlett-Packard Corporation
Pramod Singh is the Senior Analytics Solutions Architect in Global Business Intelligence organization at Hewlett-Packard (HP), where he is responsible for development and deployment of analytical solutions. Before joining HP, Singh worked at Wal-Mart’s Information systems. At Wal-Mart, he designed and developed advanced assortment the planning system, a technology that revolutionized the store assortment practices for Wal-Mart. For more than a decade now, he has lead advanced analytics teams in areas of customer knowledge management, e- business and business intelligence at Hewlett-Packard. Singh has PhD in Mathematics from University of Arkansas and an MBA in Marketing from University of Jammu.
Sugje Sohn, PhD
Staff Operations Research Engineer, Intel
Sugje Sohn is Staff Operations Research Engineer within Intel’s Customer Fulfillment Logistics and Planning. He has been leading several major operations research based projects in the areas of supply chain and inventory optimization and production capacity planning and scheduling for over five years at Intel. He also has experience of the analytic business consulting for the capacity investment decision at Samsung’s wafer fabs. His expertise includes the technical leadership in the business process modeling, supply chain strategy, IT/OR solution architecture, inventory management, demand forecasting, capacity optimization and production velocity improvement. He holds PhD and MSIE in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Anand Srinivasan, MS
Founder and CEO, Dsquare Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Anand Srinivasan is the founder and CEO of Dsquare Solutions, a boutique analytics services and consulting firm. He holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MS (Industrial Engineering) from Purdue University. Prior to assuming his current position, Srinivasanheld various positions at Sabre Airline Solutions, Mu Sigma Business Solutions and Dell, all of them focused on building state of the art business analytics and optimization solutions. He has extensive speaking experience, most recently as a panel speaker at the IBM ROATA conference, New Delhi, 2009 and at several AGIFORS conferences.
Eric A. Stellwagen, BA
CEO and Co-Founder, Business Forecast Systems, Inc.; Director, International Institute of Forecasters
Eric Stellwagen is the CEO and co-founder of Business Forecast Systems, Inc., a market-leading firm focused on providing software solutions and education to business forecasters. He is the co-author of the Forecast Pro software product line which is currently in use at more than 35,000 companies worldwide. He consults widely in the area of practical business forecasting, spending 20-30 days a year presenting workshops on the subject, and has worked with many leading firms including Coca-Cola, Kraft, Merck, Nabisco, Owens-Corning and Verizon. Recognized as a leading educator in the field of business forecasting, Stellwagen has presented seminars and workshops under the aegis's of many groups including the Institute for Professional Education, the American Production and Inventory Control Society, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Tennessee, the Institute for Business Forecasting, the World Research Group, the International Institute of Research, the Electric Power Research Institute, the International Communications Forecasting Association and the International Institute of Forecasters. He has also served on the board of directors of the International Institute of Forecasters. Eric received his B.A. in Mathematics from Oberlin College in 1984 and has spent the last 25 years working in the field of business forecasting. Sponsored by International Institute of Forecasters.
Stan Uryasev, PhD
Professor, Risk Management and Financial Engineering Lab, University of Florida
Stan Uryasev at is director of the Risk Management and Financial Engineering Lab and director of the PhD Program with Concentration in Quantitative Finance at the University of Florida. His research is focused on efficient computer modeling and optimization techniques and their applications in finance and military projects. He has published three books (monograph and two edited volumes) and about 80 research papers. Uryasev is a co-inventor of the Conditional Value-at-Risk and the Conditional Drawdown-at-Risk optimization methodologies. He is the founder of American Optimal Decisions (AORDA.com) developing optimization software in risk management area: VaR, CVaR, Default Probability, Drawdown, Credit Risk minimization. Uryasev is a frequent speaker at academic and professional conferences. He has delivered seminars on the topics of risk management and stochastic optimization. He is on the editorial board of a number of research journals and is Editor Emeritus and Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Risk.
Chief, Decision and Risk Analysis Team, U.S. National Security Agency
Harold Wilson leads the Decision and Strategic Analysis Team within the Operations Research, Modeling and Simulation Group at NSA. Wilson has a BS in Mathematics from Randolph-Macon College, and an MS in Statistics from Virginia Tech. He worked as a statistical consultant for Martin Marietta Corporation, Versar, Inc., and Post, Buckley, Schuh, and Jernigan, before starting at NSA in 1997. Wilson leads a diverse team of professionals in the application of Operations Research methods to a wide range of problems at NSA.
Michael A. Zeimer, MS
Senior Engineer, Schneider National, Inc.
Michael Zeimer joined Schneider National in 1996, working primarily as a supply chain design consultant for external customers and then as an internal consultant in areas of transportation network design and process improvement. As a Senior Engineer, he has been responsible for creating a large portion of the tactical and strategic modeling infrastructure used regularly within the Engineering and Business Transformation group at Schneider National. Prior to joining Schneider National, he was a Senior Analyst in the O.R. group at Consolidated Freightways and was a Product Analyst for Manugistics. Zeimer holds an MS degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.