The Minority Issues Forum Reception: a hidden gem
For those of you who didn’t read my blog earlier, I did suggest that you go to the Minority Issues Forum Reception tonight. It is truly a hidden gem at the INFORMS conference not only for the good food (shrimp & scallop, lamb, and eggplant kabobs) and free alcoholic beverages, but also for the networking opportunities. You do NOT have to be a minority to go to this reception. The main goal of this reception is to provide minority students the opportunity to showcase their work through poster presentations. Hiram Moya from Texas A&M had an interesting poster on how to improve transportation flow across the Canadian and Mexican borders. This is an especially critical problem after 911 when security and queues have increased at the border, driving cost and wait time up.
For those of you that missed it, this was a great opportunity to see what talented minority students are working on. A friend of mine requested a resume from one of the students who is doing research very related to some work at the national labs and is hoping to line him up with an interview.
Keep this Reception in mind for next year!