Elea McDonnell Feit’s research focuses on leveraging customer data to make better product design and advertising decisions, particularly when data is incomplete, unmatched or aggregated. Much of her career has focused on developing new quantitative methods and bringing them into practice, first working in product design at General Motors, then commercializing new methods at the marketing analytics firm,The Modellers, and most recently as the Executive Director of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative, where she built the academic-industry partnership program. She brings a rich understanding of industry problems to her research, which has been published in top-tier journals including Management Science and the Journal of Marketing Research. She enjoys making analytics accessible to a broad audience and is active in several practitioner conferences including the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference and the AMA Advanced Research Techniques forum. She regularly teaches popular tutorials and workshops for practitioners on marketing experiments, marketing analytics in R, discrete choice modeling and hierarchical Bayes methods as well as undergraduate and MBA classes in data-driven digital marketing. She holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of Michigan, an MS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and a BA in Mathematics from University of Pennsylvania.
Schneider National, Inc.
Zahir Balaporia is responsible for the implementation of technology and related processes within the Intermodal division at Schneider National. Prior to moving into the Intermodal line of business, he led the Decision Engineering team within Schneider’s Corporate IT group. Over fifteen years of experience in supply chain analysis, business process design, and operations analysis. Before coming to Schneider, was Manager of Operations Research for a food ingredients manufacturing company. As Director, Supply Chain Engineering at Schneider Logistics, worked on a number of external consulting engagements that spanned a variety of industries and geographies, developing strategic network models to locate distribution facilities and evaluate competing distribution strategies. Served on the advisory council for this conference for the last five years, and served as the conference chair in 2009. Additional professional affiliations include the System Dynamics Society. Zahir holds an MS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and a BS in Computer Engineering from Clarkson University, and is currently pursuing an MS in System Dynamics at WPI (Distance Learning Program).
Inter Continental Hotels Group
Tudor Bodea is a Director of Revenue Optimization Innovation in the Distribution and Revenue Management Strategy Department at the InterContinental Hotels Group in Atlanta, GA. In his role, Tudor is responsible for the identification and exploitation of revenue/profit opportunities using research techniques from such study areas as operations research, economics and psychology. Tudor has published scientific papers in such journals as Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Transportation Research and Transportation. He is the co-author of the books Segmentation, Revenue Management and Pricing Analytics and Pricing Segmentation and Analytics. Tudor earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology with an emphasis on choice modeling, transportation systems, logistics and statistics. He holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.S. and B.S. in Transportation Systems from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Douglas Bowman is Professor of Marketing; McGreevy Term Chair; Co-Director, Emory Marketing Analytics Center; and, Senior Associate Dean for External Relations at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School where he teaches courses in Product & Brand Management and in Syndicated Data Analysis. An accomplished researcher in the quantitative aspects of marketing, Bowman is a past winner of Emory’s highest teaching honor, the Emory Williams Award (2013), and the Marc F. Adler Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2004), which honors teaching quality, course innovation and relevance to real-world problem solving in all Goizueta Business School programs over a 3-year period. He serves in a number of leadership roles related to his field of expertise outside the School including editorial board memberships on leading scholarly journals in marketing, past-president of the American Marketing Association’s Market Insights Council, and co-chair of the 2014 INFORMS Marketing Science Conference.
Aaron Burciaga, CAP, is an Advanced Analytics Senior Manager for Commercial Management Consulting at Accenture LLP – he leads Accenture’s Advanced Analytics Applications Platform in North America and is also the Global Defense Analytics Lead. Aaron is also Reserve Marine Officer supporting the CIO Headquarters Marine Corps-Pentagon. Technical interests are at the crossroads of advanced analytics, global logistics, and information management (“big data”). M.S. in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy.
Manoj Chari is Senior R&D Director for Operations Research in the Advanced Analytics Research & Development Division at SAS Institute in Cary, NC. His department is responsible for the development and support of the SAS/OR software product and it also provides specialized consulting services focused on OR modeling. His team also provides customized optimization and network analysis components for SAS machine learning, statistics and econometrics products as well as SAS industry solutions. Prior to joining SAS, he spent over a decade in academic research and teaching. Manoj has a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kean has over 20 years of global leadership and consulting experience in building research and cross-functional teams, processes, and practice. He specializes in advanced analytics, marketing and supply chain management, and organizational effectiveness. Kean currently serves as the director of strategic services at Phi Holdings, where he helps his internal and external clients address their business and organizational challenges using data driven insights and recommendations. Kean is most energized when meeting and networking with new people; it is very likely that he will connect with you at the conference. Kean received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Oregon.
Margery Connor, Chevron Fellow – Modeling and Analytics, has brought significant value to Chevron over her 27-year career by leveraging her expertise in optimization techniques, discrete event simulation and statistics and decision analysis. She is currently focusing on data science and big data applications. Margery represents Chevron on the INFORMS Round Table. She is CAP certified.
Walt Disney World
Dayana Cope leads the Advanced Analytics group at Walt Disney World. Her team focuses on providing analytical insight to solve operational challenges at the Disney Theme Parks and Resorts. Throughout her career, Dayana has spearheaded the inception and advancement of analytics efforts within global corporations in various industries. She obtained a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida with a focus in the area of Supply Chain Management and Simulation Modeling and Analysis. She currently serves as the INFORMS Roundtable representative for Disney.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF)
Pooja Dewan is the General Director of Decision Support Systems at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) where she leads the OR group for the past 9 years. In her 15 years with BNSF, Pooja has worked as an internal consultant for several groups, managed the OR group and lead 2 regional teams for Locomotive Distribution and Planning. She has been a member of INFORMS 1993 and RAS (INFORMS Railway Application Section) since 1999. Over the years, she has lead several initiatives that have touched upon all the activities conducted by RAS and INFORMS, and has been instrumental in sponsoring activities that help bridge the gap between practice and academia. Among the several leadership initiatives, the major ones include: RAS officer, organized RAS Workshop, RAS Newsletter Editor (2004-2013), RAS Student Paper Chair (2004-2008), Semi-finalist in Edelman (2009), Edelman Organizing Committee (2011-12), Edelman Judging Committee (2012-2013) Analytics Award Judge (2011-2013) and Analytics Award Committee Chair (2013). She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and is an author of several research publications that appeared in various scientific journals.
Old Dominion University and Innovative Decisions, Inc.
Old Dominion University and Innovative Decisions, Inc.
Barry Charles Ezell is Chief Scientist and research associate professor at Old Dominion University’s Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center and part-time consultant to Innovative Decisions, Inc. Barry has 26 years of experience in decision and risk analysis in the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with senior risk analysis expertise in terrorism risk, critical infrastructure vulnerability, and cyber risk to industrial control systems. His recent projects include providing risk and decision analytic support to the DHS National Biosurveillance Integration Center, Sandia National Labs, Defense Securty Service, DHS Network Security Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and decision support to inform Commonwealth of Virginia DHS Grant allocation.
Matt Fitch is a Decision Analysis Consultant with Chevron Corporation, where he has practiced for 7 years. Formerly an engineer at Boeing, he now focuses his practice on helping teams achieve high Decision Quality in the Health, Environment, Safety, and Social aspects relevant to R&D and Major Capital Projects through the application of Value-Focused Thinking and Multi-Objective DA. He is a member of the Decision Analysis Society and Society of Decision Professionals. His academic background includes engineering, operations research, and philosophy.
University of Maryland
Dr. Arnie Greenland is currently a faculty member at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He is recently retired from the IBM Corporation, where he was an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Technical Executive within the Global Business Services, Public Sector Practice. His career spanned more than 40 years in which he delivered advanced business analytics services for both public- and private-sector clients. His last position at IBM was as manager of AdvancedAnalytics and Optimization practice for the Public Sector. Most recently, his client work focused on applying data and text mining methods to fight fraud and other improper payments in the Federal space. In his more than 35 year consulting career, Arnie worked in a wide variety of analytical areas including operations research, statistics, data and text mining, algorithm development, survey research, and econometric modeling. He worked in a very broad collection of application areas including revenue and social services administration, healthcare, postal operations, transportation, defense, intelligence and homeland security. Arnie continues to be very active in member and volunteer within INFORMS. He was a member of the INFORMS Industry Roundtable for more than a decade and he has been a member of more than a dozen INFORMS meeting planning committees. Arnie was among the first 20 individuals to receive the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) certification from INFORMS, and he continues to work on the CAP committees. He also holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics.
Mani Janakiram is a Principal Engineer and a Director of Supply Chain Intelligence & Analytics at Intel Corporation. He has been with Intel for 15 years and has managed several strategic projects in factory operations, capacity planning, process control, analytics, strategy, supplier management, factory science and supply chain. In addition to his Hi-tech experience, his 25 years of experience includes Automotive and Aerospace industries. Prior to Intel, he worked at Honeywell and Motorola in operations, strategy, systems, analytics, manufacturing, research, planning, etc. Mani has two patents and has published 50+ papers on supply chain, statistical modeling, capacity modeling, data mining, factory operations research and process control. Mani is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, school of Business and also a visiting lecturer at MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics. Mani holds a PhD and M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Arizona State University, MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is a recognized Six Sigma Master Black Belt and also an APICS certified supply chain professional (CSCP).
University of Maryland
P. K. Kannan is the Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Marketing Science at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and he is the Chair of the Department of Marketing. His current research stream focuses on new product/service development, design and pricing digital products and product lines, marketing and product development on the Internet, e-service, and customer relationship management (CRM) and customer loyalty. His research has won the prestigious John Little Best Paper Award (2008) and the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science Practice Prize Award (2007). He serves on several editorial boards of journals. He has consulted for companies such as Frito-Lay, Pepsi Co, Giant Food, Black and Decker, SAIC, Fannie Mae, Marriott, and IBM.
Lisa Kart is a Research Director in the Data and Analytics team, focusing on data science and advanced analytics, including predictive and prescriptive analytics, machine learning, and optimization. She has more than 20 years of experience in applying advanced analytics to solve complex business problems.
Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Kart was with Fair Isaac Corp. (commonly known as FICO), where she was director of Product Management for FICO’s analytics products and services. Before her role in product management, she worked as an analytics consultant, helping financial services organizations optimize decisions across the customer life cycle. She was a key contributor to the development of FICO’s optimization offerings. Before FICO, Ms. Kart was a scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she analyzed risks and decisions for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Dr. Juergen Klenk is a Principal Scientist in Exponent’s Health Sciences Center for Epidemiology and Computational Biology. A mathematician by training, Dr. Klenk has extensive experience in applying advanced analytics techniques to health outcomes research, health care quality, pharmacovigilance, compliance, disease surveillance, clinical trials modeling and simulation, and business process optimization. He has over 25 years of professional experience supporting the pharmaceutical, biotech, and health care provider industry, as well as government organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). His work is focused on Big Data strategies, developing innovative analytic techniques, mathematical and statistical models, and simulations for data-driven analysis and decision support.
Since retiring from the Army as an associate professor at the US Military Academy, Bill Kimack worked as a consultant for the government, oil and gas, not-for-profit, and pharmaceutical sectors. Bill joined Chevron in 2012 as a decision analyst.
Maher Lahmar is an Analytics Leader with more than 10 years’ experience helping clients optimize marketing, merchandising, and supply chain decisions. He currently leads the agile design and development of data-driven, customer-centric, omnichannel assortment and pricing capabilities at Walmart and manages the Test and Learn teams for Walmart and Sam’s Club. Prior to Walmart, he directed a variety of data science initiatives at Target Inc. and lead the testing of novel analytical solutions across the organization. Before joining Target, he worked at PROS where he lead B2B price optimization and segmentation projects for Fortune 500 manufacturing, processing, and distribution companies. He also held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota and the University of Houston and served as a member of the Technical Research Committee at TxDOT. Lahmar received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science in OR from Bilkent University, Turkey.
Innovative Decisions, Inc.
Freeman Marvin has over 25 years of experience as a decision analyst, group facilitator, and process consultant in the Federal government sector. His expertise is in the integration and application of organizational development, operations research, and electronic collaboration technologies. He has facilitated numerous decision conferences and electronic meetings, developed decision models using a variety of software, and taught courses on group decision support for traditional facilitators, managers, and analysts. Freeman is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) with The International Association of Facilitators. He is a co-developer of the Soft Skills Workshop: Real-world Skills for Decision Analysts and OR/MS Professionals held at the INFORMS Analytics Conference for the past five years. This workshop teaches knowledge and skills in using the “soft skills” needed to work with people to employ the techniques of operations research and management science. Freeman has worked as an operations research analyst for Rockwell International and Decision Science Consortium, and was a senior member of the technical staff for Northrop-Grumman TASC, a systems engineering and professional services company. He holds a Master in Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
The Kroger Company
Polly Mitchell-Guthrie is the Senior Manager of the Advanced Analytics Customer Liaison Group in SAS. Research and Development Division, where her team serves as a bridge between R&D and external customers and internal SAS divisions. Previously she was Director of the SAS Global Academic Program, leading SAS. outreach to colleges and universities worldwide to incorporate SAS into their teaching.
Polly began her career at SAS in Strategic Investments and later served in Alliances, after working in the nonprofit sector in philanthropy and social services. She is an active member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), including serving as Chair of the Analytics Certification Board and Secretary of the Analytics Section.
In addition, Polly is the Chair of the Self-Help Ventures Fund, part of the largest community development financial institution in the country (with over $1 billion in assets), that provides financing, technical support, consumer financial services and advocacy for those left out of the economic mainstream. She has an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received her BA in political science as a Morehead Scholar.
Tarun Mohan Lal is the Principal for Clinic Operations Redesign and Analytics at Mayo Clinic. In this role, Tarun manages a team responsible for using operations research and advanced analytics methodologies to solve a broad range of strategic, tactical and operational business problems within the outpatient clinic practices of Mayo Clinic. Tarun has experience working on several OR/MS/analytics projects across industries. He is an active member of INFORMS and has supported/led several initiatives including two consecutive terms as the Treasurer for Analytics section, Chair for analytics clusters at annual and analytics conference, SAS Student Analytics competition Judge, founding member of the Health Application Society Practitioner committee, industry- academic task force, CAP examination writing committee and CAP Masters in Analytics Program committee to name a few. Tarun has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Manipal University, India, and an M.S. in Industrial engineering from Texas A&M University. He will be graduating with a doctorate in Operations Research in Healthcare from State University of New York.
Scott Nestler, PhD, CAP is an Associate Professional Specialist (teaching faculty member) with the Department of Management, Mendoza College of Business, at the University of Notre Dame. Previously, he served as an operations research analyst in the U.S. Army, to include teaching at the Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Nestler has a Ph.D. in management science from the University of Maryland – College Park, a Masters in strategic studies from the Army War College, a M.S. in applied mathematics from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.S. in civil engineering from Lehigh University. He is Vice-Chair of the INFORMS Analytics Certification Board (ACB), which oversees the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) program and also the Vice-Chair for Programs of the INFORMS SpORts (Operations Research in Sports) Section.
University Of South Carolina
Dr. Pelin Pekgün is an assistant professor of management science in the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. She was formerly a visiting assistant professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include applications of management science and operations research in pricing and revenue management, supply chain management, and marketing/operations interface. Prior to joining academia, she served as the Manager of Analytical Services in JDA Software’s Pricing and Revenue Management Group leading the operations research team in North America for six years in various projects in retail, hospitality, passenger travel and other leisure industries. Her work with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and JDA on stay night price optimization became a finalist for the 2012 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award and the 2013 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Practice Award. Dr. Pekgün holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Dan is the Chief Analytics Officer and co-founding member of BlueLabs. He is an expert at building individual level predictive models that leverage the best available data to guide organizations’ resource allocation and guide program implementation. Dan served as the Director of Statistical Modeling of the Obama 2012 campaign. His team developed individual level statistical models that were used throughout the campaign for fundraising, media buying and state strategy. Dan is an industry recognized expert in the emerging field of persuasion (uplift) modeling and is a frequent presenter on this subject at conferences such as Predictive Analytics World. Outside of (and sometimes inside of) work, he’s usually checking Yankees’ stats or animatedly likening events of the week to his favorite Seinfeld episodes.
North Carolina State University
Dr. Michael Rappa is the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics and a professor in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. As head of the Institute, he leads the nation’s first and preeminent Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) as its principal architect. The MSA is an intensive one-year professional degree that blends computer science, statistics, applied mathematics and business disciplines into an innovative education focused on the analysis of very large amounts of data. Prior to joining NC State as Distinguished University Professor in 1998, for nine years he was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rappa graduated with honors from Union College and soon thereafter began his teaching career at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a doctorate in 1987.
Jennifer Schilling is the Statistician at Communicus, an advertising research firm based in Tucson, Arizona. She develops analytical and predictive models to provide insights into marketing campaigns and brand performance. Prior to working at Communicus, Jennifer was an Operations Research Engineer at Intel where she developed optimization and simulation models to enable supply chain success. She holds a Masters of Science in Computational Operations Research and a Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science, both from the College of William and Mary.
David A. Schweidel is Associate Professor of Marketing and Co-Director of Emory Marketing Analytics Center (EmoryMAC) at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University. Schweidel is an expert in the areas of customer relationship management and marketing intelligence. His research focuses on the development and application of statistical models to understand customer behavior and inform managerial decisions. His research has appeared in leading business journals including Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science and Management Science. Schweidel received his B.A. in mathematics, M.A. in statistics, and Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Pennsylvania.
The MITRE Corporation
Les Servi s a Group Leader for a Decision Analysis group at The MITRE Corporation. At MITRE he contributed to a diversity of areas including the analysis of social media and portfolio analysis. In addition he is a technical advisor to some government programs to help select, monitor, and/or make recommendations to redirect recipients of government funding. He is currently working on starting a new Social Media Analysis subdivision of INFORMS and is currently the Boston INFORMS chair. He is a former member of a Defense Science Board task force, a former member of the Board of Directors of INFORMS for 6 years, a former chair of the Applied Probability subdivision and the Telecommunication subdivision and is a Fellow of INFORMS. He has been an editor of Operations Research, Management Science, and INFORMS Journal on Computing. He previously worked at Bell Laboratories and GTE (now Verizon) Laboratories pursuing telecommunication research, served as a visiting scientist at Harvard University and MIT, and worked at MIT Lincoln Lab in the areas of military communication and ISR. He has an extensive publication record with five papers having more than 20 citations and was awarded 10 patents as a result of his operations research analysis. He earned an Sc.B and Sc.M. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and an M.S. and Ph. D. from Harvard University.
Altiera Client Services
Tom Siems is assistant vice president and senior economist in the Financial Institution Relationship Management Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In this capacity, he partners with economists at the Fed to gather information on emerging trends and policy issues of interest to financial institutions in Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico. He also oversees economic outreach efforts that provide additional opportunities to listen and learn from the regions’ constituents.
Siems teaches operations research and management science courses in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University and is the Lyle School’s chief engineering economist. Siems earned a BSE in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and an MS and PhD in operations research from SMU. He is also a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Public Finance Institute, the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Banking , SMU’s Graduate Marketing Certificate program, University of Virginia’s Darden Executive Education program and Harvard University’s Leadership Development program.
Siems has published more than 60 articles in various academic journals, books and Federal Reserve publications and is the National Association for Business Economics’ only two-time winner of the Edmund A. Mennis Contributed Paper Award. His work has received extensive attention from leading publications, including Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, American Banker and Investor’s Business Daily. In 2015, he delivered his first TEDx Talk at SMU on “The Wealth of Innovations.” Siems has also authored five children’s picture books, including his newest release in 2009, The Dangerous Pet, which poetically challenges the way the next generation thinks about debt.
Altria Client Services
Sudharshana leverages prescriptive analytical tools to model real-world dynamic systems that drive business decisions. She is motivated by the applicability of the research problems she pursues and has a key role at Altria in providing actionable insights and improving process efficiencies. Her core expertise lies in developing solutions for scheduling problems found in the consumer packaged goods industry. She is also actively involved with the Women in Operations Research forum and was awarded the opportunity to participate in the prestigious Richard E. Rosenthal Early Career Connection program at the 2015 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference. She holds a PhD in Systems Modeling and Analysis from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BE in Computer Science and Engineering from Anna University in Chennai, India. In the time between modeling and writing about herself in third person, Sudharshana loves to travel, read, and sip on chai.
David Steier is a Director in Deloitte Analytics for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s U.S. Human Capital Practice and is Deloitte’s Technology Black Belt for Unstructured Analytics. Using advanced analytic and visualization techniques, including predictive modeling, social network analysis, and text mining, David and his team of quantitative specialists help clients across a variety of industries to solve some of their most complex technical problems.
Prior to joining Deloitte, David was Director of Research at the Center for Advanced Research at PwC, and was a Managing Director at Scient, an e-business services consultancy. David has also authored numerous publications and presentations in applications of advanced technology, including two books, and many journal papers, conference papers and workshop presentations. David received his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He is an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon as well as University of California Berkeley, teaching a course on Managing Analytics Projects.
Alan Taber is from Moorestown, NJ where he is a member of the Surface Systems Chief Engineer group at Lockheed Martin. He has seventeen years of experience, two years at the Skunk Works followed by fifteen years at MST in a variety of increasingly responsible roles, including time in software project management, combat system engineering, and renewable energy. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford, a master’s in System Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Rutgers-Camden in International Business. He participated in the 2008 INFORMS Professional Colloquium, is co-chair of the CAP Study Guide Committee and study guide editor, and has served as co-chair of the Analytics Conference Poster Session since 2012 and as the INFORMS Professional Colloquium (IPC) chair since 2015.
Dr. Aurelie Thiele is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Operations Research Center at MIT and an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Lehigh University. She works on decision-making under high uncertainty, currently applying robust optimization to healthcare finance problems. Her doctoral students have gone on to successful careers at American Airlines, Capital One, Ernst and Young, IBM, Marriott International, Amazon.com and JP Morgan, where their skills in analytics, robust optimization and risk management have been in high demand. The recipient of an IBM Faculty Award, the first prize in the George E. Nicholson paper competition, a Lehigh Faculty Innovation Grant and multiple National Science Foundation grants, she holds a PhD and a MS from MIT as well as a diplome d’ingenieur from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris in France, and is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional.
Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
Miguel F. Anjos is Full Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Mathematics & Industrial Engineering of Polytechnique Montreal. His research interests are in the theory, algorithms and applications of mathematical optimization. He is particularly interested in the application of optimization to problems in power systems, including electricity market models, unit commitment, capacity expansion, and demand response. He is Editor-in-Chief of Optimization and Engineering and serves on the editorial boards of several other scientific journals.
Professor Anjos is the Founding Director of Polytechnique’s Trottier Institute for Energy. The Institute is concerned with promoting sustainable solutions to secure the future of energy in Québec, Canada and the world, as well as awareness-raising and public information about these issues. He served as Expert Advisor to the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec for its brief submitted to the Commission sur les enjeux énergétiques du Québec in 2013. He currently serves as Expert Reviewer for the Trottier Energy Futures Project.
Professor Anjos sits on the Mitacs Research Council, and recently completed three-year terms as Program Director for the SIAM Activity Group on Optimization, Vice-Chair of the INFORMS Optimization Society, and Member-at-Large of the Council of the Mathematical Optimization Society. He received the Méritas Teaching Award from Ecole Polytechnique in 2012. He was awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers in 2009, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant contributions to mathematical optimization and its industrial applications. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
University of Connecticut
Sudip Bhattacharjee is an Associate Professor in the School of Business, University of Connecticut. He is also Visiting Professor at GE Global Research Center, USA and EM Lyon School of Business, France. He has previously served as the Assistant Dept. Head of Operations and Information Management, and as the Executive Director of MBA Programs in the School of Business. His research interests include information systems economics, energy informatics, digital goods and markets, data analytics in IT and operations, and closed loop supply chains. His research has appeared in premier journals such as Management Science, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Journal of Business, Journal of Law and Economics, ACM Transactions, Journal of Management Information Systems, IEEE Transactions, and other leading peer-reviewed publications. He serves or has served as Associate Editor for Information Systems Research, guest AE for MIS Quarterly and Decision Sciences Journal, and in prestigious committees such as INFORMS Edelman Award, INFORMS Selects, and various conferences and workshops. He co-chaired CIST 2014 (Conference on Information Systems and Technology) Review Coordinator, WITS 2015 (Workshop on Information Technology and Systems), and Doctoral Consortium Co-Chair, AMCIS 2017. He has extensive research consulting experience with Fortune 100 firms on big data-driven decision making in IT and operations. He teaches a semester-long live data analytics graduate course in partnership with private/govt. organizations. His research has been highlighted in various media outlets such as Business Week, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Der Spiegel, Christian Science Monitor, slashdot.org, Business 2.0 Web Guide, and others.
Cindy de Groot leads the North American Consulting business for ORTEC. At ORTEC Consulting (a business division of ORTEC) we believe that Advanced Analytics & Optimization is key for companies to innovate and outperform. Her team of highly skilled operations research consultants, engineers and data scientists use their in-depth experience in advanced analytics to support many industries to solve strategic, tactical and operational challenges. Cindy holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Business, Mathematics & Computer Science, is a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) and a Certified Supply Chain Professional (APICS SCOR). Combining her business, mathematics and IT knowledge she has delivered many successful projects delivering tailor made optimization models and technology, as well as consulting projects for all levels of analytic maturity in various industries. Her domain experience ranges from Supply Chains, Resource Planning and Forecasting to Pricing, e-Commerce and Big Data.
Diego Klabjan is a professor of industrial engineering and management sciences at Northwestern University and director of the Master of Science in Analytics Program. His research is centered around analytics with the focus on the smart grid, transportation, supply chain management and retail. After obtaining his doctorate from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999, Klabjan first joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before moving to Northwestern University. He is the recipient of the first prize of the 2000 Transportation Science Dissertation Award and he received various other awards with graduate students. He is a former president of the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Aviation Applications Section. He is an associate editor for Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, and two areas in Operations Research. Klabjan is the director of the Master of Science in Analytics.
The Boeing Company
Leonhardi has more than 35 years of aerospace experience and has served in a variety of positions within multiple Boeing organizations including Developmental Manufacturing, Airplane Production, Product Development and Marketing . In his current role, Leonhardi leads cross organizational strategy development activities associated with Future Airplane Product Lines and Production Systems, Collaborative Business Relationships, New Business Development Opportunities and Sustainability Strategies. Along with working at Boeing, David serves on the Conference Committee for the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research, is a member of the INFORMS Decision Analysis Society and is a Fellow in the Society for Decision Professionals.
Doug is currently responsible for managing the development of Advanced Analytics for both surface and air transportation for UPS. Doug has worked for UPS for 30 years and has held various assignments including job setup, process improvement, advanced analytics, and has performed both tactical and strategic network planning. Doug has been a member of INFORMS since 1988 and has been a member of Selects Committee since 2010. Doug has a BS in Industrial Engineering & Management from North Dakota State University and an MS in Operations Research from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
University of Arkansas
Edward A. Pohl is a Professor and holder of the 21st Professorship in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas. Prior to his appointment as Department Head, Ed served as the Director of the Operations Management Program, the largest graduate program at the University of Arkansas. Ed currently serves as Director of the Center for Innovation in Healthcare Logistics (CIHL), Co-Director for the Emerging Institute for Advanced Data and Analytics at the University of Arkansas and the Director of Distance Education in the College of Engineering. He has participated and led several reliability, risk and supply chain related research efforts at the University of Arkansas. Before coming to Arkansas, Ed spent twenty years in the United States Air Force where he served in a variety of engineering, analysis and academic positions during his career. Previous assignments include the Deputy Director of the Operations Research Center at the United States Military Academy, Operations Analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he performed independent cost schedule, performance and risk assessments on Major DoD acquisition programs, and as a munitions logistics manager at the Air Force Operational Test Center. Ed received his Ph.D. in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona. He holds a M.S. in Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and M.S. in Reliability Engineering from the University of Arizona, an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Dayton, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University. His primary research interests are in reliability, engineering optimization, supply chain risk analysis, decision making, and quality. Ed is a Fellow of IIE, and a Senior Member of IEEE and ASQ, a member of ASEM, and INCOSE.
Hugo P. Simão is a senior staff member at PENSA Laboratory, in Princeton University. He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University, and a M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA), Brazil. He has worked on research and the development of large-scale resource planning systems in the areas of transportation, distribution, logistics, supply-chain, and energy. He has also lectured at the School of Engineering in Princeton.
Northeastern University, D’Amore-McKim School of Business; INFORMS Fellow
Marius M. Solomon is Professor in the Supply Chain & Information Management Group of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University located in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his PhD in Decision Sciences from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Solomon has research and consulting interests in the development and implementation of design, planning and execution methodologies leading to improved supply chain agility, reverse logistics and sustainability in the supply chain. He has focused on the development of optimization approaches for time sensitive aspects of supply chains that benefit a variety of industrial, public and service sectors and more recently on reverse logistics and sustainability in the supply chain. Professor Solomon has published numerous papers dealing with time constrained vehicle fleet planning, routing and crew scheduling, forward and reverse supply chain design, and also the management of technologically advanced manufacturing and warehousing systems. He is also the developer of the benchmark problem set for vehicle routing with time windows. Professor Solomon was Chair of the Sections and Societies Subcommittee and a member of the Subdivisions Committee of INFORMS. He is also past President of the Transportation Science and Logistics Society of INFORMS. Professor Solomon serves as Associate Editor of Transportation Science, and has held the same position at Operations Research. He has served as a visiting professor at H.E.C. Montreal, the Center for Research in Decision Sciences, GERAD, Montreal, and the Center for Research on Transportation, CRT, Montreal.
Paul Wicker has 30 years of business experience in the Chemicals and Downstream Oil & Gas industries. As a Senior Consultant with Decision Strategies, Inc., he brings to his clients a broad base of expertise from his varied career within Texaco and Chevron. He has business knowledge in Marketing & Sales, Operations, and Product Technology. Paul has had extensive experience in working with teams to develop successful results. He has expertise in the decision analysis process/tools as well as in stochastic modeling and expert interviewing. Mr. Wicker has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. He spent 22 years with Texaco and ChevronTexaco in a variety of engineering, technical, management, sales, and marketing positions. He joined Decision Strategies, Inc. in 2004.
Jim Williams is a Principal Consultant with FICO’s Xpress Optimization team. He has 32 years of experience as an analytics consultant and supply chain manager. His role is to help organizations understand the potential of applying optimization methods to help solve tough business problems in short order. This can take form as diagnosing opportunities to help solve their problems, demonstrating capabilities with their data, and framing up training and/or development efforts. Prior to FICO, Jim led the Advanced Analytics team at Land O’Lakes, solving supply chain challenges in planning, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution.
Jim has been a member of TIMS and INFORMS since 1983, and a Roundtable representative since 2006. He has served on the INFORMS Membership Committee, the Analytics Maturity Model Committee, the Meetings Committee, and the Analytics Conference Advisory Committee. He served as general chair for the 2013 Analytics Conference. He is currently serving as President-Elect of the INFORMS Analytics Section.
Jim received a MS degree in Forestry with Operations Research concentration, from the University of Minnesota. He also holds the Certified Analytics Professional credential.