General Chair

Jack Kloeber

Principal at Kromite, LLC

Jack Kloeber is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with experience in R&D portfolio management, decision analysis, modeling and simulation, technology selection, and strategy development. Jack taught mathematics at West Point for three years, and graduate level decision analysis, systems simulation, and technology selection for six years at the Air Force Institute of Technology. His work has supported decisions for various superfund sites within the Department of Energy, and many technology organizations within the Departments of Army, Air Force, and Navy.

After retiring from the U.S. Army, Jack was the head of Portfolio Management for Bristol-Myers Squibb, and more recently, head of Portfolio Management for J&J Pharma Services where he coordinated the portfolio management efforts across multiple R&D and marketing operating companies.

Jack became a Senior Partner at KROMITE for 5 years and now 7 years as KROMITE’s Principal. Jack led the consulting team who supported Syngenta and was a member of the Edelman Award winning team in 2015.

He received his PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology and MSIE and BSIE from Lehigh University.

Jack is a Past-President and Fellow of the Society of Decision Professionals, a member of the Decisions Analysis Society, and a 25-year member of INFORMS.

Organizing Committee

  • Joining the FICO team in 2015, Zahir helps clients design solutions for their advanced analytics needs, with a focus on optimization, analytics deployment and change management. He brings 20 years of experience in manufacturing, transportation, logistics and IT, having recently led the advanced analytics team within a $4B company. His work was profiled in the book Only Humans Need Apply – Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines by Tom Davenport and Julia Kirby. Zahir has a BS in Computer Engineering, an MS in Industrial Engineering, and an MS in System Dynamics.

  • 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.

    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.

  • Samuel K. Eldersveld received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Stanford University in 1992 working in the Systems Optimization Laboratory. Sam is currently the Director of Data Science for Amazon’s North America’s Supply Chain. Previously, Sam worked as a Mathematician for Boeing and managed O.R. teams at Expedia, Starbucks and Amazon where he was a Principal Research Scientist. Sam also spent a year leading OR data science teams for Uber Technologies Inc. He is a professional member of ACM, ASA, MOS, SIAM and INFORMS. Sam was affiliated with the University of Washington Foster School of Business as an Auxiliary Faculty member in the Operations Management Department.

  • Elea McDonnell Feit is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Drexel University and a Senior Fellow of Marketing at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 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 enjoys making analytics and statistics accessible to a broad audience and has recently co-authored a book o R for Marketing Research and Analytics with Chris Chapman.  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.

  • Dr. Arnie Greenland is currently a faculty member at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland where he teaches courses in Business Analytics. He retired in 2014 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 Advanced Analytics and Optimization practice for the Public Sector. In the last years at IBM, 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.  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).

  • James Lemieux is a seasoned marketing analytics professional with over 13 years of hands-on experience applying advanced statistics and econometrics models for clients in hospitality, direct marketing, credit risk, logistics, and high technology.

    James has technical modeling skills in pricing, revenue management, promotion, marketing mix, consumer choice, sales response, forecasting, segmentation, customer lifetime value; additional, technical skills in software development (SAS, R, SQL), text analytics, surveys, market research, and experimental design.

  • 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.

  • 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 organization 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. 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.

  • Scott Nestler, PhD, CAP is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of IT, Analytics and Operations, within the 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. He is the currently the Vice-Chair for Programs of the INFORMS SpORts (Operations Research in Sports) Section and has served as the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Analytics Certification Board.

  • Dr. Pelin Pekgün is an assistant professor of management science in the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. 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 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 2013 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Practice Award. She currently serves as a member of the Franz Edelman Award Committee, the Council of the INFORMS Section on Practice, and as an editorial board member and associate editor for Interfaces. 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.

  • Dr. Edward A. Pohl is Head of the Industrial Engineering Department, Professor and holder of the 21st Century Professorship of Engineering at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Pohl also serves as the Director of the Center for Innovation in Healthcare Logistics and former Co-Director of the emerging Institute for Advanced Data Analytics. Before coming to Arkansas, Dr. Pohl spent 21 years in the United States Air Force where he served in a variety of engineering, operations, analysis, and academic positions during his career. Dr. Pohl is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, a Fellow of the Society of Reliability Engineers, a Diplomate in the Society for Health Systems and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of INFORMS, INCOSE, ASEM and ASQ.  Dr. Pohl’s research interests are in risk, reliability, engineering optimization, supply chain risk analysis, healthcare logistics, decision making and quality. He has published more than 100 refereed articles and given more than 100 presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Pohl is an Associate Editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transaction on Reliability, the Journal of Risk and Reliability, and the Journal of Military Operations Research.

  • Les Servi is 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 two Defense Science Board task forces, 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.

  • Margi holds a BSE in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a MBA from SMU, originally joining American Airlines in 1989. After significant contributions in Operations Engineering and Fleet Planning, Margi took a break from American Airlines, spending a good amount of that time at Tektronix Communications where she optimized processes, programs, and products in Business Operations and Product/Portfolio Management. Margi returned to American Airlines as a Manager in Tech Ops Supply Chain Performance and recently moved over to managing a team of Senior Project Managers in Tech Ops.

  • Ms. Tohamy is a Vice President & Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, Inc. She helps organizations build strong supply chain analytics competency to support the digital transformation. This spans identifying the strategy and roadmap, organizational structure, and talent requirements. She advices organizations on how to adopt leading-edge analytics technologies to optimize supply chain performance.  Ms. Tohamy has written extensively about best in class supply chains, successful adoption of advanced technologies and the evolution of digital supply chains. For over 20 years, she has helped organizations improve their supply chain performance through process redesign, talent development and technology adoption. She has been a frequent speaker at global Gartner events, MIT Sloan School of Management, Georgia Tech’s Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, APICS and Informs. Ms. Tohamy received her B.S., with high honors, in Mathematics from Emory University and her Masters in Operations Research from Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • Andrew is a Manager in the Data Science practice with Deloitte Consulting. Andrew specializes in development and validation of valuation, risk, and regulatory models for financial institutions. Specific project experience includes applications in retail and wholesale credit risk (PD, LGD, and EAD models for CCAR), correlation trading portfolios (IRC and CRM for Basel), asset-backed securities (mortgage prepayments), and counterparty credit risk. 

    Prior to joining Deloitte, Andrew completed his PhD in the department of statistics at Harvard.