Organizing Committee

Zahir Balaporia<br /> <i>Schneider National, Inc.</i>

Director, Intermodal Operations
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).

Tudor Bodea<br /> InterContinental Hotels Group

Manager, Revenue Optimization
InterContinental Hotels Group

Tudor Bodea is a Director of Revenue Optimization Innovation in the Global Revenue & Property Based Systems Department at the InterContinental Hotels Group in Atlanta, GA. In his role, Tudor is responsible for the design and implementation of decision support systems that reflect the recent developments in 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.

Doug Bowman<br /> Emory University

Professor, Marketing and Area Coordinator Marketing
Emory University

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<br /> Accenture

Senior Manager, Supply Chain Analytics and Management Consulting

Certified Analytics Professional (CAP). Senior Manager, Management Consulting-Accenture Advanced Analytics practice. My technical interests and expertise are at the crossroads of advanced analytics, global logistics, and information management (“big data”). I have over eleven years of experience ranging from the optimization of transportation, fulfillment operations, and services to developing and leading C-level analysis programs for Commercial, Federal, and DoD executives. I have led operations to develop enterprise strategies in data analytics, inventory management, requirements forecasting, maintenance planning, transportation networks, energy planning, personnel management, hazardous material management, risk management, safety programming, and organizational analytics maturity assessments. I hold a M.S. degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy. I am a veteran of the Iraq War (Fallujah, Operation Iraqi Freedom) and am a Major in the US Marine Corps Reserves supporting CIO at Headquarters Marine Corps-Pentagon.

Manoj Chari<br /> SAS

2015 Conference Chair
Senior Director, Advanced Analytics R&D


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 development and support of the SAS/OR product which comprises tools for optimization, discrete event simulation and project management. It also supports specialized OR based routines for SAS customer intelligence, supply chain and industry-specific solutions for retail and financial services. A recent addition to the department is the Advanced Analytics and Optimization Services group which supports customer engagements with advanced OR modeling and algorithmic expertise. Prior to joining SAS, he was an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Louisiana State University. He has also held visiting positions at University of Waterloo, Technical University of Berlin, and the Indian Institute of Science. Manoj has a Ph.D. in operations research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kean Chew<br /> NORC, University of Chicago

Associate Director, Statistics and Methodology
NORC, University of Chicago

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 advanced analytics practice lead at the Halverson Group, where he partners with business vertical leads to help their 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<br /> Chevron

Senior Operations Researcher, Advanced Analytics

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.

Dayana Cope<br /> Walt Disney World

Manager, Operations Research
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.

Pooja Dewan<br /> Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF)

General Director, Decision Support Systems
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.

Elea Feit<br /> Drexel University

Assistant Professor of Marketing
LeBow College of Business
Drexel University

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.

Arnie Greenland<br /> University of Maryland

Professor of the Practice
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<br /> Intel Corporation

Director, Supply Chain Intelligence & Analytics
Intel Corporation

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).

PK Kannan<br /> University of Maryland

Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Marketing Science
Chair, Department of Marketing
Robert H. Smith School of Business
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.

Juergen Klenk<br /> Exponent, Inc.

Principal Scientist
Exponent, Inc.

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.

Bill Klimack<br /> Chevron

Manager, Decision Analysis Consulting

Since retiring from the Army as an associate professor at the US Military Academy, I worked as a consultant for the government, oil and gas, not-for-profit, and pharmaceutical sectors.  I joined Chevron in 2012 as a decision analyst.

Maher Lahmar<br /> Walmart

Director, Science Solutions, Global Customer Insights and Analytics
Walmart, Bentonville, AR

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.

Janusz Marecki<br /> IBM Watson Research

Cognitive Computing
IBM Watson Research

Freeman Marvin<br /> Innovative Decisions, Inc.

Vice President & Executive Principal Analyst
Innovative Decisions, Inc.

Freeman 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.

Robert Migliara<br /> The Kroger Company

Operations Research Analyst
The Kroger Company

Tarun Mohan Lal<br /> Mayo Clinic

Senior Health Services Analyst
Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery
Mayo Clinic

Tarun Mohan Lal is a Senior Health Services Analyst within the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery at Mayo Clinic. His interests and expertize are in the application of advanced analytics and operations research to improve care delivery and patient experience.  During his time at Mayo Clinic, has worked on several strategic projects related to outpatient practice redesign, population management, and was also heavily  involved in developing business plan for enhancing operations research infrastructure within the institution.  Tarun is an active member of INFORMS and supported/led several initiatives including Treasurer for Analytics section, SAS Student Analytics competition Judge, Analytics Cluster Chair, Health Application Society Practitioner committee, 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 is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Operations Research in healthcare from State University of New York.

Pelin Pekgün, Ph.D.<br /> University Of South Carolina

Assistant Professor
Moore School Of Business
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.

Michael Rappa<br /> North Carolina State University

Director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics
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.

Harrison Schramm<br /> US Navy

Operations Research Analyst and Campaign Analysis Deputy
US Navy Headquarters Assessment Division (OPNAV N81)

Commander Harrison Schramm, USN is an Operations Research Analyst and Campaign Analysis Deputy at the Navy’s Headquarters Assessment Division (OPNAV N81). Previously, he taught in the Operations Research Department at the Naval Postgraduate School. His research interests are epidemiology and aviation applications. Before specializing in OR, he served as a search-and-rescue and logistics helicopter pilot in squadrons based in Norfolk, Guam, and Bahrain. Harrison has an MS in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and A BS in Electrical Engineering from the US Naval Academy. He is a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) and writes the “Five Minute Analyst” column for ANALYTICS magazine. In addition to his interests in INFORMS, he serves as Vice President for Member and Societal Services for the Military Operations Research Society (MORS).

David Schweidel<br /> Emory University

Associate Professor of Marketing
Goizueta Business School
Emory University

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.

Les Servi<br /> The MITRE Corporation

Group Leader, Decision Analytics
The MITRE Corporation

Les 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 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.

David Steier<br /> Deloitte Consulting

Deloitte Consulting

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, a dozen journal papers, conference papers and workshop presentations. David received his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, where he is an adjunct faculty member teaching a course on Managing Analytics Projects

Alan Taber<br /> Surface Systems

Alan Taber is from Moorestown, NJ where he is a member of the Surface Systems Chief Engineer group. He has sixteen years of experience, two years at the Skunk Works followed by fourteen 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. Research and practice areas include stochastic modeling of renewable energy power plants and electrical grid interaction and software defect prediction. INFORMS Service includes being SPRIG Secretary & Treasurer 2011-2013, INFORMS Professional Colloquium Committee 2009-2015, INFORMS Analytics Conference Poster Session co-chair 2012-2015, Philadelphia Chapter Vice President 2014-2015, and CAP Study Guide chapter author and editor 2013-2014.

Aurelie Thiele<br /> Lehigh University

Associate Professor
Lehigh University

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, 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.

Selects Committee

David Leonhardi<br /> The Boeing Company

Senior Business Strategist, Strategic Integration Commercial Airplanes
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.

Marius Solomon<br /> Northeastern University

Chair, Supply Chain & Information Management Group,
Northeastern University, D’Amore-McKim School of Business; INFORMS Fellow

Marius M. Solomon is Department Chair and Professor in the Information, Operations and Analysis Group at Northeastern University, Boston. He received his PhD in Decision Sciences from the Wharton School. Professor Solomon has research and consulting interests in the development and implementation of design, planning and execution methodologies leading to improved supply chain agility. His current focus is the development of optimization approaches for time sensitive aspects of supply chains that benefit a variety of industrial, public and service sectors. He has published numerous papers dealing with time constrained vehicle fleet planning, routing and crew scheduling, supply chain design, and also the management of technologically advanced manufacturing and warehousing systems. Professor Solomon is also the developer of the benchmark problem set for vehicle routing with time windows. He 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 Section of INFORMS. Professor Solomon serves as Associate Editor of Transportation Science, and has held the same position at Operations Research. Professor Solomon 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.

Miguel Anjos<br /> Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal

2015 Conference Chair
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal

Sudip Bhattacharjee<br /> University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut

Manoj Chari<br /> SAS

2015 Conference Chair
Senior Director, Advanced Analytics R&D

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 development and support of the SAS/OR product which comprises tools for optimization, discrete event simulation and project management. It also supports specialized OR based routines for SAS customer intelligence, supply chain and industry-specific solutions for retail and financial services. A recent addition to the department is the Advanced Analytics and Optimization Services group which supports customer engagements with advanced OR modeling and algorithmic expertise. Prior to joining SAS, he was an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Louisiana State University. He has also held visiting positions at University of Waterloo, Technical University of Berlin, and the Indian Institute of Science. Manoj has a Ph.D. in operations research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mary Helander<br /> IBM Research

IBM Research

Diego Klabjan<br /> Northwestern University

Professor, IE & MS
Director, Master of Science in Analytics Program
Northwestern University

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.

Doug Mohr<br /> UPS


Aysegul Peker<br /> Amazon


Ed Pohl<br /> University of Arkansas

Professor of Industrial Engineering
University of Arkansas,
College of Engineering

Nadia Sanders Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Hugo Simao<br /> Princeton University

Princeton University

Paul Wicker<br /> Decision Strategies, Inc

Senior Consultant
Decision Strategies, Inc

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<br /> FICO

Jim Williams is a Principal Consultant with FICO’s Xpress Optimization team. He has 31 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 member since 2006. He has served on the INFORMS Membership Committee, the Analytics Maturity Model Committee, and the Analytics Conference Advisory Committee. Jim received a MS degree in Forestry with Operations Research concentration, from the University of Minnesota.