First, I was notified by UMass
Amherst Provost James Staros amd Vice Chancellor for Research and
Engagement Michael Malone that the Evaluation Committee for Centers and
Institutes, after review of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks'
Self-Study, has recommended that the Center be continued for another 5
years at UMass Amherst, which is fabulous! I founded this center back in 2001.
The book, "Networks Against Time: Supply Chain Anaytics for Perishable Products," co-authored by 4 Center Associates: Anna Nagurney, Min Yu of
the Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland, Amir H. Masoumi, now of the School of Business at Manhattan College in NYC, and Ladimer S. Nagurney of the College of Engineering,
Technology, and Architecture (CETA) of the University of Hartford, was
published by Springer Science + Business Media in 2013. The co-authors had a great year with Dr.
Ladimer S. Nagurney being promoted to Full Professor of Electrical,
Computer, and Biomedical Engineering at CETA, Amir Masoumi receiving his
PhD with a concentration in Management Science at the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst in May 2013, and Dr. Yu completing her
first full year as an Assistant Professor. Amir also received the Judith B. Liebman Award from INFORMS at the 2013 Minneapolis INFORMS Meeting
for his great service to the award-winning UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter, which was recognized with a magna cum laude award at the same
meeting. This is the 10th year that I am serving as the Faculty Advisor of this great student chapter.
In addition, I was one of twelve elected
INFORMS Fellows in the class of 2013, an honor that I am ever so grateful for -- especially since it comes from a professional society INFORMS and colleagues that I have the utmost respect for.
Center Associate Professor Patrizia Daniele of the Department of
Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Catania in Italy
received the great news that she has been promoted to Full Professor of
Center Associate Professor Jose M. Cruz of the School of Business at
UConn Storrs received the School of Business Graduate Teaching Award
2013. He continues to serve as the Director of the Master's Program in
Business Analytics and Project Management.
Dr. Trisha Anderson of the School of Business at Texas Wesleyan
University was selected as the 2013 General Board of Higher Education
and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (GBHEM) exemplary teacher
for 2013. Dr. Anderson will receive a monetary award and the honor to
speak at the Fall commencement ceremony.
Center Associate Professor Patrick Qiang of the Graduate School of
Professor Studies at Penn State Malvern received a 2 year grant from the
China National Science Foundation for his project: Competition,
Efficiency and Coordination Mechanism of Express Service Providers of
Online Shopping Supply Networks. He continues to be very active speaking
at conferences and conducting research.
Center Associate Professor Ding Zhang of the School of Business at SUNY
Oswego has been busy hosting two Visiting Scholars from China with whom
he is working on emergency management and service management with a
network focus. In addition, he was a Visiting Professor on a short term
research appointment at the Nanjing University of Science and Technology
Center Associate Dr. Dmytro Matsypura of the School of Business at the
University of Sydney in Australia spent part of his sabbatical at the
Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in
Pennsylvania. He presented seminars there and at conference while in the
Along with Doctoral Student Center Associates
Sara Saberi and Dong "Michelle" Li, we continue to work on the NSF-funded
project: Network Innovation Through Choice. We have several papers
accepted for publication or in press that acknowledge support from this
major NSF grant. Professor Tilman Wolf is the PI and I am a Co-PI. Other partners on this project include collaborators at the
University of Kentucky, NCState, and RENCI.
Moreover, Sara Saberi has been selected as a 2014 Isenberg Scholar Award recipient.
Doctoral Student Center Associate Shivani Shukla was elected President
of the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter and has been very active
I spent several months in 2013 as a Visiting Professor of Operations Management at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden as part of my
sabbatical this year and was busy collaborating, mentoring students,
doing research, lecturing, and speaking at many conferences. This year, I gave invited and plenary talks and seminars at many venues (NYC,
Athens (Greece), Evanston (Illinois), Zurich (Switzerland), Vienna
(Austria), Gothenburg (Sweden), College Station (Texas), Norman
(Oklahoma), Montreal (Canada), TEDx at UMass Amherst, and more). I
was also a Guest Professor at Professor Wakolbinger's university of
Center Associate Dr. Stavros Siokos continues as President of the Sciens
Fund of Hedge Funds Management in London, UK. I saw Dr. Siokos in Athens, Greece in June
Center Associate Dr. Padma Ramanujam is continuing working at SAS in
Cary, North Carolina and she took part at the INFORMS meeting in
Minneapolis with many other Center Associates.
Center Associates collaborated on many research papers and had articles published in such journals as the European Journal of Operational Research, Annals of Operations Research, Service Science, Networks, Computational Management Science, the International Transactions in Operational Research, and many more!
Congratulations to all on their achievements!
Wishing everyone a very productive and wonderful New 2014 Year!
is the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College at Oxford University for the 2016 Trinity term.
She was a Visiting Professor at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Her latest book, co-edited with I. Kotsireas and P.M. Pardalos is: Dynamics of Disasters: Key Concepts, Models, Algorithms, and Insights, published by Springer in 2016. She is also the co-author of the book: Competing on Supply Chain Quality: A Network Economics Perspective, with D. Li, and published in 2016.
She is the author of the book: Networks Against Time: Supply Chain Network Analytics for Perishable Products, co-authored with M. Yu, A.H. Masoumi, and L.S. Nagurney.
She is also the author, with Q. Qiang, of the book: Fragile Networks: Identifying Vulnerabilities and Synergies in an Uncertain World, and several other books.
She is the Founding Director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks.