As the Faculty Advisor to the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter, I always enjoy helping students out with the planning of events and attending them from speakers that we host and a variety of panels (both research and teaching), as well as social events, such as our 10th Anniversary party two weeks ago.
Also, to give our doctoral students a pleasant setting in which to practice the talks that they will be giving at the Annual INFORMS Conference, we host the annual Tune-Up event. This year the conference takes place in San Francisco in early November.
There will be 4 doctoral students from the Isenberg School in Management Science (Dong "Michelle" Li, Tulay Varol Flamand, Sara Saberi, and Heng Chen) presenting and two from the College of Engineering, who are conecntrating in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (Joanne Oh and Olaitan Olaleye). I am the dissertation advisor for Michelle and Sara. Professor Ahmed Ghoniem is the advisor of Tulay and Professor Senay Solak is the advisor of Heng. Professor Hari Balasubramanian is advising Joanne Oh and Professor Erin Baker - Olaita.
The topics of these 6 talks alone demonstrate the breadth and depth of research in OR/MS, so do join us if you can!