Thursday, November 13, 2014

Congrats to the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter on its 9th National Award!

Late yesterday I returned to Amherst from the INFORMS Annual Conference, which took place in San Francisco. Several of our PhD students took the red-eye shuttle and returned this morning!

The conference was wonderful and a highlight was watching our students from the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter, which is based at the Isenberg School, being recognized for their hard work with the cum laude award from INFORMS for their chapter activities. This year, the chapter received its 9th award in a row, which I suspect must be a record. The chapter's members are graduate students from the Isenberg School of Management and the College of Engineering, principally, from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

Below are featured photos taken at the award ceremony, which took place this past Monday evening, November 10,  at our conference in San Francisco. What an amazing turnout - even some students who had received their PhDs a year or two ago came to support the new cohort and to celebrate with them. Plus. one of our MBA students, Ben Joyney, also came.

As the Faculty Advisor to the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter for over a decade now, I congratulate this great group! The friendships continue even after they graduate and leave UMass!

Waiting for the award ceremony to begin

 The UMass Amherst INFORMS student members are called to the podium and receive their award plaque from David Hunt and are congratulated by Gino Lim
This year's Chapter President, Michael Prokle, holding the award - last year's President was Shivani Shukla, who prepared the annual report, which was vital for the judging outcome

 The students with two former officers, Drs. Min Yu and Farbod Farhadi on the far right,  enjoy posing with their award plaque
And, after the award ceremony, we were treated to a reception, with the beautiful desserts displayed below
Congratulations to the Officers and the members - it is a pleasure to work with all of you!