There are many exciting events and activities that await us once all the students return and classes resume tomorrow.
There will be several events organized by the UMass INFORMS Student Chapter with the first upcoming one taking place on April 3, 2015.
I am delighted that, under the leadership of the chapter President, Michael Prokle, we will be hosting that day an Academic Career Panel: Application Process and Job Expectations. Coming back to the Isenberg School will be 2 of our alums, Dr. Amir H. Masoumi and Dr. Davit Khachatryan, both of whom received their PhDs in Management Science. Amir was my PhD student and did a great dissertation on perishable product supply chains in healthcare. He is now an Assistant Professor at the School of Business at Manhattan College in NYC. Davit, on the other hand, after receiving his PhD, joined the consulting company PWC in Arlington, Virginia, and did terrific work in analytics for healthcare and financial services clients. He is now an Assitant Professor at Babson College in Wellesley, MA.
Also, joining the panel will be the newest faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UMass Amherst, Dr. Chaitra Gopallapa. I served on the search committee that brought her to campus. She has a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of South Florida. She worked on health issues at the Futures Institute in Glastonbuty, CT, before joining the faculty at UMass.
Questions are now being prepared to ask the panelists and I am sure that the discussions will be terrific. The panel should be especially useful to doctoral students who are interested in exploring academic careers and who may soon be on the job market!
Please join us, if you can!