Tuesday, May 5, 2015

My 18th PhD Student - Another Successful Dissertation Defense

Yesterday, was a very happy day since my 18th PhD student, Dong "Michelle" Li successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in Management Science at the Isenberg School of Management.

The title of her dissertation, which was nearly 250 pages long, was: Quality Competition in Supply Chain Networks with Applications to Information Asymmetry, Product Differentiation, Outsourcing, and Supplier Selection.

Michelle did a great job presenting, although we had to do some disruption management since in her scheduled room there was a final exam taking place and then an hour into her presentation in another room, another group of students entered for their final exams.

Michelle's full presentation can be downloaded here and it is stunning and her delivery was great, too.

Special thanks to the great committee members: Professor Adam Steven of my very own Operations and Information Management Department, Professor Hari Balasubramaian of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Professor Christian Rojas of the Resource Economics Department for all their valuable inputs and also for helping Michelle in her academic job search process. She has had more on-campus interview invitations and visits than any of my former students but I expect, given her offers, that she will soon reach closure.

Michelle has an outstanding record of publications in such journals as the Annals of Operations Research, the International Transactions in Operational Research, Computational Economics, Computational Management Science, Netnomics, and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, with a series of other articles in review in other journals.

She has worked very hard as an Officer of the award-winning UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter and even taught 3 sections of our required Operations Management undergraduate course at the Isenberg School. Both of her parents are academics in China and she told me that 18 is a lucky number in China.

Great to see my academic offspring genealogy tree growing.

Interestingly, my 17th PhD student, Dr. Amir H. Masoumi, told me that 17 was always his favorite number.