It was a great year for the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter with wonderful seminar talks, the visit of Dr. Radhika Kulkari, VP of R&D of SAS, who is an INFORMS Fellow, and our tour of ISO New England, which monitors electric power reliability for all of New England.
Another highlight this year was celebrating the 10th anniversary of the chapter.
As the Faculty Advisor to this chapter, I always find it so rewarding to see the students flourish as leaders and members and this year I want to especially thank all the Chapter Officers: Michael Prokle (President), Amirhossein Alamdar Yazdi (Vic President), Sara Saberi (Treasurer), Heng Chen and Kayla Monahan (Secretaries), Tulay Varol (Event Coordinator), Pritha Dutta (Communications Director), and Ekin Koker (Webmaster).
Yesterday afternoon we celebrated the end of the semester with a tradition, and we can certainly call it a tradition, since the chapter is now almost 11 years old, and we "end" each semester with a party with international cuisine and great conversations! The students and faculty come from the Isenberg School of Management and also the College of Engineering.
This year we even had two of our Operations and Information Management undergrad alums come back - Jan Sudra, who works for United Technologies (and just completed his MBA at UConn) and Zheng "WeiWei" Ding, who works and lives in Manhattan, and graduated last year from the Isenberg School with a degree in Operations and Information Management. She took a Megabus yesterday yesterday from NYC.
Below I have posted some photos from our party yesterday. Thanks to all those who support our students throughout he year. This has been a great slate of officers to work with and it has been so much fun. Amazing what our students accomplish both in the classroom and beyond!