As readers of this blog know, our UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter received the summa cum laude award for its activities and it was wonderful to see other chapters recognized with both the magna cum laude and cum laude awards. More information on the selection process is here.
The UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter is now in its 12th year of operation and I have enjoyed serving as its Faculty Advisor during this period. The members (graduate students as well as some faculty) and officers hail primarily from the Isenberg School of Management (ISOM) (principally from the Department of Operations Management) and from the College of Engineering (mainly from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE)).
Needless to say, the students (and I) were so excited about the evening ceremony. The news had spread and quite a few of our alums, who are now professors at various colleges and universities, also stopped by to help us celebrate.
Below are some photos that I took of the event.
Michael is the 4th recipient of the Judith Liebman Award from the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter with the others being: Dr. Tina Wakolbinger, Dr. Patrick Qiang, and Dr. Amir H. Masoumi. The latter three were my PhD students in Management Science at the Isenberg School of Management, and they are now are very successful professors.
It was very exciting to see our student chapter receive the top award and to see the Chapter Officers (several present and past ones) on the stage.
After the awards were given out, we posed with some of our alums and with Professor Hari Balasubramanian of MIE, and then it was time to go to the reception next door with sumptious food and fabulous desserts.
After a very special night, some of us got together the next morning for the Chapter and Fora breakfast. I always emphasize the importance of showing up to students!