Today, we had the great pleasure of hosting Professor Michael Johnson of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston.
Professor Johnson spoke in our UMass Amherst INFORMS Speaker Series at the Isenberg School of Management and the students from the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter prepared the nice poster below.
It began with a delicious lunch at the University Club. We ended up sharing the chocolate cake and the lemon mascarpone cake for dessert.
Decision Science for Housing and Community Development, published by Wiley, was co-authored with my colleague, Dr. Senay Solak, who, of course, came to the presentation.
The audience was clearly entranced hearing about the problems that Professor Johnson has worked on. The success of Professor Johnson's work in Community-Based Operations Research in foreclosed housing development and the revitalization of neighborhoods, in identifying alternative uses for vacant properties to ensure municipal stability, and in community data analytics for economic development was awe-inspiring. His unique and diverse solution approaches to tackling some of the most challenging problems in urban and other environments with a focus on rigor, community engagement, and social justice demonstrate his great thought leadership and scholarship.
After the great presentation, Zana presented our speaker with a gift from the Isenberg School and then it was time to take a group picture.