Tuesday, December 24, 2013

2013 Was an Amazing Year for the Virtual Center for Supernetworks at the Isenberg School

2013 was a wonderful year for the Virtual Center for Supernetworks and its Center Associates! Below I provide a few of the highlights.

First, I was notified by UMass Amherst Provost James Staros amd Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Michael Malone that the Evaluation Committee for Centers and Institutes, after review of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks' Self-Study, has recommended that the Center be continued for another 5 years at UMass Amherst, which is fabulous! I founded this center back in 2001.

The book, "Networks Against Time: Supply Chain Anaytics for Perishable Products," co-authored by 4 Center Associates:  Anna Nagurney, Min Yu of the Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland, Amir H. Masoumi, now of  the School of Business at Manhattan College in NYC, and Ladimer S. Nagurney of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) of the University of Hartford, was published by Springer Science + Business Media in 2013. The co-authors had a great year with Dr. Ladimer S. Nagurney being promoted to Full  Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering at CETA, Amir Masoumi receiving his PhD with a concentration in Management Science at the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst in May 2013, and Dr. Yu completing her first full year as an Assistant Professor. Amir also received the Judith B. Liebman Award from INFORMS at the 2013 Minneapolis INFORMS Meeting for his great service to the award-winning UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter, which was recognized with a magna cum laude award at the same meeting.  This is the 10th year that I am serving as the Faculty Advisor of this great student chapter.

In addition, I was one of twelve elected INFORMS Fellows in the class of 2013, an honor that I am ever so grateful for -- especially since it comes from a professional society INFORMS and colleagues that I have the utmost respect for.

Center Associate Professor Patrizia Daniele of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Catania in Italy received the great news that she has been promoted to Full Professor of Operations Research!

Center Associate Professor Jose M. Cruz of the School of Business at UConn Storrs received the School of Business Graduate Teaching Award 2013. He continues to serve as the Director of the Master's Program in Business Analytics and Project Management.

Dr. Trisha Anderson of the School of Business at Texas Wesleyan University was selected as the 2013 General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (GBHEM) exemplary teacher for 2013.  Dr. Anderson will receive a monetary award and the honor to speak at the Fall commencement ceremony.

Dr. Tina Wakolbinger of the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria  received a grant from the  Austrian Science Fund for the project: Optimal Pricing Policies and Contracts of Outsourcing Humanitarian Logistics Activities. She took part in the AAAS Symposium on Dynamics of Disasters, that I organized, which took place in Boston in February 2013. She also spoke at the Isenberg School of Management that month, hosted by the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter.

Center Associate Professor Patrick Qiang of the Graduate School of Professor Studies at Penn State Malvern received a 2 year grant from the China National Science Foundation for his project: Competition, Efficiency and Coordination Mechanism of Express Service Providers of Online Shopping Supply Networks. He continues to be very active speaking at conferences and conducting research.

Center Associate Professor June Dong of the School of Business at SUNY Oswego is a Co-PI on the project:  Developing an Interactive Web-Application for Instructions Involving Networks funded by an Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) from the State University of New York (SUNY).

Center Associate Professor Ding Zhang of the School of Business at SUNY Oswego has been busy hosting two Visiting Scholars from China with whom he is working on emergency management and service management with a network focus. In addition, he was a Visiting Professor on a short term research appointment at the Nanjing University of Science and Technology in China.

Center Associate Dr. Dmytro Matsypura of the School of Business at the University of Sydney in Australia spent part of his sabbatical at the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. He presented seminars there and at conference while in the U.S.

Along with Doctoral Student Center Associates Sara Saberi and Dong "Michelle" Li, we continue to work on the NSF-funded project: Network Innovation Through Choice. We have several papers accepted for publication or in press that acknowledge support from this major NSF grant. Professor Tilman Wolf is the PI and I am a Co-PI. Other partners on this project include collaborators at the University of Kentucky, NCState, and RENCI.

Moreover, Sara Saberi has been selected as a 2014 Isenberg Scholar Award recipient.

Doctoral Student Center Associate Shivani Shukla was elected President of the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter and has been very active organizing activities.
I spent several months in 2013 as a Visiting Professor of Operations Management at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden as part of my sabbatical this year and was busy collaborating, mentoring students, doing research, lecturing, and speaking at many conferences. This year, I gave invited and plenary talks and seminars at many venues (NYC, Athens (Greece), Evanston (Illinois), Zurich (Switzerland), Vienna (Austria), Gothenburg (Sweden), College Station (Texas), Norman (Oklahoma), Montreal (Canada),  TEDx at UMass Amherst, and more). I was also a Guest Professor at Professor Wakolbinger's university of March 2013.

Center Associate Dr. Stavros Siokos continues as President of the Sciens Fund of Hedge Funds Management in London, UK. I saw Dr. Siokos in Athens, Greece in June 2013.

Center Associate Dr. Padma Ramanujam is continuing working at SAS in Cary, North Carolina and she took part at the INFORMS meeting in Minneapolis with many other Center Associates.
Center Associates collaborated on many research papers and had articles published in such journals as the European Journal of Operational Research, Annals of Operations Research, Service Science, Networks, Computational Management Science, the International Transactions in Operational Research, and many more!

Congratulations to all on their achievements!

Wishing everyone a very productive and wonderful New 2014 Year!

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Please visit the various pages on the supernetworks website for many of our recent publications as well as for photos of our events and activities, newsletter, and media coverage.

Thanks for the support!  Happy New 2014 Year!