Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Speaker Has Landed!

I have helped students in the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter to organize the UMass Amherst INFORMS Speaker Series for many semesters.

Of course, associated with bringing speakers from out of towm is the uncertainty as to whether they will be able to make it - things happen - illnesses and weather disruptions, to name just two. And, in fact, a program officer from NSF had to cancel her talk since her flight was cancelled from DC today.

Not only are the INFORMS offices closed in Maryland, but also USA Today is reporting that 20% of the flights in the US are cancelled today due to inclement weather.

Our speaker, Dr. Radhika Kulkarni, just landed a few minutes ago in Bradley Airport, having flown from Raleigh, NC through Pittsburgh to make it to her presentation at the Isenberg School tomorrow, with extra events planned. Needless to say all those involved have breathed a big sigh of relief, including me!

Special thanks to the INFORMS Speakers Program, the Department of Operations and Information Management at the Isenberg School, and the MBA Programs office for assisting in the co-sponsorship and organization of  this event. Her presentation at 11AM tomorrow will be viedotaped and streamed live to our interested MBA students.

The students did a great job  designing the poster below and Dr. Kulkarni's talk is advertised both on the UMass Amherst events page and the Isenberg webpage.

At 8:30AM tomorrow morning, we will be having a Meet and Greet in the Elkins Boardroom Room 111 in the Isenberg School.

Also, and just in time, the Officers of the Student Chapter have updated the student chapter poster on their Isenberg School bulletin board. Many thanks to the Chapter President, Michael Prokle, and the officers.

Who would have thought that the role of a professor is also being an events manager?