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Welcome New Members!

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  • 1.  Welcome New Members!

    Posted 03-31-2021 11:51
    We are excited to be welcoming new members all the time! This thread is for you. We invite you to say hello to your new network – one person larger now that you're here. Reply and tell us a little about yourself and what brought you to INFORMS.

    • Your name and a quick description of the work you do
    • What do you hope to gain as an INFORMS member?
    • A fun fact about you

    Tracy Cahall
    Member Engagement Manager
    Catonsville MD

  • 2.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 03-31-2021 13:49
    Edited by Kara Combs 03-31-2021 13:50
    Hello everyone!

    My name is Kara Combs, and I'm a BS/MS student at Wright State University. My focus area for my MS degree is in Decision Analytics. My background is industrial and systems engineering, so OR/MS is still a relatively new world for me that I want to explore more! I thought joining INFORMS would be the perfect way to do that!

    A fun fact about me is that I have been to every US state east of the Mississippi River except for New Jersey - hopefully I'll get there at some point in the future!

    Kara Combs
    Wright State University

  • 3.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-01-2021 12:51
    Hi Kara,
    I'm a native New Jerseyan. It is a great state. When you visit, I'll buy you a cup of coffee.

    Elena Gerstmann
    Executive Director

  • 4.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-09-2021 09:32

    Welcome Kara,

    I think you'll appreciate the breadth of INFORMS.

    I too have been to most every state east of the Mississippi, except for Mississippi itself!



    Trevor Bihl, PhD
    Vice President of Chapters & Fora | INFORMS (2020/2021)
    Secretary | Cincy-Dayton INFORMS Group
    Member | INFORMS Subdivision Council
    Senior Research Engineer | Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton, OH

  • 5.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-20-2021 12:50
    Welcome to INFORMS Kara!

    You may want to join the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS and follow the sessions (usually two tracks in nearby rooms throughout the meeting) sponsored by DAS at the Annual meeting (this year in Anaheim, near Disneyland). Also, check out the Decision Analysis journal published by INFORMS.

    See the DAS site for newsletters, etc. : Home - Decision Analysis Society (

    L Robin Keller
    University of California, Irvine
    Irvine CA

  • 6.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 03-31-2021 17:58

    Returning member, I graduated with my PhD from Georgia Tech in 2000.   I'm currently working for Ferrara Candy Company as a Sr. Manager is manufacturing/logistics.  The company has tripled in size in less than 2 years, so lots of stuff to do.

    I'm hoping to get insights into how things have changed and if there are new techniques to apply to the problems that are constantly occurring,

    I worked for United Airlines for 12 years, and so know a lot about airlines and have traveled extensively, visiting 6 of the 7 continents.  Just one more to go!

    David Newton
    Ferrara Candy Company

  • 7.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-10-2021 13:14
    Welcome back David! Happy to have you here. I can't wait to get back to travel soon.
    My dad's claim to fame is that he has been to all seven continents, Antartica twice! :)

    Mary Leszczynski
    Creative Director
    Catonsville MD

  • 8.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 03-31-2021 18:08
    Edited by Heili Springsteen 04-22-2021 08:57
    Hi all!

    Excited to join this community. I'm Heili Springsteen. I work as a Continuous Improvement Manager for Atlas Air, where I provide support for process improvement initiatives and work to promote data-driven decision-making.

    I'm passionate about data and using data to improve operations, and am hoping to connect with likeminded people and gain additional perspective through INFORMS.

    A fun fact: In 2019, I sang at the Estonian Song Festival as part of a choir of 32,000 singers. It's an event that's held every 5 years, and I can't wait to go back in 2024.

    Heili Springsteen

  • 9.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 03-31-2021 23:07
    Edited by Mark Nadeau 04-01-2021 00:25
    Hello. I'm Mark Nadeau. I have a day job developing controls and performance management systems for a portfolio of construction projects. In the dark of night (and during my vacation time) I'm the Principal of a one-person firm that provides training and business consultation services (mostly the former). I teach skills in data analytics and management science, and staying current in those areas is one reason I've joined INFORMS. I also have a hobbyist's interest in predictive modeling, so I'm looking forward to being able to tune into any news and ideas from that realm.

    Some facts that may seem fun in combination and in just the right context: I was born in Maine, I was once in a free-fall in a jet, and I can wiggle one of my ears (but only one).

    Mark Nadeau
    Emkhos, LLC

  • 10.  RE: Welcome New Members!

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    Posted 04-01-2021 00:11
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  • 11.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-01-2021 00:43
    Hi Everyone,

    I am Kartik Kaushik and I am really excited to join INFORMS community and connect with people to learn from their experiences. I am currently working as Operations Improvement Engineer for Micron Technologies focusing on optimization models for capacity planning. For last 3 years I have been working on various optimization models and spent a great deal of time to reduce their computational complexities.

    I am hoping to learn various problems people are facing in industry and how they are using optimization to solve them.

    Fun Fact: I like to dance and I have also performed on some Bollywood songs at my company events.

    Kartik Kaushik
    operations Improvement Engineer
    Draper UT

  • 12.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-01-2021 03:23
    Hi everyone!

    My name is Mobeen Anwar, I've done a Bachelors in Computer Science and Masters in International Business. I am currently working as an IT Manager at Universal American School in Dubai. A few years back I started getting into Analytics and explored how I can help our teachers in making data-driven decisions for each student. Since then I've loved learning new things about this field and while researching, found out about INFORMS and enrolled myself for CAP.

    I love to go off-roading in the Dubai deserts and enjoy gaming that is why i'm currently trying to introduce Esports at our school!

    Muhammad Mobeen Anwar
    IT Manager
    Universal American School

  • 13.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-01-2021 13:25

    I'm Shane Falibota.  I earned my BSEE from Penn State in 2000, MBA from Mt Saint Mary's University in 2010, and a MPS in data analytics with an option in business analytics from Penn State in 2020.  Currently I am pursuing a doctorate in business administration from Hood College.  For nearly 20 years I worked at Bechtel Corporation in a variety of roles as an engineer, cost estimator, and project controls data analyst.  For the last year I have been employed as a cost estimator at Leidos Biomedical.  I joined INFORMS to gain greater exposure to the business analytics community while I develop my dissertation.

    Fun fact about me: In spring/summer 1998 I was an opening cast member for the inauguration of Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park in Florida.  I primarily worked in Dinoland attractions operations and merchandise for the Dinosaur (nee Countdown to Extinction) attraction, Dinosaur Jubilee, and the Boneyard playground.

    Shane Falibota
    Frederick MD

  • 14.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-01-2021 21:30
    I would like to welcome all of you to INFORMS, and looking forward to our interactions, virtually for now and hopefully in person at our conferences soon!

    I have been an INFORMS member for many years, I guess over 25 (?), lost count :-) I am truly grateful to our INFORMS community for collegiality, friendships, collaborations, service opportunities, learning, professional growth, and more. I hope you also find INFORMS to be a wonderful "home" moving forward.

    David, good to re-connect, Go Jackets!

    Heili, where are you located?

    Mark, you need to share a video of the wiggly ear :-)

    Mobeen, I visited Dubai a few years ago and had a great time during one afternoon in the desert!


    Pinar Keskinocak (INFORMS 2020 President)

    Pinar Keskinocak
    ISyE Georgia Tech
    Atlanta GA

  • 15.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-04-2021 02:27
    Thank you Pinar. Looking forward to interacting with all of you in the future. Speaking of desert, I experienced something unique this weekend while in the desert, I'll let the picture explain it.
    A hot air balloon passed by us at a very low altitude while we were driving in the desert

    Muhammad Mobeen Anwar
    IT Manager
    Universal American School

  • 16.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-08-2021 08:06
    Thanks, Pinar! I'm located in NJ - we're just seeing the beginnings of spring here and it's really lovely.

    Heili Springsteen
    Atlas Air

  • 17.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-06-2021 10:51

    Hello everybody!

    Really glad to join this community. I'm Anson Huang. I am a Ph.D. candidate and adjunct lecturer of the Department of Information Management at Taiwan Tech School of Management. I specialize in exploring the dynamic interaction between technology and strategy. I conduct in-depth research in the areas of makes sense of digital innovation in organizations and institutions. Also, adopting the main path analysis to trace the development trajectory of the digital-related phenomenon from various perspectives. I thought joining INFORMS would be a great way to learn and develop my knowledge in the academic field!

    Fun Fact: I like singing but without following a varied melody. :P

    Chen-Hao Huang
    PhD Candidate
    National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

  • 18.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-06-2021 21:43
    Edited by Emily Lindblad 04-06-2021 21:46

    Hi everyone!

    I am so excited to be part of the INFORMS community! :) My name is Emily Lindblad and I will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall to pursue my Masters in Industrial Operations Engineering. My interests are in healthcare applications and I am hoping INFORMS will aid in my exploration of the research in this area as well as expose me to other applications that I am not as familiar with.

    My fun fact is that I have four dogs!

    Emily Lindblad
    University of Michigan

  • 19.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-08-2021 20:27
    Greeting! I am Gary Barker, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with ~ 15 years of finance experience. The past nine years have been focused on the Software as a Service (SaaS), Fintech, and IT industries. I enjoy working on Digital Transformation projects changing the nature of work and society. I have an interest in Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning, so I joined INFORMS to broaden my knowledge and network.

    Fun Fact: I have quite a menagerie of pets: dog, cat, frog, and chinchilla! I grew up in Atlanta, so I am a Georgia Tech fan!

    Gary Barker

  • 20.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-08-2021 21:27

    Welcome to INFORMS Gary, it is great to have you and other new members join our community!

    You may want to check out our communities within INFORMS, Among INFORMS sections, which are technical interest groups,  you may want to check out  the Practice Section and the Revenue Management and Pricing Section.






    PS> Go Jackets!! ��


  • 21.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-09-2021 23:11
    Hi Everyone!

    I am John McDonald.  I have a master's degree in physics and have worked in the business world for many years doing descriptive and predictive analytics. My emphasis has been on IT usage, performance and security. I joined INFORMS because "supporting informed decision-making" resonates with business leaders.

    Fun fact: I do my best thinking while walking my dog.  :)

    John McDonald

  • 22.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-10-2021 02:48
    Hi everyone!

    I am Yifan Xu, a third-year Ph.D. candidate at Beihang University in China with a special interest in airline operation optimization problems. I am excited to join INFORMS family and hoping to make friends with you!

    Fun Fact: My hometown Lianyungang is also the hometown of Monkey King (the Journey to the West) :)

    Yifan Xu
    Beihang University

  • 23.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-10-2021 12:23
    Hi Everyone!

    I'm Sera.
    I'm an Aeronautical Engineer and an Aviation / Aerospace professional with more than 15 years experience in multidisciplinary engineering, aircraft maintenance, new and leased aircraft delivery/redelivery, flight operations and aircraft systems design and certification. I worked at one of the world's leading airlines for more than 12 years and my wealth of experience includes following both the FAA and EASA regulations and their compliance on aircrafts and operations.

    I live in Atlanta, USA and at the same time I'm a PhD Candidate in Transportation Systems Program at Instituto Superior Tecnico - Lisbon, Portugal (finishing in 2021). I have been researching on airport runway capacity allocation and developing a new model for to be used at the strategic level of allocation.

    I lived in Turkey (Izmir, Istanbul), Germany (Darmstadt), Dubai (UAE) and USA (Atlanta) until today and got to know a lot of people from different nationalities and learnt about their cultures.

    I am very much interested in music, playing piano, singing jazz pieces and recording.

    Sera Cavusoglu

    Sera Cavusoglu
    Aeronautical Engineer, M.Sc. (PhD Candidate)
    Atlanta GA

  • 24.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-11-2021 02:15

    I'm Adam. I currently work as an online math and computer science instructor and am looking for work as a university instructor. Last year I graduated from the Applied Mathematics Ph.D. program at Illinois Institute of Technology, where my thesis research involved developing and solving a variety of optimization-based models for civil infrastructure networks. As an undergraduate I participated in the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute summer program at Arizona State University, where I conducted mathematical modeling research on an avian disease (back when infectious diseases were a fun thing to talk about).

    I was briefly a student member of INFORMS several years ago, and have rejoined in part to keep up with operations research news and conferences and in part to aid in my university job search. I think that there's a lot to be gained from injecting mathematical modeling and operations research into the undergraduate math curriculum in order to show applications and generate activities.

    I am also quite interested in game design, and spend most of my free time programming interactive games and demonstrations to illustrate mathematical concepts. If you're interested you can check out my programs and games (and papercraft) at my website,

    Adam Rumpf
    Art of Problem Solving Online

  • 25.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-12-2021 22:56

    Adam, welcome to INFORMS! I fully agree that there are many opportunities for engaging math ugrad students in modeling and OR, and games are a great way to do this, many thanks for sharing! You may want to check out the Committee on Teaching and Learning - INFORMS





  • 26.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-13-2021 14:19
    Dear all,
            I am Jun Han, a PhD student in EPFL. I am happy to join in INFORMS community today! I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics in 2020. Now I am doing research about pricing theory. I am also interested in some applications of reinforcement learning and other fields in artificial intelligence. I aim to do research for the better understanding of the world and the improvement of human life. I would like to participate the annual meeting this year (hopefully in person). I look forward to connecting and making friends with members in INFORMS.
           In my leisure time, I enjoy playing the piano and singing "bel canto". I can also play table tennis well. I love life!

    Best regards,

    Jun Han

  • 27.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-14-2021 20:37

    Dear Jun,


    Welcome to INFORMS! We are looking forward to getting to know you, and hopefully meeting (virtually or in person) at one of the upcoming meetings.


    You may want to check out our communities within INFORMS, Among INFORMS sections, which are technical interest groups,  you may want to check out  the Analytics Society and the Revenue Management and Pricing Section.


    And would love to listen to you play piano or sing "bel canto" at some point, maybe you can share some video links!






  • 28.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-15-2021 04:09
    Hi all!

    My name is Gabor Molnar from Hungary and happy to join a community. I hope that I can find a lot of inspiring topics related to my job and passions. I'm originally a nuclear physicist and electrical engineer, but I've been living my live around data for more than 10 years now. I love teaching (after 3 years official lecturer job) and also enjoy problem solving, statistical modeling with a small perk of data visualisation. Now I'm a senior data analyst of a financial company and would like to do a masters degree in applied mathematics next year.

    A fun fact about me... hmm... I really like cooking and making photos of them, so my Instagram profile is full with picts of my creations 😁🧆 and I'm a really big fun evertying contains coconut 🤤!


    Gabor Molnar
    Senior Data Analyst

  • 29.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-15-2021 09:02

    Hi Gabor,


    Welcome to INFORMS! Many years ago, I visited Budapest when I was a student doing an internship in Europe, and I still remember how amazing it was. In addition to the beauty and history, I also remember the wonderful restaurants serving goulash and the beautiful live music with violins. I hope to visit again someday.


    Please make sure to check out our communities within INFORMS,, I trust you will find several that align with your interests.








  • 30.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-18-2021 19:24
    Edited by Jill Capello 05-24-2021 08:05
    Hello Everyone,

    My name is Murtala Giwa from Canada, born in Nigeria, West Africa and I am very excited to join the INFORMS community. For my first degree, I majored in Computer Science and  subsequently obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration from University of Leicester. Currently, I am a Data Analyst within the Consumer Analytics and Measurement Team at Shaw Cable System, Canada . My work experience spans the Telecommunication, Financial Services and Logistics & Transportation industry across 4 organizations, 3 Countries, 2 Continents over 19 years.

    My drive for continuous self improvement led me to the discovery of INFORMS and I look forward to an exciting experience while learning new skills and Analytical methodologies.

    I am always fascinated by the science of nature.

    Murtala Giwa
    Data Analyst
    Shaw Cable System

  • 31.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-21-2021 05:03

    Hello All,

    my name is Botond Kadar from Budapest, Hungary and I am managing a technology transfer company in the field of production informatics with special focus on simulation, digital twins and optimization. Got my PhD in advanced simulation and earlier I was senior researcher at the Institute for Computer Science and Control. I am member of  CIRP and IFAC. Joined INFORMS to see, experience and discuss the latest developments in the above and also connected fields, which I am looking forward.

    Might be interesting about me, that even Hungary is a country without big mountains, I am a fun of alpine skiing in which I competed in my teenage ages :)

    Looking forward being in INFORMS in the next period and learn a lot,

    Botond Kadar
    Managing director
    EPIC InnoLabs Nonprofit Ltd.

  • 32.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 04-26-2021 14:34
    Hi All,

    My name is Vishal Badyal. I am a Ph.D. candidate at Industrial Engineering, Clemson University. My research is focused on collaborative logistics, which includes elements of facility location problem, intermodal transportation, cross-dock scheduling. My other research interest also includes the study of the impact of uncertainty on freight logistics, and how to tackle them.

    I think INFORMS will help me connect and collaborate with similar (and also different) people, help me stay updated on the current research, and maybe inspire my future work.

    I like to hike and cook (almost everything on an Indian restaurant menu).

    Vishal Badyal
    Clemson SC

  • 33.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 05-03-2021 19:14
    Hello, my name is Jason Oliver, and I'm very pleased to be part of the INFORMS community - it has certainly grown to be a great analytics body over the past decade!
    I'm a senior compliance analyst for the Canada Revenue Agency, so am very involved in analytics to improve auditing operations and risk prioritization.
    I greatly enjoy data science acumen, but I don't think I can say here which software products I like using because this is a vendor-neutral forum (ha, ha).
    One of my great loves is reading all about behavioural psychology, like Malcolm Gladwell or Dan Ariely. It's amazing how much of this sort of thing can be unearthed by what you find from data mining. Oh and we always have to be bias-conscious of course, check your cherry-picking or confirmation bias at the door!!

    Fun facts..?  Well I'm not in the Guinness book of records and am not into daredevil activity.  I guess I could say that I'm one of the very few people who has an MBA, CISSP, and CFE !

    Project Leader, Compliance Research and Data Science
    Ottawa ON

  • 34.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 05-04-2021 00:41
    My name is Thao, I come from Vietnam. Currently, I am Data Analytics Trainer at Mastering Data Analytics. I was former Business Analytics Manager of SIFT Analytics Group (Singapore analytics consulting firm).
    Fun fact about me: I am a Yoga Teacher too =))

    Nice to see you all.

    Thao Le
    Data Analytics Trainer
    Mastering Data Analytics
    Ho Chi Minh

  • 35.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 05-04-2021 19:21
    Edited by Luís Pinto 05-04-2021 19:23
    Hi everyone, my name is Luís Pinto and I come from Lisbon, Portugal (Europe). I'm a Data Scientist at BNP Paribas, working in Marketing applications of machine learning, analytics, and automation. I have a BSc in Marketing, a MSc in Statistics and Information Management and I'm working towards a PhD in Mathematics, with a thesis in Marketing Science and Operations Research (Differential Game Theory and Dynamic Marketing Competition).

    INFORMS is the largest analytics professional organization. Therefore, I decided to join to be able to network, get continuous development and training, and subscribe to important journals in my areas of interest (Marketing, AI and OR).

    Nice to meet you all!

    Luís Pinto
    Data Scientist
    BNP Paribas

  • 36.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 05-04-2021 20:03
    Hi all.

    My name's Michael and I'm a PhD student at George Mason University.  My dissertation focuses on approximation methods for complex game theory models, and I've also done a lot of data analysis for hard to measure problems in the public policy domain (e.g. outcomes in insurgencies).  My main interests are in applying OR and data analysis to public policy and economics, and joined INFORMS hoping to find collaborators in this.

    Fun fact:  I'm in the Navy (formerly active duty and now a Reservist) and just got back from Afghanistan.

    Michael Perry
    George Mason University Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering