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Welcome New Members!

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  • 1.  Welcome New Members!

    Posted 18 days ago
    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


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    Tracy Cahall
    Member Engagement Manager
    INFORMS
    Catonsville MD
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  • 2.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 18 days ago
    Edited by Kara Combs 18 days ago
    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!




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    Kara Combs
    Student
    Wright State University
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  • 3.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 17 days ago
    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

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    Elena Gerstmann
    Executive Director
    INFORMS
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  • 4.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 9 days ago

    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!

    Best,

    Trevor



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    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
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  • 5.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 17 days ago
    Hi!

    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!

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    David Newton
    Ferrara Candy Company
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  • 6.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 8 days ago
    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! :)

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    Mary Leszczynski
    Creative Director
    INFORMS
    Catonsville MD
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  • 7.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 17 days ago
    Edited by Heili Springsteen 17 days ago
    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.



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    Heili Springsteen
    Atlas Air
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  • 8.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 17 days ago
    Edited by Mark Nadeau 17 days ago
    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).

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    Mark Nadeau
    Emkhos, LLC
    Portland
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  • 9.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    This message was posted by a user wishing to remain anonymous
    Posted 17 days ago
    Edited by Tracy Cahall 11 days ago
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  • 10.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 17 days ago
    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.

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    Kartik Kaushik
    operations Improvement Engineer
    Micron
    Draper UT
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  • 11.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 17 days ago
    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!

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    Muhammad Mobeen Anwar
    IT Manager
    Universal American School
    Dubai
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  • 12.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 17 days ago
    Hi!

    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.

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    Shane Falibota
    Frederick MD
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  • 13.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 16 days ago
    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!

    Best,

    Pinar Keskinocak (INFORMS 2020 President)








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    Pinar Keskinocak
    Professor
    ISyE Georgia Tech
    Atlanta GA
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  • 14.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 14 days ago
    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


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    Muhammad Mobeen Anwar
    IT Manager
    Universal American School
    Dubai
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  • 15.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 10 days ago
    Thanks, Pinar! I'm located in NJ - we're just seeing the beginnings of spring here and it's really lovely.

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    Heili Springsteen
    Atlas Air
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  • 16.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 12 days ago

    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



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    Chen-Hao Huang
    PhD Candidate
    National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
    Taipei
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  • 17.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 11 days ago
    Edited by Emily Lindblad 11 days ago

    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!



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    Emily Lindblad
    Student
    University of Michigan
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  • 18.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 9 days ago
    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!

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    Gary Barker
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  • 19.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 9 days ago

    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, https://www.informs.org/Communities. Among INFORMS sections, which are technical interest groups https://www.informs.org/Communities/INFORMS-Sections,  you may want to check out  the Practice Section and the Revenue Management and Pricing Section.

     

    Best,

     

    Pinar

     

    PS> Go Jackets!! ��

     






  • 20.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 8 days ago
    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.  :)

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    John McDonald
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  • 21.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 8 days ago
    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) :)


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    Yifan Xu
    Beihang University
    Beijing
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  • 22.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 8 days ago
    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


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    Sera Cavusoglu
    Aeronautical Engineer, M.Sc. (PhD Candidate)
    Atlanta GA
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  • 23.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 7 days ago
    Hello!

    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.github.io.

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    Adam Rumpf
    Instructor
    Art of Problem Solving Online
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  • 24.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 5 days ago

    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

    Best,

     

    Pinar

     






  • 25.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 4 days ago
    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

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    Jun Han
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  • 26.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 3 days ago

    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, https://www.informs.org/Communities. Among INFORMS sections, which are technical interest groups https://www.informs.org/Communities/INFORMS-Sections,  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!

     

    Best,

     

    Pinar

     






  • 27.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 3 days ago
    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 🤤!

    Best,
    Gabor

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    Gabor Molnar
    Senior Data Analyst
    Intrum
    Budapest
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  • 28.  RE: Welcome New Members!

    Posted 3 days ago

    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, https://www.informs.org/Communities, I trust you will find several that align with your interests.

     

    Best,

     

    Pinar