As we near the 2008
mark and reflect on the happenings in 2007, I wanted to share some of
the accomplishments and highlights from the past year of our Associates
With best wishes to everyone for a Wonderful New 2008 Year!
Congratulations to Center
Dr. Tina Wakolbinger successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, A Dynamic Theory for the Integration of
Social and Economic Networks with Applications to Supply Chain and
Financial Networks in April 2007 and in August 2007 she assumed
her position as an Assistant Professor in the Fogelman
School of Economics and Business at the University of Memphis in
Tennessee. Congratulations to Dr. Wakolbinger!
Zugang "Leo" Liu successfully defended his doctoral dissertation
proposal in 2007 entitled, Transportation
and Dynamic Networks:
Models, Theory, and Applications to Supply Chains, Electric Power and
Financial Networks. Leo's major is Management Science and his
Computer Science. In addition, together with Professor Anna Nagurney,
Leo completed a major report on electric power supply chains in New
England, An Integrated Electric
Power Supply Chain and Fuel Market
Network Framework: Theoretical Modeling with Empirical Analysis for New
England. The report is available on the Virtual Center for
Qiang "Patrick" Qiang's research with Professor Anna Nagurney on
network efficiency/performance measurement, vulnerability analysis, and
robustness analysis has appeared in articles in Europhysics Letters and
in the POMS Dallas Conference
Proceedings. Other related publications
will appear in early
2008 in the journals: Optimization
Letters and the Journal of
Optimization, and in an edited volume by Professor Peter Winker.
Patrick presented the research at the World Conference in Transport
Research (WCTR) held in Berkeley, California, June 24-28, 2007 and
received a fellowship to attend and present at the conference. The
research has been applied to assess the performance and vulnerability
of a variety of network systems including transportation networks,
electric power generation and distribution networks, supply chains, the
Internet, as well as financial networks. The research has been covered
in such publications as WebWeek,
Network World, Computerworld, and
others and has been featured in ScienceDaily.com.
Trisha Woolley has been very active presenting her research at
conferences in 2007. She presented the paper, Spatially Differentiated
Trade of Permits for Multipollutant Electric Power Supply Chains
(co-authored with Professors Anna Nagurney and John K. Stranlund) at
the 7th Meeting in Game Theory and Practice Dedicated to Energy,
Environment, and Natural Resources in Montreal, Canada, May 28-30,
2007. Trisha also attended the INFORMS Puerto Rico Conference, July
8-11, 2007 and presented the paper at the November 2007 INFORMS Meeting
in Seattle, Washington. In addition, Trisha taught a required course in
Management Science in the Operations Management major at the Isenberg
of Management at UMass Amherst in Fall 2007. Trisha served as the
2006-2007 UMass Amherst INFORMS Speaker Series Coordinator and
continues to serve as the Speaker Series Coordinator for 2007-2008.
This series brings renowned speakers to the Isenberg School of
Management to present talks of interest to the operations research /
management science communities.
In November 2007, at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington,
the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter received the "Summa Cum
Laude" Award for its various activities. Former Chapter Presidents,
Christian Wernz and Zugang "Leo" Liu, accompanied Professor Anna
Nagurney, the Chapter's Faculty Advisor, to the awards breakfast and
received the plaque from Professor Mehrotra of Northwestern University.
Patrick Qiang is the 2007-2008 Chapter and he had been at the Future
Academicians Colloquium in Seattle prior to the awards breakfast.
Congratulations to all the Umass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter
Officers (past and present) and to all of its members for this special
recognition! This was the first time that the award was given.
Center Associates continue to make breakthroughs in research and
notable papers published in 2007 (besides the above already mentioned)
include the following:
Sustainable Supply Chain and
Transportation Networks, by Anna
Nagurney, Zugang Liu, and Trisha Woolley, appeared in the inaugural
issue of the International Journal
of Sustainable Transportation 1 (2007), pp 29-51.
Modeling of Electric Power
Supply Chain Networks with Fuel Suppliers
via Variational Inequalities, Dmytro Matsypura, Anna Nagurney,
Zugang Liu, International Journal of
Emerging Power Systems 8, Iss. 1, Article 5 (2007).
Financial Networks with
Intermediation and Transportation Network
Equilibria: A Supernetwork Equivalence and Reinterpretation of the
Equilibrium Conditions with Computations, Zugang Liu and Anna
Nagurney, Computational Management
Science 4 (2007), pp. 243-281.
Dynamic Electric Power Supply
Chains and Transportation Networks: An
Evolutionary Variational Inequality Formulation, Anna Nagurney,
Liu, Monica-Gabriela Cojocaru, and Patrizia Daniele, Transportation Research E 43
(2007), pp. 624-646.
The Internet, Evolutionary
Variational Inequalities, and the
Time-Dependent Braess Paradox, Anna Nagurney, David Parks, and
Patrizia Daneiele, Computational
Management Science 4 (2007), pp. 355-375.
Congratulations to Dr. Jose M. Cruz who is an Assistant Professor at
the School of Business at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. His
paper, Dynamics of Supply Chain
Networks with Corporate Social
Responsibility through Integrated Environmental Decision-Making,
scheduled to appear in the European
Journal of Operational Research in February 2008! Dr. Cruz
presented this work at the INFORMS Puerto Rico Conference held in July
2007 and at the INFORMS Seattle Meeting in November 2007. In addition,
Dr. Cruz's co-author, Dr. Dmytro Matsypura of the University of Sydney
in Australia, has presented their joint research in Prague,
Czechoslovakia and in Melborune, Australia in 2007.
Congratulations to Dr. Ke "Grace" Ke, who is an Assistant Professor at
the Babin School of Business at the University of Arkansas in
Monticello. She gave an invited seminar in November 2007 at the Walton
School of Business at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. She
spoke on her research on financial networks with intermediation and
with variable weights.
Congratulaions to Professors June Dong and Ding Zhang of the School of
Business at SUNY Oswego. Both of them continue to break new ground and
to create new partnerships with colleagues in China. On December 29,
2007, Professor Dong will give an invited talk at the Annual Meeting of
the Shanghai Operations Research and Management Science Association. In
addition, she has been awarded a Distinguished Scholar Exchange Award
from the Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission to work
with Professor Zhu Detong of the Shanghai Normal University. Professor
Zhang spent weeks in China in the Summer of 2007 working on
establishing new partnerships. Dr. Zhang is the MBA Director at the
School of Business at SUNY Oswego. He and Professor Dong have received
numerous awards from SUNY Oswego and the SUNY (State University of New
York) system for the contributions to research and scholarly activity.
Congratulations to Dr. Stavros Siokos, Managing Director of Citigroup
in London, the United Kingdom for his numerous successes in the
financial world! The Isenberg School of Management was delighted to
host Dr. Siokos' visit and presentation on September 28, 2007. Dr.
Siokos' talk was co-hosted by the UMass Amherst INFORMS Speaker Series
and the Finance Speaker Series. Dr. Siokos spoke on the changes in
technologies and algorithms over the past decade and on the differences
in the regulatory climate in the US and in the rest of the world.
We would also like to congratulate Dr. Padma Ramanujam for her
successes in the corporate world. She is at SAS in Cary, North Carolina
and, coincidentally, is a colleague of Dr. Kulkarni's. Dr. Kulkarni
presented Professor Anna Nagurney the 2007 WORMS (Women in Operations
Research and the Management Sciences) Award in Seattle, Washington at
the WORMS Business Luncheon at the INFORMS Meeting on November 7, 2007.
Dr. Kulkarni received the award in 2006. This was only the thid time
that the award has been given.
Congratulations to Professor Ladimer S. Nagurney of the University of
Hartford for his initiatives in securing a grant from the Tessco
Corporation and for the approval of his sabbatical application for
2008-2009, which proposed a variety of professional actitivies,
including international ones.
Thanks to the Friends of the
Virtual Center for Supernetworks!
We thank the Friends of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks for their
support in so many different ways and we congratulate them all on their
professional achievements and numerous publications and awards!
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