The Virtual Center for Supernetworks

Congratulations and Kudos!

As we all gear up for the new 2004-2005 academic year, I thought that it is fitting to thank and to recognize the Supernetwork Center Associates and Friends and to congratulate them on their many exciting activities and achievements.

Many thanks for all the great work that you do in furthering knowledge discovery, research, and education on networks! I look forward to a productive and exciting new year with all of you.

Anna Nagurney, Director
Congratulations to Center Associates!

Dr. Jose M. Cruz defended his doctoral dissertation in April 2004 with a major in Management Science and a minor in Finance and received his PhD diploma in commencement ceremonies at UMASS Amherst in May 2004. He is now an Assistant Professor at the School of Business at the University of Connecticut and will continue to serve as a Center Associate.

Dr. Ke Ke successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at the Isenberg School at UMASS with a major in Management Science and a minor in Finance in June 2004. She is now at the School of Business at the University of Arkansas as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Ke will also continue to serve as a Center Associate.

Stephen Davis received his undergraduate degree with a major in Operations Management from UMASS Amherst in May 2004 and was honored by Chancellor John Lombardi with a Leaders for the 21st Century Award. He was one of only 16 students so recognized. Steve is working for Cintas Corporation in Pittsfield, MA.

Christopher Bardi, who graduated in 2003 with a major in Operations Management and served as a Center Associate, is presently working at United Technologies in Connecticut and has matriculated in a Masterís degree program at Rensselaer at Hartford.

Christina Calvaneso, who graduated in 2003 with a major in Operations Management and was also a UMASS Leaders for the 21st Century and Center Associate, has been promoted by GE and is now working in Mexico.

Congratulations to Professor Monica Cojocaru of the University of Guelph, Canada and to Professor Patrizia Daniele for their successful research residency with Professor Anna Nagurney at the Rockefeller Foundationís Bellagio Center on Lake Como in Italy last March 2004.

Professor June Dong spent the summer of 2004 in China teaching in the School of Management at Shanghai Normal University. She was supported by a CES-Chow Fellowship from the Gregory and Paula Chow Foundation. Professor Gregory Chow is a Professor of Economics in Princeton.

Dr. Padma Ramanujam has joined the R&D Optimization Group of SAS in Cary, North Carolina. She formerly worked for I2 Technologies in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Stavros Siokos continues as a Managing Director of Citigroup in London and was selected as a guide for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, where he will be spending three weeks.

Congratulations to June Dong and Ding Zhang, whose article, Supply Chain Networks and Electronic Commerce: A Theoretical Perspective, with Anna Nagurney and John Loo, is one of the top 5 downloaded articles in the history of the journal Netnomics.

Congratulations to Jose Cruz and Dmytro Matsypura whose article, Dynamics of Global Supply Chain Supernetworks, with Anna Nagurney was one of the most downloaded articles from Mathematical and Computer Modelling during January to March 2004.

Congratulations to Fuminori Toyasaki whose article, Supply Chain Supernetworks and Environmental Criteria, with Anna Nagurney was one of the 10 most downloaded articles from Transportation Research D!

Congratulations to June Dong and Ding Zhang, whose article, A Supply Chain Network Equilibrium Model, with Anna Nagurney was tied for 6th most downloaded article from Transportation Research E: Logistics and Transportation Review from April 2002 to April 2004!

Congratulations to Fuminori Toyasaki  for being selected to participate in the INFORMS Academic Doctoral Colloquium to be held in Denver, Colorado in October 2004 prior to the INFORMS National Meeting!

Kudos to Friends of the Center!

Kudos to Professor Vicki Bier of the University of Wisconsin, Madison for being part of the team awarded the first Department of Homeland Security Center based at the University of Southern California and led by Professor Randy Hall!

Many congratulations to Professor David E. Boyce, Professor Emeritus of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Visiting Professor at Northwestern University, on being elected an INFORMS Fellow and for receiving the Robert A. Herman Lifetime Achievement Prize in Transportation Science  at the INFORMS National Meeting in Atlanta in 2003.

Congratulations to Professor Kitty Hancock on her move from UMASS to assume the position of Associate Director of the Center for Geospatial Information Technology in Northern Virginia of Virginia Tech!

Congratulations to Professor Eero Kasanen on his reappointment to another five year term as Rector of the Helsinki School of Economics!

Warm regards to Professor Erricos Kontoghiorghes as he moves from the University of Neuchatel to his new position at the School of Business at the University of Cyprus.

Sincerest congratulations to Professor Hani S. Mahmassani of the University of Maryland on his receipt of  the 2004 Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award!

Congratulations to Professor Panos Pardalos from the University of Florida on the occasion of his 50th birthday and the success of the conference in his honor held in Italy in June 2004.

Special congratulations go to John F. Smith, Jr. (UMass '60), the former Chairman and CEO of General Motors, who retired from GM and is now a member of the Board of Directors of Delta Airlines and is serving as Delta's non-executive Chairman. The named chaired professorship that Anna Nagurney holds was endowed by Mr. Smith in honor of his father. 

Last Update: August 20, 2004