As we near the 2007
mark, I wanted to share some highlights and accomplishments of our
Center Associates and Friends from the past year with you. This past
year has certainly been an amazing one and I thank you for your support!
With best wishes to everyone for 2007!
Congratulations to Center
2006 was a year with many achievements, attained through hard work and
terrific esprit de corps!
Congratulations to Professor Jose M. Cruz, of the School of Business at
the University of Connecticut, Storrs, for the publication of his
paper, joint with Tina Wakolbinger and Professor Anna Nagurney,
entitled, "Financial Engineering of the Integration of Global Supply
Chain Networks and Social Networks with Risk Management," in volume 53
(2006) of the journal "Naval Research Logistics." Also, congratulations
to Professor Cruz upon the acceptance of his paper on corporate social
responsibility by the journal "European Journal of Operational
Center Associate, Professor Patrizia Daniele of the University of
Catania, Italy, who had her book, "Dynamic Networks and Evolutionary
Variational Inequalities," published in 2006 by Edward Elgar
Publishing! Professor Daniele was also a Visiting Scholar in the Spring
of 2006 in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard
University and collaborated with Professor Anna Nagurney, who was a
2005-2006 Science Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard. They
were joined, for part of the time, by Professor Monica-Gabriela
Cojocaru of the University of Guelph in Canada.
Bravo to Professor
June Dong of SUNY Oswego, who has been awarded the
SUNY (State University of New York) President's Award for Creative and
Scholarly Activity for 2006! This is an award across the entire State
University System and an amazing recognition for her research and
scholarly contributions! Professor Dong received the award at
commencement ceremonies in December, 2006.
Congratulations to doctoral students, Zugang Liu and Trisha Woolley, on
the publication of their paper, co-authored with Professor Nagurney,
"Optimal Endogenous Carbon Taxes for Electric Power Supply Chains with
Power Plants," that appears in "Mathematical and Computer Modelling,"
volume 44 (2006), pp. 899-916. In addition, their paper, also
co-authored with Professor Nagurney, entitled, "Sustainable Supply
Chain Networks and Transportation," will be published in the inaugural
issue of the new journal "International Journal of Sustainable
Transportation" in 2007. Congratulations also to Zugang Liu for
being selected and taking part in the Future Academicians Colloquium
preceding the 2006 Annual INFORMS Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA in
November, 2006! Both Trisha and Leo, as well as Tina Wakolbinger, gave
presentations at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, as did Center Associate,
Dr. Fuminori Toyasaki of McGill University, and Professor Jose M. Cruz.
Congratulations to doctoral student, Qiang "Patrick" Qiang, for helping
to host, along with other Doctoral Student Center Associates, Emmanuel
Agyei, Zugang Liu, Tina Wakolbinger, and Trisha Woolley, the visit of
Professor Werner Rothengatter from the University of Karlsruhe,
Germany, as part of the UMass Exchange with universities in Germany.
The visit was funded through the UMass President's office. The doctoral
student associates gave excellent presentations to Professor
Rothengatter in the form of a mini-workshop. Patrick was elected Vice
President of the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter and Trisha is
serving as the Speaker Series Coordinator for 2006-2007.
In Fall 2006, we were honored to have Dr. Robin Lougee-Heimer of IBM,
Professor Bill Hogan of Harvard, Professor Cynthia Barnhart of MIT, Dr.
Les Servi of MIT/Lincoln Labs, and Professors Andrew McCallum and Nate
Whitaker of UMass Amherst speak in the Series!
Congratulations to Dr. Stavros Siokos, Managing Director of Citigroup
in London, for his exceptional success in the financial services
industry and for giving an outstanding seminar, "Financial Engineering
- A Sell Side Perspective," on November 30, 2006, at the Isenberg
School of Management, UMass Amherst, as a "Distinguished Alum!"
Congratulations to Tina Wakolbinger, who successfully defended her
doctoral dissertation proposal, "A Dynamic Theory for the Integration
of Social and Economic Networks with Applications to Supply Chain and
Financial Networks," in May, 2006. In November 2006, Tina's
contributions to the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter were
acknowledged with her receipt of the Judith Liebman Award for her
service to the Chapter. Tina not only served as the President of the
Chapter from 2004-2005 but also as the Speaker Series Coordinator from
2004-2005 and 2005-2006. Tina received the award on November 7, 2006,
at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, held in Pittsburgh, PA.
Congratulations to Professor Ding Zhang of SUNY Oswego, who has been
appointed the MBA Director at the School of Business there!
Kudos to Friends of the
Congratulations to Professor Mark S. Daskin of Northwestern University
for completing his term as the President of INFORMS! Under his
leadership, INFORMS had the best attendance at its Annual Meeting (in
Pittsburgh in November, 2006), and President Daskin had the bold vision
to appoint the Ad-Hoc Committee on Diversity, which Professor Nagurney
chaired. Professor Daskin's contributions to INFORMS as a society have
Bravo to Professor Erricos Kontoghiorghes and Cristian Gatu for the
publication of their edited volume, "Optimisation, Econometric and
Financial Analysis," just published by Springer!
Kudos to Professor Antonino Maugeri of the University of Catania,
Italy, for co-hosting the 44th Workshop on Variational Analysis and
PDEs in Erice, Sicily in July 2006! It was a fantastic workshop and
Center Associates Professors Patrizia Daniele, Monica-Gabriela
Cojocaru, and Professor Anna Nagurney also took part and gave invited
talks as did, Friend of the Center, Professor Panos Pardalos.
Congratulations to Professor David Parkes of Harvard University for the
success of the Exploratory Seminar on Dynamic Networks, held at the
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, October 20-21, 2006.
It was a very stimulating and intellectually rewarding seminar and the
Center Associates and Center Director truly enjoyed the experience!
Congratulations also for co-authoring the paper with Professors Daniele
and Nagurney, "The Internet, Evolutionary Variational Inequalities, and
the Time-Dependent Braess Paradox," which is in press in the journal,
"Computational Management Science!"
Kudos to Professor Panos Pardalos of the University of Florida,
Gainesville, for being elected an INFORMS Fellow in 2006! We salute
your boundless energy and scientific contributions!
Kudos to Professor Berc Rustem of Imperial College, London, who was
distinctly honored in 2006 with a special issue of the journal,
"Computational Economics," dedicated in his honor. The volume was
presented to Professor Rustem at the CEF 2006 Conference, held in
Limassol, Cyprus in June 2006.
Congratulations to Professor Nathaniel "Nate" Whitaker of the
Department of Mathematics/Statistics at UMass Amherst for receiving the
President's Award for Public Service on December 8, 2006 from President
Jack Wilson in ceremonies in Boston, MA. Professor Whitaker was
recognized for his extensive contributions in mentoring minority
students in mathematics.
Bravo, bravo, bravissimo to Professor Daoli Zhu of Fudan University in
Shanghai, China, for being awarded the Fudan Premium Fund Prize in
Management in 2006 for his extraordinary contributions to Management
Science in China (and beyond)! Professor Nagurney was honored to serve
on the prize selection committee in August 2006 in Shanghai.
January 2006 Congratulations and Kudos!
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