The Virtual Center for Supernetworks

Congratulations and Kudos!

As 2010 comes to a close, the Center Director, Professor Anna Nagurney, would like to share some of the highlights of this past year.

Dr. Patrick Qiang was honored with the Charles V. Wootan Award in January 2010 by the Council of University Transportation Centers in Washington DC for his doctoral dissertation, Network Efficiency / Performance Measurement with Vulnerability and Robustness Analysis with Application to Critical Infrastructure. Last March, Dr. Qiang joined me in giving a tutorial on the theme of our book, Fragile Networks: Identifying Vulnerabilities and Synergies in an Uncertain World, at the SBP 2010 Conference at the National Institutes of Health. I then further disseminated our research in my tutorial at the ALIO-INFORMS Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which brought me, for the first time, to the continent of South America.

Center Associate Trisha Woolley (now Anderson) received her PhD in 2010 and assumed her Assistant Professorship at Texas Wesleyan University. Her dissertation title: Sustainable Supply Chains: Multicriteria Decision-Making and Policy Analysis for the Environment. She was my 15th PhD student to graduate and my 6th female.

Center Associate Dr. Tina Wakolbinger received an offer of a Full Professorship from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, a position that she will start next May, having been an Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis since receiving her PhD in 2007.

Two present doctoral students of mine, which are also Center Associates, had notable successes with their research: Min Yu had two papers accepted for publication, including: Supply Chain Network Design for Critical Needs with Outsourcing, co-authored with Patrick Qiang and me, which is in press in the journal Papers in Regional Science. Also, Amir Masoumi completed the paper, with Min and me, entitled: Supply Chain Network Operations Management of a Blood Banking System with Cost and Risk Minimization.

The UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter, that I serve as the Faculty Advisor of, received the Magna Cum Laude Award for its activities at the INFORMS National Meeting in Austin, Texas last November.This is the fourth national award that this chapter has received in the past four years. Doctoral Student Center Associate Nathan Kollett is serving as President of the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter. This semester he helped to organize the trip to the Boston INFORMS Chapter meeting at which I spoke and helped to organize several chapter events, including the party at which the chapter celebrated its Magna Cum Laude Award and the end of the semester party. In addition, he has expanded the chapter's social networking activities by creating both a chapter Facebook account and a Twitter account.

The Network Science conference in Yalta brought me to the country of the birthplace of my parents, Ukraine, whereas the Computational Management Science conference at the University of Vienna brought together so many of my favorite colleagues from around the globe. At both of these conferences I truly enjoyed giving my keynote talks. The organizers did a terrific job in putting together great scientific programs in gorgeous venues.

The Supernetwork Center Associates had a reunion at the INFORMS Austin, Texas conference, which took place November 7-10, 2010. In attendance were: Professor Dmytro Matsypura of the University of Sydney, Professor Patrick Qiang of Penn State Malvern, Professor Zugang Liu of Penn State Hazleton, Professor Trisha Anderson, Professor Jose Cruz of the University of Connecticut, Professor Tina Wakolbinger, and Dr. Padma Ramanujam of SAS.

Center Associate Professor June Dong was instrumental in spearheading the 2011 IEEE Conference on Supernetworks and System Management that will take place in Shanghai May 29-30. I will be giving a keynote speech at this conference as will Professor Dong. Dr. Patrick Qiang is serving on the program committee of this conference.

Professor Zugang "Leo" Liu and I had the paper, Supply Chain Outsourcing Under Exchange Rate Risk and Competition, accepted for publication in the journal Omega.

Congratulations are also in order to Drs. Patrick Qiang and Trisha Anderson! Their paper, Multiproduct Supply Chain Horizontal Network Integration: Models, Theory, and Computational Results, co-authored with me, was selected by the editors as a leading article in International Transactions in Operational Research (2010), 17, 333-349.

Other publications and notable achievements of Center Associates can be found on this supernetworks website.

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Last Update: December 31, 2010

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