The Virtual Center for Supernetworks

Congratulations and Kudos!

As we pass the 2006 mark, I would like to congratulate the Center Associates on their many exciting activities and achievements and to highlight a few of them below. I would also like to thank them for their wonderful contributions to the Virtual Center for Supernetworks!

Anna Nagurney, Director
Congratulations to Center Associates!

Professor Jose Cruz of the School of Business at the University of Connecticut at Storrs was awarded the 2004 Best Paper Award for the paper, "International Financial Networks with Intermediation: Modeling, Analysis, and Computations," joint with A. Nagurney, which was published in the journal Computational Management Science (2003), 1, pp. 31-58.

Professor Ke "Grace " Ke received her doctorate in ceremonies at UMASS Amherst in May 2005 and is enjoying her second year as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas in Monticello. Dr. Ke's doctoral dissertation title was: "Statics and Dynamics of Complex Network Systems: Supply Chain Analysis and Financial Networks with Intermediation." Papers based on her research have appeared in Quantitative Finance, Environment & Planning B, with another one forthcoming in European Journal of Operational Research.

Dr. Fuminori Toyasaki defended his doctoral dissertation in August 2005 with a major in Management Science and a minor in Resource Economics and received his PhD in Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in September 2005. He is now a Research Associate at the School of Management at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is researching closed loop supply chains and continuing his research in electronic waste recycling. His doctoral dissertation title was: "A Unified Complex Network Framework for Environmental Decision-Making with Applications to Green Logistics and Electronic Waste Recycling." Papers based on his dissertation have appeared in Transportation Research D and Transportation Research E.

Zugang "Leo" Liu had his first paper accepted in a refereed journal, Transportation Research D. The paper is entitled, "Modeling Generator Power Plant Portfolios and Pollution Taxes in Electric Power Supply Chain Networks: A Transportation Network Equilibrium Transformation," joint with Kai Wu of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of UMASS Amherst, Professor Anna Nagurney, and Professor John K. Stranlund of the Department of Resource Economics at UMASS Amherst.

Congratulations to Tina Wakolbinger, who along with Professor Dietrich Braess and Professor Anna Nagurney, translated the classic Braess (1968) paper which contains the paradox named after him. The translation appeared in the journal Transportation Science, 39, pp. 446-450 (2005). The translation is accompanied by a Preface written by Professors Anna Nagurney and David Boyce.

Tina Wakolbinger was accepted and participated in the Future Academician's Colloquium at the INFORMS National Meeting held in San Francisco, California in mid-November 2005.

The Student Associates are well-represented as Officers of the UMASS Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter for the 2005-2006 year! Zugang Liu was elected President; Patrick Qiang was elected Vice-President, and Trisha Woolley was elected Chapter Secretary. Tina Wakolbinger (president of the chapter for 2004-2005) continues to serve as the Chapter Representative and as a contact for the UMASS Amherst INFORMS Seminar Series in Operations Research/Management Science. The Student Chapter is very successful and its Faculty Advisor, Professor Anna Nagurney, was honored to receive a Moving Spirit Award from INFORMS on November 15, 2005 at the National Meeting in San Francisco for her work with the chapter. She was nominated by the students.

Maxfield Raynolds, an Undergraduate Center Associate for 2004-2005, received his undergraduate degree with a major in Operations Management from UMASS Amherst in May 2005 and was honored by Chancellor John Lombardi with a Leaders for the 21st Century Award. He was one of only about a dozen students so recognized.

Congratulations to Professor Monica-Gabriela  Cojocaru of the University of Guelph, Canada and to Professor Patrizia Daniele who will be joining Professor Anna Nagurney for part of the Spring 2006 term while she is on sabbatical leave from UMASS Amherst and is a Science Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in Cambridge. One paper based on their collaboration, stemming from their March 2004 Bellagio Research Team Residency sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, has appeared in the Journal of Optimization Theory and its Applications and another one is in press in the European Journal of Operational Research.

Kudos to Friends of the Center!

The Center Director would like to thank Professor David Boyce for co-organizing two sessions at the INFORMS National Meeting in San Francisco in November 2005 marking the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Studies of the Economics of Transportation, co-authored by Martin Beckmann, Bart McGuire, and the late Chris Winsten. Both Professors Beckmann and McGuire attended the standing-room only sessions as did their spouses. More information on the impact of this classic book can be found in the paper, "A Retrospective on Beckmann, McGuire, and Winsten's Studies in the Economics of Transportation," by Professors David Boyce, Hani S. Mahmassani, and Anna Nagurney that appeared in Papers in Regional Science, 84,  pp. 85-103 (2005).

Kudos and congratulations to Professor Panos M. Pardalos and Dr. M. G. C. Resende for editing the massive volume, entitled,  Handbook of Optimization in Telecommunications, published by Springer in 2006!

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Last Update: January 28, 2006

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