Fall 2008 UMASS Amherst
Operations Research / Management Science Seminar Series

Date: Friday, October 3, 2008

Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Isenberg School of Management, Room 112

Speaker: Dr. Grace Y. Lin

IBM Distinguished Engineer and Member of IBM Academy of Technology
CTO & Director, Innovation and Emerging Solutions, PS SCM,
IBM Global Business Services
Yorktown Heights, NY
Biography: Dr. Grace Lin is the Chief Technology Officer and the Director of Innovation and Emerging Solutions for Public Sector Supply Chain Management, IBM Global Business Services (GBS), an IBM Distinguished Engineer, a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, and an INFORMS Fellow. Prior to her work with IBM GBS, she served as a Senior Manager and led the Supply Chain Management and e-Business Optimization research at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
Dr. Lin initiated IBM’s Sense-and-Respond Value Net efforts and founded the IBM Value Chain Innovation Center. She led her team to win the 1999 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award – the top honor in OR/MS in Practice—for saving IBM $750M with their Extended Enterprise Management transformation.  She was listed as one of the six ”Supply Chain Gurus” in Forrester’s 2002 SCM Report and served on the “Thinking with the Gurus” Panel in the 2004 eAsia Forum.

Dr. Lin has co-authored more than 50 technical articles and six patents, with another five pending. She is a frequent speaker at various international conferences, universities and company sessions. She has twice been elected VP Practice, INFORMS. She served as Conference Chair for both INFORMS’ 2003 and 2004 ORMS in Practice, and IEEE’s 2006 SOLI Conference. Dr. Lin has served on the editorial boards of Operations Research, M&SOM, IJBPIM, and IJSOI, on National Science Foundation panels in the US, Canada, and Ireland, as well as on a number of university boards/panels. Dr. Lin and her team’s advanced work have been recognized in such publications as Forbes Magazine, China News, Information Week, INFORMS News, ComputerGram, Electronic Buyer, Computer Reseller, Stanford Supply Chain Forum Newsletter, Forrester, and CNET.

Dr. Lin received an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. She also received an M.S. and a B.S. in Mathematics from Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan.

TITLE: Enterprise of the Future
Abstract: What does the Enterprise of the Future look like? How will new business models and new technology impact the Enterprise of the Future? Based on a recent study and more than 1000 interviews of CEOs and Public Sector leaders that IBM conducted, the Enterprise of the Future is:

•  hungry for change, optimistic  and prepared for bold action,
• successful in collaborating with customers and partners to innovate – for business and for society,
• choosing global business designs to re-mix capabilities and disrupt entire industries.

In this talk, Dr. Grace Lin will share the insights IBM gained from the above-mentioned CEO study. She will discuss emerging trends and advances in business models and technologies and how they can be leveraged to accelerate the transformation of the enterprise of the future to gain competitive advantages and to address growing corporate social responsibility expectations. She will also discuss some advances in value-net optimization and real-time business performance management and their impact on the enterprises of today and future.
This series is organized by the UMASS Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter. Support for this series is provided by the Isenberg School of Management, the Department of Finance and Operations Management, INFORMS, and the John F. Smith Memorial Fund.

Dr. Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management in the Isenberg School of Management,  is the Faculty Advisor of the Speaker Series.