Fall 2009 UMASS Amherst
Operations Research / Management Science Seminar Series

Date: Friday, September 18, 2009

Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Isenberg School of Management, Room 128

Speaker: Dr. Mary Helander

Mathematical Sciences Department
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Yorktown Heights, NY

Biography: Dr. Mary Helander is Math Scientist with the Mathematical Sciences Department at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. Her current research involves the development of Social Network Analytics (SNA) to solve business problems related to information and communication networks of people. Mary has more than 20 years of combined industry and academic experience in operations research, optimal network and transportation planning, software engineering and supply chain management. Prior to joining IBM Research in 2003, Dr. Helander led the Supply Chain - Transportation System Management implementation group for IBM’s Business Innovation Services. She has led and participated in nearly 20 client projects related to design and implementation of operations research solutions, using both package and custom approaches, spanning industrial, distribution, public and communications sectors. Prior to work at IBM, Mary was the Director of the Applied Software Engineering Lab at Linköping University in Sweden, where she was a faculty member of the Computer and Information Science Department and a Research Fellow with the Department of Mechanical Engineering / Quality Technology Group. In addition to her involvement with software development for operations research applications, Dr. Helander has taught advanced software engineering, information systems and operations research courses and has performed academic research in these areas. Her publications include articles in: IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Networks, Transportation Science, Software Quality Journal, Empirical Software Engineering, and Computers and Industrial Engineering.

Dr. Helander earned a B.A. in CIS and Mathematics from the State University of New York at Potsdam, an M.S. in IE/OR from Syracuse University, a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University at Buffalo, and a Docent in Quality Technology and Software Engineering from Linköping University.

Title: Food Safety in a Global Supply Chain
Abstract: Recent crises in the food industry have focused industry, government, and consumer attention to the need for food safety. These crises primarily involve both contamination, where bacteria, mold, or other harmful organisms enter the food manufacturing and distribution processes, and adulteration, where man-made or natural additives are introduced to an otherwise healthy food product. This seminar focuses on food safety from the perspective of supply chain risk management. Efficient and effective management across a global network requires systematic process monitoring, technology enabled data collection, new and unique forms of trading partner collaboration, and the application of advanced analytics to move from reactive to proactive food safety assurance.
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.