Thursday, February 15, 2018

Puerto Rico and the Response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria - A Truly Inspiring Lecture by a MEMA Official

Today the students in my Humanitarian Logistics and Healthcare class at the Isenberg School had the great honor and privilege of hearing from a consummate professional and practitioner - Mr. Patrick Carnevale of MEMA (Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency). Mr. Carnevale presented a guest lecture in my class entitled, Puerto Rico 2017: Hurricanes Irma and Maria. He spoke about the weeks that he spent there in October assisting in the extremely challenging response.

His presentation was, honestly, lifechanging to all those in the audience. In fact, I just received a long email from a student in the class who wrote what is a beautiful tribute to him, and I quote just a part of it below:

The talk by Mr. Carnevale this morning was really touching and inspirational. It is not often that one encounters people like him who take pride in the work they do and are so emotionally attached because they care so much about the well-being of  the less fortunate. 

As an international student at UMass, since my first day, I have seen the country go through a major transformation (for the worse), but hearing Patrick today restores some faith in the good people that we are surrounded by and shows that there is some hope for the country as long as we have people like him working for us!

Mr. Carnevale has worked for MEMA for 17 years and he said that the hurricanes hitting Puerto Rico was the "most difficult" disaster to be part of. He worked 7 days a week there, 14 hours a day, and slept on an Italian cruise ship (don't ask him about the food or accommodations, a photo of the latter he shared with us), which was housing 2,500 of the responders. Puerto Rico in September had 3.4 million people and the temperature there was about 84 degrees with high humidity. The rainy season is April to November so the responders also had to deal with that. There are now 35,000 Puerto Ricans leaving the island monthly with the highest number of families now living in Massachusetts with additional challenges because of the housing stock and schools.

46% of the people in Puerto Rico lived in poverty even before the multiple hurricane strike. Moreover, the infrastructure already was subpar from the electric power networks to the roads and bridges.
Mr. Carnevale told us how the San Juan Convention Center was taken over by the federal government and served as a joint field office.. Although he stated that the coordination was OK, he found the bureaucratic forms and paperwork very much slowed down the delivery of the supplies, assuming that you could even find the contacts. He said that it took 3 days to schedule a mission because of this. In the field there were 1,500 representatives from the military, Homeland Security, VOADS, and urban search and rescue folks, and he was also in the field.

His mission was to lead  the central island coordination task force. MEMA was the second group on-site and he mentioned that the military had 180 helicopters, with the big ones able to carry 6 pallets of goods. There were many isolated communities to which trucks could not deliver baby supplies, food, water, and medicines. He spoke of a very useful federal app, known as MAGE,  that was helpful in mapping route disruptions, destroyed bridges, etc. His mission coordinated 587 flights and 32 ground trips.
The challenges the responders faced were immense and included challenges in communications: dealing with language barriers, limited cell phone services, and sporadic functioning of satellite phones because of congestion. Additional challenges were the constantly changing environmental conditions with new landslides and bridge outages.

He shared with us experiences and insights that you do not read about in the media and that were incredibly eye-opening!

He also spoke of the successes from relationship building to the delivery of supplies. ATM machines were not functioning so many responders carried cash and Mr. Carnevale also took part in "extraordinary examples of altruism" as my student so brilliantly wrote after hearing him speak today.
We thank Mr. Patrick Carnevale from the bottom of our hearts for his extraordinary work and that of his team and for his great humanity and for sharing his experiences and wisdom with us today. He is a true Humanitarian Hero!

And this afternoon, he was in Boston meeting with the Governor and Lt. Governor.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Brilliant Lecture on Healthcare and Operations Research by Dr. Hari Balasubramanian

Yesterday, Professor Hari Balasubramanian of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at UMass Amherst kicked off our Spring 2018 UMass Amherst INFORMS Speaker Series.  His lecture: Care Coordination for Complex, High-Utilizing Patients: The Camden Coalition Experience was brilliant.
The announcement for his talk even made the UMass Amherst homepage!
The UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter President, Deniz Besik, introduced him, although to many he did not need an introduction given his renown as an educator and also as a researcher, having received an NSF CAREER Award. Before joining the faculty at UMass Amherst in 2008, Dr. Balasubramanian spent two years as a postdoc at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
Dr. Balasubramanian began his talk with excellent motivation including that he first became familiar with the Camden Coalition project through a video report by Dr. Atul Gawande (I am a huge fan of his books) on doctor hotspots, which is a must see. Dr. Balasubramanian contacted the Coalition and then began working with them and using what is being called the most detailed dataset in healthcare. The data is granular, time data. He shared with us that 1% of the top "spending" patients account for 25-30% of the total costs. There is a very skewed structure - a minority of the patients experience multiple hospitalizations - higher hospitalizations account for higher costs. He spoke about patients being on 17 different medicines and how the outcome for many of these patients does not improve. Some of this is due to poor coordination of care and after care. Their care is fragmented and there had not been enough studies done on the associated time effort.

Dr. Balasubramanian's lecture was in three parts: patient trajectories, learning and prediction, and workload and staffing (perfect for operations research to address via queuing and capacity planning). The Camden Coalition consists of nurses as well as social workers and community health workers. The dataset has data on 531 patients and 331 have "graduated" from this program. The patient's trajectory begins when the patient agrees to an "intervention" and the trajectories are also mapped and time stamped (with icons that were very effective). A patient "graduates" when he/she is "self-reliant".

Dr. Balasubramanian detailed numerous research questions, such as what are the links between workload of the providers and the high-utilizing care patient outcomes. He also described some of the approaches to investigation, including the use of machine learning, and decision trees and random forests (which generated a lot of questions from the audience), and, of course, beautiful classical and advanced queuing theory! The work is with partners at the Camden Coalition and his doctoral student, Ekin Koker, a very active UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter member and former Webmaster!
His talk was an exemplar of Doing Good with Great Operations Research. He is also working now in Holyoke, Massachusetts, which has some of the healthcare shortcomings as Camden had and still has.

We had a lovely lunch at the UMass Amherst University Club after his lecture.
To celebrate his great talk the group of six shared four desserts, including the one below.
Afterwards, Dr. Balasubramanian was interviewed in the Supernetworks Lab at the Isenberg School for a video that the chapter will be positing on its youtube channel soon, a fabulous initiative begun this year. See the interview with Dr. Renata Konrad by Deniz Besik here. Also, see the interview with Dr. Dmytro Matsypura by Pritha Dutta.

A HUGE thanks to Professor Balsubramanian for all his time and efforts for speaking to us and from the great work that he and his team are doing in Operations Research and Healthcare!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Good News Keeps on Coming!

The life of an academic is never dull and what I especially enjoy is the good news that arrives!

Last night I heard from my 16th PhD student, Dr. Min Yu, who received her PhD from UMass Amherst in 2012, with a concentration in Management Science, that she had been awarded promotion to Associate Professor and tenure at the Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland in beautiful Oregon. This is a big milestone and we are all thrilled for her! Dr. Yu was not only my PhD student (I have chaired 20 PhD dissertations to completion) but we continue to collaborate on a variety of supply chain network problems from food to sustainability. And just this past week, with a present doctoral student of mine, Deniz Besik, we completed a paper, "Dynamics of Quality as a Strategic Variable in Complex Food Supply Chain Network Competition: The Case of Fresh Produce," and submitted it to a special issue of a journal (and we met the deadline). This paper we will be presenting at the NEDSI conference in Providence, Rhode Island (I have a soft spot for this city since I have 4 degrees from Brown University) and it is beautiful there in April. Another doctoral student of mine, Pritha Dutta, will also present at this conference and the title of that paper is: "Supply Chain Network Competition Among Blood Service Organizations: A Generalized Nash Equilibrium Framework."

Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed for a radio segment by Karen Brown: 'Critical' Blood Shortage Comes Down To Weather, Flu And Supply Chain, which aired on NEPR and several other state public radio stations. It is gratifying when research that one does can impact practice.

We received a contract from Springer to edit the volume: Dynamics of Disasters: Algorithmic Approaches and Applications, which is shaping up nicely with multiple papers now in the revised, accepted, or being reviewed stages. I am co-editing this volume (as I did the one published in 2016) with Professors Ilias S. Kotsireas and Panos M. Pardalos and my co-authors and I have revised our paper,  A Variational Equilibrium Network Framework for Humanitarian Organizations in Disaster Relief: Effective Product Delivery Under Competition for Financial Funds, Anna Nagurney, Patrizia Daniele, Emilio Alvarez Flores, Valeria Caruso, and it is now accepted.

This week we published the 2018 Winter edition of The Supernetwork Sentinel, which is the newsletter of the Supernetwork Center at the Isenberg School that I founded in 2001 and continue to direct. This newsletter, as well as all previous ones, can be downloaded here.

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It is amazing, if I may say so, what the Supernetwork Team accomplished in the past few months and all the wonderful activities and events on the horizon!

This week we also heard that Dr. Burcu Balcik, renowned in humanitarian logistics, will be coming to speak in our UMass Amherst INFORMS Speaker Series on March 30, and we are thrilled and delighted. Our first speaker will be Professor Hari Balasubramanian, who will speak on February 9, followed by Professor Jim Orlin of MIT on February 23, Dr. Les Servi on March 23, and Dr. Davit Khachatryan on April 20! On several of the "remaining" Fridays I will be giving talks at WPI, in Italy, Switzerland, and Wisconsin.

Plus, I am teaching my Humanitarian Logistics and Healthcare class this semester and I am also hosting multiple Guest Speakers as Professor for a Day! Today, we had Mr. Jeff Hescock, who is the UMass Interim Executive Director of Environmental Health & Safety plus the Director of Emergency Management and Business Continuity, speak and he was amazing! Below is a photo taken after his lecture.
In this class will have also other guest speakers (the response to my invitations has been tremendous and I am so grateful) who have worked for (or are presently employed by) MEMA, BayStateHealth, Doctors without Borders, and UMass Amherst, and additional speakers on Disaster Communications and other topics.
And, this week, I was honored to again assume the position of being the PhD Coordinator for Management Science at the Isenberg School, a position that I held for over a decade. I thank my colleague, Professor Ahmed Ghoniem, for his excellent service in his capacity as the Coordinator for the past few years. Doctoral students are essential to the vibrancy and intellectual energy and productivity of a great research university such as UMass Amherst!

We have also been very busy working on a big proposal to the National Science Foundation on a truly exciting, multidisciplinary project and it is super to also be part of this team.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Collection of Advice on How to Get an Academic Tenure Track Job

Since now is a busy time in the academic job application submitting/interviewing/offer making cycle I thought it would be worthwhile to provide a compilation of job search and interview tips that I have collected and written about on this blog over the years. And, later this month, I will be marking 9 years of blogging, which is a big milestone!

I have chaired 20 doctoral dissertations and placed all students well, and, most importantly, almost unanimously they have all thrived and are very successful in their chosen careers. Plus, I have chaired multiple search committees, and served on others, so I do have a lot of experience on this topic. Sometimes, honestly, I wish we could have hired all those candidates that we interviewed!

This year I believe is one with a very dynamic job market for those seeking academic positions in operations research / management science / operations management (and related disciplines), so it is an especially exciting time.

Below is information on specific job-related blogposts that I have written over the past few years with additional tips and even presentations posted in each.
  • In the blogpost: Faculty Job Candidates need to be Resilient - Some Helpful Tips I emphasize that:  One has to be energetic, positive, and enthusiastic because the department is looking for a colleague and you are also being evaluated on how good of a fit you will be in terms of research, teaching, service, and collegiality! I believe that this advice has stood the test of time and is extremely relevant. The blogpost also contains a link to an excellent presentation that one of my former doctoral students, Dr. Jose M. Cruz, entitled: "The Myths and Facts of How to Get a Tenure Track Academic Job and How to Get Tenure" . Dr. Cruz is now a tenured Associate Professor at the School of Business at the University of Connecticut.
  • In the blogpost: Tips on How to Get an Academic Job at a Business or Engineering School,  which was based on a UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter panel,  The Process of Apply for and Securing and Academic Job, I summarized the highlights of the discussions. I also included a link to the presentation given by my former doctoral student, Dr. Amir H. Masoumi, now an Assistant Professor at Manhattan College. 
  • Another blogpost with lots of great advice was also based on a panel at the Isenberg School of Management: Getting that Dream Academic Job - What We Learned from Isenberg School Panelists.
  • And, in the blogpost (one of my most accessed ones): How to Ace the Second and the First Interview for an Academic Faculty Position, I include some useful links from The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Searching for an academic job, applying, interviewing, and then waiting for the outcome, plus deliberating and negotiating to secure the best possible offer, all take time, but the destination makes this journey very worthwhile.  Best of luck in your job search!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

What I Am Very Much Looking Forward to in 2018!

We are in the New Year and the frigid temperatures in the Northeast USA with a pending major snowstorm make this a good time to reflect on what to look forward to in 2018.

There is much on the horizon to be excited about and thinking of all of these forthcoming events and projects is warming me today!

I just signed off on a contract with Springer to produce another edited volume on Dynamics of Disasters, which I am co-editing with my great colleagues, Professor Ilias S. Kotsireas of Wilfrid Laurier University and Professor Panos M. Pardalos of the University of Florida. This volume is a followup to our conference in Kalamata, Greece last summer and already we have some terrific contributions, all of which will be refereed. We had previously published a Springer volume in 2016 based on our conference in 2015 but, given the number of disasters, as well as the associated challenges for both researchers and practitioners, another volume is clearly warranted. Plus, working on this volume is very synergistic with the course: Humanitarian Logistics and Healthcare that I will, again, be teaching this spring at the Isenberg School and am very excited about.

This will be a very busy, event-packed semester. As part of the UMass Amherst INFORMS Speaker Series we will be hosting Professor Hari Balasubramanian of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UMass Amherst on February 9. Professor Balasubramanian is an expert on healthcare and we are very much looking forward to having him kickoff our "spring" semester Speaker Series. Then, on February 23, 2017,  I am thrilled that Professor Jim Orlin of the Sloan School at MIT will be the guest speaker. Professor Orlin is renowned for his work on networks and is an INFORMS Fellow and I (and the students) are delighted that he will be coming to Isenberg! On March 23, 2017, we will welcome Dr. Les Servi of Mitre Corp, who will be speaking in our series. Dr. Servi is an INFORMS Fellow and one of the most active INFORMS members that I know. We are eagerly awaiting his visit and presentation. We are also finalizing a speaking date for Dr. Davit Khachatryan, an Isenberg PhD alum in Management Science, who has worked at PWC and is now at Babson College.  The UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter started a fabulous initiative last semester of interviewing our speakers and posting the interviews on youtube. We hope to continue this new tradition this semester.

Given that I am the Faculty Advisor of the wonderful UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter I try to be present at all the speakers' talks and host the lunches as well. This always requires some juggling but as operations researchers we tend to be experts at scheduling. Below is a photo of this year's Chapter Officers and several members.

On February 16, 2018, I will be speaking at the Foisie School of Business at WPI, and was invited by my former doctoral student, Dr. Sara Saberi, who is now a professor there. She has terrific colleagues and I am looking forward to speaking there very much.

On February 24, 2018, the Isenberg Women in Business Conference will take place, always one of my favorite Isenberg events, which has become an annual tradition. The speakers, panelists, discussions plus lunch and snacks are all amazing!

And, on March 8-9, 2018, I will be a keynote speaker at the Vinepa conference in Italy and will speak on cybercrime and cybersecurity.
That will begin my "spring break" which will also include giving lectures at Lancaster University in England!

On April 6, 2018, I will be at the University of Wisconsin Madison to speak in the colloquium series at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. What a marvelous group of speakers this department has lined up and I am deeply honored to be part of their series.

I may have one or two conferences in April - still undecided as to whether I will be going or will have doctoral students go.

In early May, it will be that joyful time of year in which we see our students obtain their degrees at the Isenberg School and UMass Amherst graduation ceremonies - a true highlight of academic and personal achievements  as well as a very celebratory time for all concerned.

And, on May 16-18, 2018, I will be giving a keynote at the Swiss Transport Research Conference in idyllic Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland. The conference organizers are flying me business class and providing accommodations for a week, which is humbling, to say the least.

The summer will be busy with other opportunities, conferences, and, of course, a lot of research and mentoring of students, and, come Fall, the wonderful academic cycle will begin anew. September 11-13, 2018, OR60 is taking place at Lancaster University in England  and I will be one of three plenary speakers. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

It Was a Great Operations Research Year!

As the New 2018 Year approaches, and the holidays are behind us, it is only fitting to reflect on the past year.

It was a great Operations Research Year!

When I look back, some of the highlights that come to mind, and also bring on a big smile, include:

  •  Seeing my 19th PhD student, Sara Saberi, receive her PhD at UMass Amherst commencement ceremonies:

  • Celebrating with my former Isenberg School undergrad OIM student Karen Li, on her receipt of the 21st Century Leaders Award from UMass Amherst, and then having our paper published in Operations Research for Health Care. Joining Karen and me in the photo below are: Isenberg Dean Mark A. Fuller, Amherst Fire Chief Tim Nelson, and Associate Dean of Engineering Tilman Wolf.

  • Having dinner at the UMass Club in beautiful Boston last summer with 3 recipients of the INFORMS Judith Liebman Award: Dr. Amir H. Masoumi, Dr. Michael Prokle, and to be Dr. Thiago Serra:

  • Spending 2 months as a Summer Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and getting to see many students (present and former), colleagues, and even relatives while living and working in Cambridge again; below I am with two of my doctoral students: Deniz Besik and Pritha Dutta.
  • Having my 20th PhD student, Shivani Shukla, successfully defend her PhD, and assume a tenure track Assistant Professorship in California: 

Enjoying speaking and seeing many friends and former students at numerous conferences including the humanitarian operations one in Vienna, Austria  (organized by my former doctoral student, Professor Tina Wakolbinger), the Dynamics of Disasters one that I co-organized with Professors Panos M. Pardalos and Illias S. Kotsireas in Kalamata, Greece, the fabulous IFORS conference in Quebec City, and the INFORMS one, which amazingly took place and was very successfully not that long after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston:


It was also a tremendous year for research for our supernetworks group with multiple publications in journals, interviews, and also publications in the popular press and interviews in the media.

And, of course, it was truly special to see our great UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter being recognized with the Magna Cum Laude Award at the INFORMS Conference in Houston!

I wonder what kind of Operations Research adventures and discoveries 2018 will bring!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Congratulations and Kudos to the Supernetwork Team at the Isenberg School of Management

Every year, at this time, as the Center Director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks, I prepare a Congratulations and Kudos to the Supernetwork Team.
2017 was a fabulous year for the Supernetwork Team, one in which we continued to have a global reach and impact! It gives me great pleasure to highlight below some of the accomplishments and achievements of the Center Associates of the Virtual Center for Supernetwork in the past year.
Congratulations to Center Associate Dr. Patrizia Daniele of the University of Catania in Italy on her promotion to Full Professor! Also, it is not very often that there is a paper with 4 female co-authors. I was delighted that the paper, "Cybersecurity Investments with Nonlinear Budget Constraints and Conservation Laws: Variational Equilibrium, Marginal Expected Utilities, and Lagrange Multipliers," co-authored with Gabriella Colajanni, Dr. Patrizia Daniele, and Dr. Sofia Giuffre,  is now in press in the International Transactions in Operational Research. Dr. Daniele took part in the 3rd Dynamics of Disasters conference,  in early July, 2017 in Kalamata, Greece, and jointly presented a paper with Emilio Alvarez-Flores, a former undergraduate Isenberg School alum, a student of Dr. Daniele's, Valeria Caruso, and me, on game theory and disaster relief.

It was a pleasure co-organizing the Dynamics of Disasters conference with Dr. Ilias Kotsireas from the Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada and Dr. Panos M. Pardalos of the University of Florida. Also speaking at this conference were Center Associates: Dr. Dmytro Matsypura of the University of Sydney in Australia, whose recent paper, "Wildfire Fuel Management: Network-based Models and Optimization of Prescribed Burning," co-authored with Dr. Oleg Prokopyev of the University of Pittsburgh,  was published in the European Journal of Operational Research, and Dr. Ladimer S. Nagurney of the University of Hartford, who spoke on disaster communications. We had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Matsypura at the Isenberg School, his PhD alma mater,  through the UMass Amherst INFORMS Speakers Series on November 3, since he was on sabbatical this Fall.

Also presenting at the Dynamics of Disasters conference was Timo Gossler, a doctoral student of Center Associate Dr. Tina Wakolbinger of the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. Dr. Wakolbinger was the organizer of the fabulous 2017 EURO HOpe conference, which focused on humanitarian operations and which took place at her university, shortly before the Dynamics of Disasters conference.

Center Associate Dr. Stavros Siokos, who is the Managing Partners of Astarte Capital Partners, based in London, England, deserves a big congratulations! His company was recognized as a "Most Innovative Manager of 2017" by the Institutional Asset Management Awards at a ceremony at the Pierre Hotel in NYC in November. And he was featured on the cover of the Finance Monthly with an interview in the November Issue!

Congratulations also to Center Associate Dr. Shivani Shukla, who successfully defended her PhD dissertation: Game Theory for Security Investments in Cyber and Supply Chain Networks, and assumed a tenure track Assistant Professor position at the University of San Francisco in California. She is my 20th PhD student to receive her doctorate. The paper, "Multifirm Models of Cybersecurity Investment Competition vs. Cooperation and Network Vulnerability," that we co-authored, was published in the European Journal of Operational Research in 2017.

Kudos to Center Associate Dr. Sara Saberi of the Foisie School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts, who is lead author of the paper, "A Competitive Multiperiod Supply Chain Network Model with Freight Carriers and Green Technology Investment Option," with Center Associate Dr. Jose M. Cruz of the University of Connecticut, her colleague, Dr. Joe Sarkis, and me, which is in press in the European Journal of Operational Research. Dr. Saberi presented this work at the MSOM conference at the UNC Flagler School in June. Dr. Saberi also received a grant from APICS joint with Dr. Sarkis.

Center Associate Amir H. Masoumi was again heavily involved in organizing the latest Business Analytics competition at Manhattan College, which took place last May and is now an international competition. Center Associate Dr. Dong "Michelle" Li of Arkansas State University, was one of the judges. Kudos to Dr. Masoumi on his publication, "Mergers and Acquisitions in Blood Banking Systems: A Supply Chain Network Approach," that we co-authored with Center Associate Dr. Min Yu of the University of Portland, which was published in the International Journal of Production Economics in 2017. Also, Dr. Yu was a co-author of our paper, "Consumer Learning of Product Quality with Time Delay: Insights from Spatial Price Equilibrium Models with Differentiated Products," with Dr. Li, which is now in press in the journal Omega.

Congratulations to Doctoral Student Center Associate Deniz Besik, who had two papers published in 2017, one in the Journal of Global Optimization and the other in Socio-Economic Planning Sciences. This year she was elected President of the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter.  The chapter was recognized with its 12th award, in as many years, at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston in October, with the Magna Cum Laude Award  for its activities in 2016. In 2016, Doctoral Student Center Associate Pritha Dutta served as the Chapter President. Kudos also to her for receiving the first place award by a PhD student at the NEDSI conference in Springfield, MA, in March for her presentation on a game theory model for blood donations.

We welcome Mojtaba Salarpour as a Doctoral Student Center Associate. Mr. Salarpour matriculated into the Management Science doctoral program at the Isenberg School in Fall 2017 and will be working on disaster relief.

The INFORMS Houston conference, October 22-25, 2017,  served as a great venue for many Center Associates to reconvene, with participants and speakers including Center Associates Professor Patrick Qiang of Pennsylvania State University Great Valley, Professor Trisha Anderson of Texas Wesleyan University, Professor Amir H. Masoumi of Manhattan College, Professor Min Yu of the University of Portland, Professor Dmytro Matsypura of the University of Sydney in Australia, Professor Jose M. Cruz of the University of Connecticut, Professor Dong Li of Arkansas State University, Professor Sara Saberi, and Center Associates Professor Shivani Shukla as well as Deniz Besik and Pritha Dutta.

Also, articles that we authored on topics from blood supply chains to investing in infrastructure to disaster relief and game theory to FirstNet in The Conversation were reprinted in many major publications outlets and I had the pleasure of being interviewed for multiple radio news shows in the US and in Canada. Finally, it was wonderful to be back at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University as a Summer Fellow and to also speak at the ORBerlin Conference in September!

Thanks for the support! We wish everyone a Marvelous New 2018 Year!

Below are links to examples of some of our recent publications.
Multifirm Models of Cybersecurity Investment Competition vs. Cooperation and Network Vulnerability,
Anna Nagurney and Shivani Shukla, European Journal of Operational Research 260(2): (2017), pp 588-600.
A Competitive Multiperiod Supply Chain Network Model with Freight Carriers and Green Technology Investment Option,
Sara Saberi, Jose M. Cruz, Joseph Sarkis, and Anna Nagurney, in press in the European Journal of Operational Research.
Quality in Competitive Fresh Produce Supply Chains with Application to Farmers’ Markets,
Deniz Besik and Anna Nagurney, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences 60: (2017), pp 62-76.
Mergers and Acquisitions in Blood Banking Systems: A Supply Chain Network Approach,
Amir H. Masoumi, Min Yu, and Anna Nagurney, International Journal of Production Economics 193: (2017), pp 406-421.

Cybersecurity Investments with Nonlinear Budget Constraints and Conservation Laws: Variational Equilibrium, Marginal Expected Utilities, and Lagrange Multipliers,
Gabriella Colajanni, Patrizia Daniele, Sofia Giuffre, and Anna Nagurney, in press in the International Transactions in Operational Research.

Hospital Competition in Prices and Quality: A Variational Inequality Framework,
Anna Nagurney and Karen Li, Operations Research for Health Care 15: (2017), pp 91-101.