Faculty News

Raghu Raghavan, Jessica Clark, and GT Ozer have been awarded Faculty-Student Research Awards for 2021-2022.

Pam Armstrong has been recognized as a valuable mentor to a Merrill Presidential Scholars Program Honoree - this is particularly important in these times when our students are experiencing significant amounts of stress on multiple fronts.

Ilya Ryzhov received the Urban Transportation SIG's Outstanding Paper Award, for the paper "Optimal Learning for Urban Delivery Fleet Allocation," published in Transportation Science, 2019. The paper deals with resource allocation in large urban networks under demand uncertainty: https://pubsonline.informs.org/doi/abs/10.1287/trsc.2018.0861

Pam Armstrong won the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Faculty Mentor Award.

Ritu Agarwal, who holds the Robert H. Smith Dean's Chair of Information Systems and is a Distinguished University Professor, received the prestigious LEO Award, recognizing lifetime achievements in the field of information systems. Each year, the Association for Information Systems honors "truly outstanding" scholars or practitioners who have made "exceptional global contributions" to information systems.

Michael Fu received the 2019 INFORMS Simulation Society's Outstanding Publication Award, announced at the 2019 Winter Simulation Conference, for his (co-authored) 2018 Operations Research journal article, "A New Unbiased Stochastic Derivative Estimator for Discontinuous Sample Performances with Structural Parameters." (also see Understanding the numbers game).

Shreevardhan Lele received the full-time MBA program's "SMITH" award (Steward of the Smith Brand Within and Outside the Community; Mentor to Current Students and Alumni; Involved in the Daily Activities of the MBA Program; Teaching Excellence Displayed in All Courses; Highly Regarded by the Full-Time MBA Students).

Margret Bjarnadottir received one of the two Best Core Professor awards from the full-time MBA program.

Erich Studer-Ellis and GT Ozer received the Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence 2018-2019 (highest Smith School teaching accolade).

Kenyon Crowley won the 2019 ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems Best Paper Award, for the paper EventAction: A Visual Analytics Approach to Explainable Recommendation for Event Sequences.

Siva Viswanathan received the UM Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award for 2020.

Bruce Golden received the Trevor Evans Award, given by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) annually for the best paper published in "Math Horizons". He won this for a 2019 paper "Experimental Graph Theory" with two Ph.D. students.

Bruce Golden received the Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science at the INFORMS Meeting (10/20-23/2019). This award is given by the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society to an individual who throughout his or her professional career has made fundamental and sustained contributions to transportation science and logistics, and has influenced the field through her or his writings, teaching, service, and nurturing of younger professionals. The award is accompanied by a $750 honorarium.

Tunay Tunca and Weiming Zhu received Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM) iFORM (Interface of Finance, Operations, and Risk Management) SIG (Special Interest Group) Best Paper Award for their 2018 Management Science paper, "Buyer Intermediation in Supplier Finance." The award is accompanied by a $500 honorarium.

Joe Bailey was named as the faculty mentor who had the greatest impact on the academic achievement on 2019-20 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar Doron Tadmor, a rising senior in the Smith School.

IS PhD student Vidit Mehta was awarded a prize in the grad student category at the UMD Data Science Day (March 12th), for his poster titled "Virtual Item Recommender Engine: A Heterogeneous Network Embedding Perspective" based on work with his advisor, Prof. Kunpeng Zhang.

IS PhD student Lauren Dahlin and Prof. Jessica Clark won a Best Paper Award at the 2019 Utah Winter Conference in Business Analytics, for their paper, "Crowdfunding Community Formation: Fundraiser Race and Gender Homophily."

Margret Bjarnadottir was interviewed recently by BBC´s Wake Up to Money about results from her research on the gender pay gap. Previously, the work was also mentioned in Forbes. The Harvard Business Review article, "Why Companies' Attempts to Close the Gender Pay Gap Often Fail" (co-authored with former PhD student David Anderson, M&O professor Cristian Dezso, and a Univ. of Florida professor.)

Tunay Tunca was appointed as an AE for the Operations Management Department for Management Science in 2019.

Anand Gopal and Dongwon Lee (now at HKUST), along with their co-author Dokyun Lee (CMU) have been awarded the runner-up Best Paper in the INFORMS eBusiness Section paper competition for their paper, "Micro-Giving: On the Use of Mobile Devices and Monetary Subsidies in Charitable Giving." The paper was based on Dongwon Lee's PhD dissertation work at Maryland under the direction of Gopal.

John Baras, an affiliate member of the DO&IT department, was elected as fellow of the American Mathematical Society Class of 2019.
This is indeed a great honor, which recognizes Baras' "contributions to the mathematical foundations and applications of systems theory, stochastic systems, stochastic control, network security and trust, mentoring and academic leadership."

Peng Huang received the Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award from the INFORMS Information Systems Society 2018.
The purpose of the award is to "recognize and honor early-career individuals who are on a path towards making outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline."

Raghu Raghavan has been elected a member of the INFORMS board of directors beginning in January of 2019 as a vice president in charge of technology strategy.

Bruce Golden received the highly prestigious 2018 George E. Kimball Medal from INFORMS.
"The Kimball Medal is awarded annually for recognition of distinguished service to the Institute and to the profession of operations research and the management sciences."

Dongwon Lee (PhD '17 now an assistant professor at HKUST Business School) received the Best Student Paper Award in the Org. Communication and Information Systems (OCIS) division for one of the papers from his dissertation.

Brad Greenwood (PhD '13 now an associate professor at Minnesota's Carlson School of Management) received the Emerging Scholar Award from the Technology and Innovation Management division.

Sunil Mithas was appointed as a senior editor at MIS Quarterly, one of the top-tier IS journals. This appointment recognizes Mithas' preeminent stature in the field, and is another example of the outstanding research visibility of the entire IS group at Smith!

CHIDS has collaborated with Inovalon to set up the "Health Insights Artificial Intelligence Lab" at the Smith School. The AI Lab will advance the application of machine learning and deep learning methodologies in healthcare, and further strengthen our School's leading position in health analytics research.

Ilya Ryzhov has been appointed as an associate editor for our flagship journal, Operations Research.

"Micro-Giving: On the Use of Mobile Devices and Monetary Subsidies in Charitable Giving," by Dongwon Lee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Anand Gopal, University of Maryland; Dokyun Lee, Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business was awarded the Best Paper Prize at The International Conference on Information Systems in Seoul, Korea. Lee is a former PhD student, now on the faculty at HKUST.

Ilya Ryzhov received the prestigious 2017 INFORMS Simulation Society's Outstanding Publication Award, announced at the Winter Simulation Conference in Las Vegas, for his (sole-authored) 2016 Operations Research journal article, "On the Convergence Rates of Expected Improvement Methods."

Raghu Raghavan won two national awards at the recent INFORMS conference in Nashville. Raghavan won the INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice. The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in teaching the practice of operations research and management science (i.e., business analytics). Raghavan also won the INFORMS Telecommunications Section Best Paper Award for the most outstanding published paper applying operations research techniques in the context of telecommunications. The paper was published in the INFORMS Journal of Computing last year and is co-authored with Si Chen at the Federal Reserve and Ivana Ljubic at Essec Business School Paris.

S. Chen, Ivana Ljubić, and Raghu Raghavan. "The Generalized Regenerator Location Problem". INFORMS Journal on Computing, 27(2), 204-220, 2015.

Four Smith School undergraduates took part in the University of Connecticut CIBER Case Challenge in October to compete with students from around the world on analyzing and presenting an international business case to judges.

Zeinab Karake prepared the students for the competition and advised a student team onsite in Storrs, Connecticut. A Smith School student won the overall second team prize, and another student won best presenter.

Zeinab Karake was the Faculty Advisor for the team of four students who won the PwC Case Challenge Competition on November 2.

Zeinab Karake's new book on cybersecurity is complete; it is in the production process: "Enforcing Cybersecurity in Emerging Economies"; expected publication date May 2017.

On behalf of the INFORMS Volunteer Service Award Committee, Wedad Elmaghraby has been selected as a recipient of the Volunteer Service Award at the distinguished level. The committee based its decision on her excellent record of service to INFORMS in 2015-16. The award was presented at the membership meeting at the INFORMS annual meeting, held on Saturday, November 12, 2016, in Nashville, TN.

A team from CHIDS (Ritu Agarwal, Margret Bjarnadottir, Kenyon Crowley, and Kislaya Prasad) won a $50,000 grant to study "Personalized decision support for opioid prescribing."

Sean Barnes, along with collaborators from Johns Hopkins, won a Phase I National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant to support the implementation of data-driven decision support tools for improving hospital operations.

Sean Barnes won the inaugural INFORMS Minority Issues Forum Early Career Award in Business at the 2016 INFORMS annual meeting. He also received a Smith School Distinguished Teaching Award for 2014-15.

Tunay Tunca's paper "Buyer Intermediation in Supplier Finance" with his PhD student Weiming Zhu won the first prize in the POMS Supply Chain College Student Paper Competition in May and was a finalist in the M&SOM student paper competition at Informs. This is the third best-paper recognition this paper won in the last two years.

Tunay Tunca chaired the M&SOM iFORM SIG Conference in June 2016.

Wedad Elmaghraby and Tunay Tunca were selected to chair M&SOM Cluster in 2017 INFORMS.

A proposal by Wei Chen, Weiguang Wang and Gordon Gao on improving data visualization for business decision making won a Smith School Teaching Innovation Grant.

Hassan Ibrahim won Faculty Mentor Award by the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program and Faculty Advisor Award of the Outstanding QUEST Project in 2016.

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