ISOM Newsletter

September 9, 2018

Summer 2018 e-Newsletter







New Staff

After working as the Administrative Assistant for the Information Systems & Operations Management Department for five years, we say a reluctant goodbye to Jessica Aceves.  Jessica was hired in ISOM in 2013, having already accumulated 10 years work experience in multiple facets of higher education from enrollment services specialist, technical director, adjunct professor, and administrative roles to name a few.  

From the beginning Jessica loved to challenge herself and tried to learn as much as possible, so it didn’t come as a surprise when she decided to go back to school and venture out of her comfort zone.  She recently received certifications in residential architecture drafting and has successfully made her transition to a work environment that would allow her to begin a new chapter in Architecture.
Jessica’s can-do attitude, hard work, and contagious laughter will be missed, but we wish her the very best!

ISOM’s new Administrative Assistant, Sophie Wiseman, comes with an education in History and Political Science and a background in non-profit work, event planning, and international study abroad. She speaks Dutch, and hopes you’ll come say “hoi!” She is looking forward to exploring the University and being a part of Foster’s community.

ISOM is excited to welcome three new faculty to our department:

Uttara Ananthakrishnan has joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Information Systems. She earned her doctoral degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Her professional background is in risk and abuse analysis, and her professional areas of interest are digital media platforms, consumer behavior, online trust and safety, and user-generated content. Her current areas of research are digital platforms, digital media, channel substitution, online interactions, and fraudulent reviews.
Leela Nageswaren has joined the department as Assistant Professor of Operations Management. She received her doctoral degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Her areas of expertise are service operations, retail operations, OM-marketing interface, and healthcare operations. Her current areas of research deal with issues in healthcare and retail operations, such as queueing theory, stochastic processes, and OM-marketing interface. 
Shan Huang has joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Information Systems. She earned her doctoral degree from MIT and an MSc from the University of British Columbia.  Her expertise is in social interactions and influence through digital platforms, advertising and e-commerce in social networking sites, incentives of user-generated content and prosocial behaviors in social media, field experiment, social network analysis, econometrics, applied statistics, and applied machine learning. 




                                                              FACULTY PUBLICATIONS
 Masha Shunko, Do H.,“Pareto Improving Coordination Policies in Queueing Systems: Application to Flow Control in Emergency Medical Services”, Forthcoming in Management Science, Accepted September 2018.
Masha Shunko, Do H., D. Novak, and M. Lucas. “Impact of Behavioral Factors on Performance of Multi‐Server Queueing Systems”, Production and Operations Management, Volume 27, Issue 8, pp. 1391-1629, August 2018.
Tom Schmitt, Bruce Faaland. “A Fixed Rate Production Problem with Poisson Demand and Lost Sales Penalties.” Production and Operations Management, forthcoming in print. Published online July 25th, 2018.

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Informs MSOM Conference
Dallas, TX  |  July 1-July 3, 2018
Mohammad Arbabian (Doctoral Student) Presented two papers entitled “Finite Horizon Capacity Expansion with Bundled Supply of Capacity Attributes in Cloud Industry” and “The Impact of 3D Printing on Manufacturer-Retailer Contractual Relationships”.
Soraya ‘Nadia’ Fatehi (Doctoral Student) Presented two papers entitled “Crowdfunding via Revenue-Sharing Contracts” and “Crowdsourcing Last-Mile Deliveries”.
Shi Chen, Foad Irvani, and Emisa Nategh (Doctoral Student) were also in attendance.
Qingdao, Shandong, China  |  June 23rd – 24th, 2018
Ming Fan Served as the chair for the Best Paper Committee for the 12th annual CSWIM Workshop. Panelist for the “Business Values/Implications of AI and Machine Learning”. Discussant for the “Pricing Strategies for Information Products with Network Effects and Complementary Services in a Duopolistic Market”. Had his paper “Who Pays to Advertise? Evidence of Paid Search Advertising from an Online Marketplace” presented.
Yong Tan Alongside serving on the advisory committee, Dr. Tan co-authored an impressive nine papers for the conference.
Stephanie Lee Had her paper “Solving the Last-mile Problem: The Substitution Effect of Sharing-bike on Ride-sharing Platform” presented.
Yingfei Wang Co-authored two presented papers, and served as discussant for “Predicting Hospital Readmission with Deep Learning”.
Zibo Liu (Doctoral Student) Had his paper “Does size matter? The effect of sampling size in online physical good sampling” presented. Served as discussant.
Zixuan ‘Maggie’ Meng (Doctoral Student) Had her paper “Influence of Peer-Based Monetary Incentive on Content Generation: Evidence from a Social Media Site” presented. Served as discussant.
Zhen Fang (Doctoral Student) Had her paper “Consumer Decisions in Payment-Based Knowledge Sharing Communities: The Analysis of Zhihu Live” presented.
Tongxin Zhou (Doctoral Student) Had her paper “Users’ Continued Participation in Online Weight-loss Communities” presented.
Zhijin Zhou (Doctoral Student) Had her paper “The Dynamic Impact of Quantity Restriction of Backers’ Investment Intention” presented.
Joint Statistical Meetings 2018
Vancouver BC  |  June 23rd – 24th, 2018
Andrew Siegel Attended this conference – one of the largest in the world with over 6,500 attendees from 52 countries.
2018 INFORMS Regional Analytics Conference
Seattle, WA  | September 14th, 2018
Kamran Moinzadeh and Masha Shunko were in attendance of this conference which offered analytics professionals and managers an intensive one-day opportunity to learn from leading brands and leaders.
MSOM Conference
Dallas, TX| July, 2018
Masha Shunko  attended this conference where she gave her presentation “Are all Outlets in a Service Network Equally Important? Measuring Outlets Influence Using Network Analysis”.
                                           INVITED TALKS  |  RESEARCH
Masha Shunko -Gave an invited talk entitled “Does real-time feedback make you try less hard? A study of Drivers under Automotive Telematics” at the Information Systems & Operations Management Workshop on Empirical Research at Goizueta Business School at Emory University (August, 2018).

– Attended a seminar at Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech (August, 2018). Gave her presentation “Are all Outlets in a Service Network Equally Important? Measuring Outlets Influence Using Network Analysis”.

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SAREH NABI-ABDOLYOUSEFI successfully defended her dissertation on June 5th, 2018. Her presentation was entitled “Study of Customer Behavior in Revenue Management Setting Using Data-Driven Approaches.” She continues her employment as a Product Intelligence Manager at Microsoft.
ARAVINDA GARIMELLA has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT welcomes three new doctoral students: Xiyuan Ge, Junfei Lei, and Swapnil Rayal.
INFORMATION SYSTEMS welcomes two new doctoral students: Yuchen Liu and Yifan Yu.

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Congratulations to the graduates of the Foster MSIS Program! The Class of 2018 celebrated graduation with their family and friends on June 1, 2018. MSIS welcomed distinguished Foster supporter Neal Dempsey, as the keynote speaker and student Woody Fuller gave remarks on behalf of his peers. The MSIS Student Merit Award was presented to Ben Hu and Manoj  Parameswaran was awarded the MSIS Teaching Award for the second year in a row!

Shortly after graduation, MSIS welcomed 100 new students to the campus – the Class of 2019 is the largest class in the program’s history! This year’s group comes with an average of 4 years of work experience, and backgrounds in technology, engineering and finance. Students are split into two separate cohorts – Purple cohort and Gold cohort.

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Our third cohort started this month with an intensive Orientation. Students got to know their classmates, learned about building high-performing teams, and heard tips and strategies for success in the MSCM Program. The class of 45 students come from diverse backgrounds and have 5.5 years of work experience on average.

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