ISOM Newsletter

April 14, 2020

Winter 2020 Newsletter


Department News

Winter quarter started off like any other, but ended on a quiet note due to the sudden spread of COVID-19 throughout the state, the country, and the world. We hope that everyone is keeping safe and healthy during these uncertain times.

Hamed Mamani won the Foster MBA program’s “Professor of the Quarter” award. Congratulations Hamed!

Michael Wagner was invited by Amazon to give a talk on February 26th titled “Robust Inventory Management via the Limit Theorems of Probability”.

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Forthcoming publications:
Mohammad Arbabian and Michael Wagner, “The Impact of 3D Printin on Manufacturer-Retailer Supply Chains,” European Journal of Operational Research, forthcoming 2020.

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Deb Dey and Michael Wagner attended and presented research at the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-53), held January 7-10 at the Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii. HICSS-53 is a long-standing scientific conference that provides a highly interactive working environment for top scholars from academia and industry around the world to exchange ideas in various areas of information, computer, and system science.

Masha Shunko was invited to participate in the 2020 Winter Operations Conference, held January 30 – February 2 in Snowbird, UT. This conference gathers operations management scholars from around the world for academic presentations and outdoor recreation.

Foad Iravani attended the 2020 Early-Career Sustainable Operations Workshop, held February 21-23 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The workshop brings together scholars and industry speakers for presentations covering the latest research and happenings in the sustainable operations community, including sustainability topics such as agricultural industry supply chains, energy, and social responsibility.

Deb Dey and Ming Fan virtually attended the Theory in Economics of Information System (TEIS) 2020 Workshop, held on March 13 online. (The conference was originally to be held from March 13-16 in Newport Beach, CA but was moved to an online format due to the burgeoning spread of COVID-19.) TEIS provides a focused and intense environment for interaction among researchers to develop the field of economics in information systems while also advancing shared understanding about various aspects of modeling research.

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Doctoral Program

CaseIT is one of the top three global case competitions for undergraduates focusing on information systems topics, quickly growing from its humble beginnings as an undergraduate MIS-themed business case competition for Simon Fraser University students in 2004. CaseIT 2020 was held in Vancouver, BC from February 16-21 with 18 teams from all over the world – Europe, North America, and Asia – participating in two rounds of competition: a five-hour case competition on “delivering aerial intelligence in commercial drone service” and a 24-hour case competition on “bringing people analytics to mid-markets”.

One of our senior doctoral students, Zixuan (Maggie) Meng, coached the Foster business school team that consisted of four undergraduates: Jennifer Chen, Ben DeLacy, Kaitlyn Nguyen, and Indri Saskiaputri. After six weeks of intense practice, the team participated in their first top-ranked global competition and ranked second in their division, ultimately making it all the way to the Wildcard round. Congratulations to Maggie and the Foster team for a job well done!

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MSIS Program

On January 25th, the Foster School of Business Master of Science in Information Systems Program hosted their annual Professional Mock Interview Day! More than 50 mid to senior level IT industry professionals from 18 different companies volunteered to give current MSIS students real-life 1:1 interview experiences and provided them with tangible feedback to carry with them into their professional lives.  

In addition to the mock interview sessions, the day started with a networking lunch where students were able to engage in conversation with the industry leaders and ended with another round of networking where students reflected on their day with the leaders over dessert. These sessions provided students with opportunities to strengthen their relationships with industry leaders and practice their networking skills.  

The MSIS program continues to build their passionate community and looks forward to creating future professional development opportunities for their students!  

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MSCM Program

MSCM activities have been in full swing! In February, MSCM students organized a Chinese New Year celebration to share this cultural experience with classmates. The MSCM program also sent four students to participate in the fourth annual TCU Supply Chain Case Competition in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. The MSCM team placed third, winning $3,000 in cash prizes along with mini iPads for each participant. Check out more recent stories about the MSCM program on the Foster blog:

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Seminar Series

January 24, 2020
Luyi Gui
UC Irvine
Operations Management

Talk title: Recycling Infrastructure Development Under Extended Producer Responsibility in Developing Economies

February 7, 2020
Wedad Elmaghraby
University of Maryland
Operations Management

Talk title: Cash Flows, Ambiguity Aversion and Retailer Choice to Stock New Products

February 14, 2020
Yili (Kevin) Hong
Arizona State University
Information Systems

Talk title: Peer Awards Increase User Content Generation but Reduce Content Novelty

February 21, 2020
Ke-Wei Huang
National University of Singapore
Information Systems

Talk title: Controlling Homophily in Social Network Regression by Machine Learning

February 28, 2020
Yash Kanoria
Columbia University
Operations Management

Talk title: Facilitating the Search for Partners on Matching Platforms

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