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Autumn 2020 Newsletter
Management Science and Engineering

Greetings from MS&E’s new Chair, Pamela Hinds

Prof. Hinds conveys her current thoughts about department priorities over the next few years as she takes the helm.
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Virtual reunion event is in the works

Due to COVID-19, MS&E’s alumni reunion event has been postponed until 2021 — stay tuned for details. In the meantime, revisit talks from past years, including Prof. Sharad Goel on the likelihood of double voting from last year.
What times and dates are best for you, and what format would you like to see from the virtual reunion event?

Share your feedback through this survey.

SERGE event builds connections with underserved students

The MS&E Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) committee hosted its own Stanford Exposure to Research and Graduate Education (SERGE) event, aiming to increase awareness of MS&E graduate programs among underrepresented minority students. Faculty presented lightning talks, and a panel of current students talked about their experience and answered questions. MS&E also offered to help the participants apply or answer their questions after the event.

This event is one of many partnerships and programs that aim to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM careers. The MS&E DEI committee aims to inspire and build excellence in engineering education and career development toward achieving a diverse and dynamic American workforce.
Paul Milgrom wins Nobel prize in Economics
Milgrom, Professor of Economics and, by courtesy, of MS&E at Stanford won the Nobel prize in Economics together with Bob Wilson. Milgrom’s work on market design has influenced many MS&E researchers, and we are proud to call him our colleague.
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Mechanism Design for Social Good workshop sets example for diversity and social good in research

Co-organized by PhD candidate Faidra Monachou, Prof. Irene Lo and colleagues, MD4SG ’20 employed techniques from social good research in the design of the conference itself.
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Black alumni panelists offer insight and advice

The MS&E Career Collaborative Program hosted an open panel discussion with several MS&E alumni focusing on their experience as a Black student at Stanford and as a Black professional in industry. The panelists also provided insight and advice for current students. Watch the video here.
Where MS&E graduates go after Stanford

MS&E’s employment report, which tracks where our students go after graduation, is updated with numbers from the Class of 2020. Learn more.

Fall ETL series, Ethics in venture capital

This fall’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series brings speakers like Eric Yuan, Founder & CEO of Zoom; Delane Parnell, Founder & CEO of PlayVS; Sarah Friar, CEO of NextDoor and more to the virtual stage. Revisit the recorded talks here.

In addition, the latest “Ethics in Entrepreneurship” podcast episode featured two leading venture capitalists’ views on how the VC community can incentivize ethical leadership.
MS&E’s continued response to COVID-19
Researchers from all areas of MS&E have pivoted to COVID-19, tackling problems in the workforce, hospitals, the global economy, and more. Below are just some of the projects that our students and faculty are working on. We’ll also keep a complete and often-updated list here.
Meet new MS&E students
As we begin the virtual school year, MS&E would like to give a warm welcome to our newest cohort of students! We caught up with several incoming PhD students. Get to know them here.

Stay tuned for spotlights on new Master’s and undergraduate students in future issues.
Want to find more MS&E student research?
Browse our MS&E PhD dissertation library
MS&E News in Brief
  • Prof. Markus Pelger and PhD candidate Jason Zhu won the Best Paper in Asset Pricing award at SFS Cavalcade North America for their paper, “Forest through the Trees: Building Cross-Sections of Stock Returns.”
  • Prof. Melissa Valentine was named to the Tau Beta Pi Teaching Honor Roll for the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Prof. Margaret Brandeau was named to a national committee that will work to ensure equitable allocation of vaccines to fight the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Prof. Riitta Katila and Sruthi Thatchenkery (PhD ’16) won an Industry Studies Association Best Conference Paper in Innovation and Entrepreneurship award for their paper, “What are you looking at? A competition network lens on new product innovation in enterprise software.”
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