Fall 2019 Newsletter
Reunion news, faculty and student research and more

In this newsletter, you'll find a few highlights from our faculty and students, as well as ways to engage with our community.
We hope to see you all at the MS&E Alumni Reunion weekend!  Saturday morning will include presentations and a panel discussion around the theme of "Life in 2030," followed by a social gathering to reconnect with fellow alums and faculty. Register now...

Professors Guillaume Basse and Irene Lo Join MS&E Faculty

Professor Basse studies causal inference and design of experiments in the presence of inference. He completed a postdoc with UC Berkeley Statistics. Read more...

Professor Lo just finished a postdoc at Stanford Economics. Her work focuses on matching markets and mechanism design for social good. Read more...

Professor Johan Ugander featured in Nature

Nature Research recently featured Professor Johan Ugander in their Spotlight on Early-Career Researchers series. He discusses his work, his personal journey, and his predictions for the future of computational social science. Read more...
Professors Brandeau and Goel Featured on The Future of Everything

Stanford Engineering's The Future of Everything podcast interviewed Professor Margaret Brandeau about her computer model of the national opioid crisis. In a separate interview, Professor Sharad Goel discussed his statistical analysis of unconscious bias in the American criminal justice system.

MS&E Proposes Study of Energy Transitions, Including Impacts of Low-Carbon Energy Rollouts

A research team including Professor John Weyant and PhD candidate Patricia Levi has recommended a new field of study: macro-energy systems.  This new discipline will illuminate the dynamics, benefits, costs and impacts of large-scale energy system transitions. Read more...

AI Could Help Radiologists Interpret Mammograms More Accurately

Professor Ross Shachter and Professor Daniel L. Rubin (Stanford Biomedical Data Science) analyzed data from 112,000 women to determine if their AI could more accurately diagnose breast cancer. Read more...

Alum Discusses the Impact of MS&E on His Career

Chief Medical Officer Garry Choy (MS '00) of Q Bio reflects on his time at MS&E, "MS&E has been an anchor to my professional career." Read more...

ETL Series Begins, Plus the Perks of Time Travel 

This fall, the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series brings industry influencers center stage to share what it takes to become a disruptor. This Wednesday series is open to the public.  Check out the lineup.

In a thought-provoking article, Professor Bob Sutton discusses the benefits
 of shifting your attention to the future and the past.
Spotlight on students:  research & profiles

MS&E students do some amazing things, so we're dedicating this section to our undergrad, MS and PhD students.

Students Design Innovative Solutions to Real-life Challenges

MS&E's Senior Project course offers a "learn-by-doing" experience. Student teams begin by selecting and defining a problem with a sponsoring organization, and then they design, test, analyze, and provide recommendations to the sponsor using their cumulative MS&E education. Finally, students present their engineered solutions for these in-depth, real-world problems.

See their project solutions here.

Want to check out more MS&E student research?  Access our MS&E PhD dissertation library.

Can AI-assisted "Super Agents" Protect us From Cybersecurity breaches?

Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Faber (PhD '19) proposes an early warning system for cybersecurity hacks that leverages the speed of computers and superiority of human decision-making. Read more...

Case Study Says Data Analysts Face Pressure to Find "Right" Answers

While innovative strategies to harness data have the potential to illuminate corporate decision making, PhD student Ryan Stice-Lusvardi details a fascinating case study where the opposite was true. Read more...

PhD Students Study Effects of Authority and Autonomy on Entrepreneurial Outcomes

Khonika Gope set up an experiment to test how bureaucratic conditions affected a startup's idea generation. It turns out there could be an upside to bureaucracy. Read more...

Jason Rathje analyzed more than 33,000 U.S.patents to determine whether government funding helped or hindered startups' innovation. Read more...
Professors Aaron Sidford  and Melissa Valentine were awarded NSF Career Awards, and Professor Johan Ugander won a Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office. Read more...

Professor Kathy Eisenhardt and PhD candidate Ron Tidhar won best paper at the Academy of Management 2019 conference for their paper, “Get Rich or Die Trying... Unpacking Revenue Model Choice Using Machine Learning and Multiple Cases.”
Congratulations to the class of 2019!  Pictures and video from the commencement ceremony are up online. Check out the commencement awards given to students and faculty.

PhD student Jiang Bian recently received a Lieberman fellowship for students with demonstrated leadership potential who are pursuing careers in academia.

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