Spring 2016 Newsletter

In this newsletter, you'll find a recap of reunion events from October (with photos), an introduction of our new chair and associate chair, articles about recent research and classroom innovation, and some of our faculty and student accomplishments.

Introducing Our New Department Chair, Professor Nick Bambos!

In January, Professor Nick Bambos assumed the role of MS&E department chair. Professor Margaret Brandeau will serve as associate chair. Read Professor Bambos' letter to the MS&E community.

MS&E Alums Connect at 2015 Reunion:  
Event Recap and Photos

More than 250 alumni returned to campus in October to catch up with friends and faculty. Master's alumni attended a brunch following a lecture and panel discussion led by MS&E Professor Kathleen Eisenhardt. Check out a recap of the weekend.

Want to see who came? Visit the reunion photo gallery.

You're Invited:
Analytics Trends & Careers Reception and Panel 

Join us on Thursday, April 21, 4:00-6:00 pm, for a networking reception and panel discussion on Analytics Trends and Careers.
Meet others in the MS&E community who are interested in analytics - whether you're recruiting, looking to be hired, or simply interested in expanding your network of contacts in this space. Learn more.

New Faculty:
Professor Johan Ugander Goes Beyond Big Data to Embrace "Big Experimentation"

Using his background in applied math, Professor Johan Ugander designs randomized social science experiments in highly networked environments. He joined MS&E this past fall after working on Facebook's Data Science Team. Read more.

Is Two Degrees Celsius a Realistic Limit? 
MS&E Professor Discusses Paris Climate Accord

In a historic Paris accord, nearly every country on Earth agreed to take steps to keep the rise in global temperatures to "well below two degrees Celsius," according to the UNFCC. Can we do it? MS&E Professor John Weyant, chairman of the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium, answers that question.

Recent PhD Graduate:
Justin Sirignano Injects Machine Learning into Financial Risk Analysis

If we learned anything from the U.S. mortgage default catastrophe, it's that knowing the risk sitting inside large, complex pools of loans is essential to avoiding another financial meltdown. Recent work by MS&E PhD Justin Sirignano, with Professor Kay Giesecke, uses machine learning to analyze risk in ways that today's methods can't.  Read more.

Classroom Innovation: Rethinking the Transition from Prison to Freedom, Redesign on the Go, and Hacking

> Students in the MS&E "Creativity Rules" class collaborated with The Last Mile, a nonprofit organization that works at San Quentin, to look at creative solutions for improving the transition experience for newly released inmates. Read more.

> Students from the MS&E class, "d.leadership: Design Leadership In Context," drove a rented Winnebago to the Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC) to assist staffers with an organizational design overhaul. (Pictured: Brainstorm on the Winnebago) Read more.

> Graduate students from across the university will participate in a new MS&E spring course, "Hacking for Defense," in which teams will work on pressing problems facing defense and intelligence agencies. Read more.


MS&E Faculty & Students in the News 

> Professors Margaret Brandeau and Kathleen Eisenhardt made Online Engineering Programs'  list of "20 Engineering Management Professors You Should Know." 

> Professor Bob Sutton is quoted in The Telegraph article, "Is It Better for Your Career If You Work for a 'Bad Boss'?" Spoiler alert: Sometimes, yes.

> PhD candidate Zachariah Rodgers recently co-authored an article in New York University (NYU) Journal of Law & Business, titled "Broad Shareholder Value and the Inevitable Role of Conscience."

> Professor Siegfried Hecker weighs in on North Korea's recent nuclear test: "I don't believe it was a real hydrogen bomb, but..." Read more.

> Professor Ben Van Roy was named an INFORMS Fellow for his contributions to decision making in stochastic systems and approximate dynamic programming.

***Announcement to PhD Alumni***

We have a hard copy of many PhD dissertations that we would like to return to you. If you are interested, please contact schin2@stanford.edu.

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