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Summer 2014 Newsletter

The last few months at MS&E have been full of exciting events, honors and research in progress. We hit a few highlights in this issue with profiles on a talented new faculty member, a legendary professor emeritus and Nobel prize winner, opportunities for MS&E alumni in venture capital and more. And we hope to see you in October during Reunions Weekend!

Reunions: Save the Date

Mark your calendar, alumni! MS&E will host three events during Reunions Weekend 2014. All department alumni are invited, regardless of year. Get details here...
  • Friday, Oct 24, 5-6:30 pm: Alumni, Student and Faculty Reception
  • Saturday, Oct 25, 9:30-10:30 am: Lecture by Professor Bob Sutton on "Scaling Excellence"
  • Saturday, Oct 25, 10:30-11:30 am: MS&E Masters Alumni Networking Brunch

MS&E's Kenneth Arrow Named a Stanford Engineering Hero as Operations Research Pioneer

Kenneth Arrow was 51 years old when he shared the 1972 Nobel Prize in Economics and became the youngest person to receive that award, a distinction he retains to this day. Considered one of the 20th century’s most influential economists, he pioneered theories underlying assessment of business risk, and government economic and welfare policies. Arrow was also an influential teacher who helped five of his former students go on to win their own Nobel Prizes. Read more…

New Faculty Profile: Melissa Valentine Is Unlocking the Secrets to Effective Teams

Professor Melissa Valentine joined the MS&E faculty in 2013 to specialize in organizational effectiveness, with an emphasis on high-stress environments. A fateful hospital internship led her to study the impact of teamwork on quality of care and what effective teams do differently. Read more...

Out of the Lab, Into the World: Accel Innovation Scholars

Accel Partners has teamed with the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) in the School of Engineering’s Department of Management Science & Engineering to launch the Accel Innovation Scholars (AIS) program – a yearlong experience for 12 Stanford engineering Ph.D. students. Read more…

MS&E Career Corner: Opportunities In Venture Capital

Two different crowds literally feasted on career advice from venture capitalists at lunch and dinner events on April 28. A "Women in Venture" luncheon featured five women in senior venture capital positions who advised that there is definitely room at the top for more women. That evening, the “Venture Capital as a Career” panel discussion and networking dinner for students and alumni highlighted three MS&E alumni in prestigious venture capital positions who offered frank insights and advice. Read more...

Truth Trumps Trend in Entrepreneurship

A recent topic in the Entrepreneurial Thought Leader lecture series was the importance of pursuing opportunities based on genuine market needs and personal interests rather than the hottest trend. Hear advice from three speakers: Sal Kahn, founder of Kahn Academy; Padmasree Warrior, Cisco chief technology and strategy officer; and entrepreneur Tristan Walker...

We Want Your News, Too, Alumni!

To All MS&E Alumni: We invite you to share interesting news or career updates. Recent  promotion? A startup? An award or other honor? We'd love to help you get the news to your fellow alumni. Send your 25-word blurb to Melinda McGee at melmcgee[at]

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