Winter 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to 2018!  MS&E is looking to the future of work and digital life. Key focus areas are healthcare analytics, computational social science and policy, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the future of organizations and organizing. Our upcoming newsletters will dive deeper into these research areas, so stay tuned!

MS&E Reunion Attendees Enjoy a Lively and Informative Event

Nearly 200 classmates and friends came together from varied geographic, professional, and personal backgrounds to reconnect, hear talks from MS&E researchers, and enjoy a festive brunch. A pop-up bookstore, conversation topic tables, and photo ops added to the opportunities for connection.  

Lectures about the changing nature of work by MS&E Professors Ron Howard, Pamela Hinds, and Tina Seelig were followed by a Q&A.

Read the full recap here.  Or watch videos of the reunion lectures. View the pictures in our 2017 reunion photo album.  

We appreciate the support of our alumni whose generosity makes these events possible.

Video Spotlights Showcase Alumni Perspectives

Watch the first of our alumni video series, an interview with Jack Mulder, PhD '97 (pictured).  Stay tuned for more interviews with other alums, Jeannie Kahwajy, PhD '00 and Harry Saunders, PhD '82. 

Check out our other Spotlight Profiles of alumni.

Simple Rules Can Promote Trust and Transparency in Criminal Justice System

As police departments and criminal courts around the country begin to use complex decision-making software as a solution for the problem of racial bias in the judicial system, MS&E Professor Sharad Goel recommends something simpler:  an index card.  Read more...

Crowdsourcing Platform Facilitates Research on a Global Scale

Professors from Stanford (including MS&E Professor Sharad Goel), MIT and UC Santa Cruz shared findings about their new model for an academic research collective involving more than 1500 people from 62 countries.  Read more...

Redesigned STVP eCorner Encourages 
Entrepreneurs to Venture Boldly

Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) unveiled a new design for eCorner, their entrepreneurship education website, "to help entrepreneurs venture boldly."  Visitors to the website can benefit from both quick tips and deep information dives into topics.  

Check out the collection "The Underpinnings of Innovation," curated by MS&E Professor Riitta Katila (pictured).


Professional Learning Opportunities in MS&E

MS&E, in partnership with Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD), offers MS&E related graduate-level classes in the following ways:  Graduate Certificate Programs, Professional Certificates and Programs, Corporate Education and MS Honors Cooperative Program.  Read more...

MS&E Alum and AI Exec John Kalil

The MS&E Career Collaborative Program arranged a lunch meeting for students with executive John Kalil to discuss how an MS&E education can impact future careers.  He gave tips about choosing a future employer. Read more...

MS&E PhD Students Awarded Stanford VPGE Fellowships

Seven of MS&E's talented PhD students became Stanford Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) fellows this year.  Supported by endowment and general funds, the fellowships are designed to attract the most talented students to Stanford's doctoral programs, and to honor and support our most outstanding current doctoral students.  Read their research profiles here...

VPGE Award Recipients pictured top to bottom:
Ali Shameli, Tyler Whittle, Ayinwi Muma, Michael Fairley, Anneke Laurel Claypool, Ye Ye, David Carrington Motley

MS&E Faculty News 

Professor Itai Ashlagi and his former MIT student Professor Peng Shi (USC) won the MSOM Service Management SIG Best Paper Award from INFORMS for their work matching students to Boston public schools for "efficiency, equity, and predictability."

Professor Sharad Goel and collaborators from Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Microsoft Research created a probabilistic model to determine the rate of double voting in U.S. elections.  They discussed their findings and the current political implications in Slate, and Goel was interviewed by the podcast "This American Life."  

Professor Riitta Katila discusses the liability of having too many experts on innovative startup teams in a recent article in Harvard Business Review.

Former MS&E student (PhD '16) USC Professor Szechuan Suen and Professor Margaret Brandeau, along with collaborator Professor Jeremy Goldhaber Fiebert (Stanford School of Medicine), received the 2017 Pierskalla Best Paper Award from INFORMS for their work determining the right timing for drug sensitivity testing in TB patients in India.

Congratulations to Professor Kathy Eisenhardt for receiving the 2017 Prahalad Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award from the Strategic Management Society for career achievements in the field.

Professor Emeritus Sig Hecker appeared on 60 Minutes to discuss North Korea's nuclear secrets.  Watch it here.

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