A study by Amira Ghenai, a computer science PhD candidate supervised by Management Sciences professor Mark Smucker, found that search engine results have a "significant effect on people's ability to make correct treatment decisions." Search results biased with incorrect information can lead to worse treatment decisions than not receiving any information at all. This is particularly concerning in cases when people seek treatment for serious illnesses.
On March 17, 2018, over 40 high school students from the Waterloo Region tested their math skills and learned more about the field of operations research at the The Operations Research Challenge (TORCH). The competition was jointly organized by volunteer graduate students in the Department of Management Sciences in the Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization in the Faculty of Math.
A group of Engineering graduate students won first prize in the Wideman Education Awards, Ontario competition, which promotes socially oriented project work.Taru Agarwal, Diana Jaber, Jithin John Matthews, Rafat Tahboosh, Jing Wu, and Alizeh Zaman completed the project as part of a Management Sciences course - MSCI 651 - International Project Management, instructed by Prof. Peter Carr.
The 2018 Management Engineering Design Symposium was held on Friday, March 16. Eleven teams of 4th year management engineering students showcased their innovative designs. The event was very well attended, with all projects evaluated by a number of professors, graduate students, and management engineering alumni. In addition, projects were also evaluated by all other visitors, who helped select the People's Choice Award.
Olga Vechtomova was the sole Canadian granted funding through the Amazon Research Awards program for faculty members at academic institutions in North America and Europe. There were 49 winners in all selected from proposals submitted in 2017.
Fourth year management engineering students Stefanno Da Silva, Shivam Sharma, Tara Tsang, and Julie Yu placed third at the 2018 Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC) in the Innovative Design category. This year OEC was held at the University of Ottawa from January 26 - 28. Their project is to develop a group trip planning application and is supervised by Professor Stan Dimitrov.
Management Sciences professor Sibel Alumur Alev was recently awarded the Charles ReVelle Rising Star award at the 2017 INFORMS annual meeting in Houston, Texas.
The prestigious Rising Star award is awarded every two years to a person "who has made significant contribution to location analysis research and displays the potential to continue to do so." Professor Alumur Alev was recognized for her research excellence in hub network design, reverse logistics, and supply chain network design.
On October 3, 2017, five 1979 graduates of the Management Sciences Master's program - Patrick Abbott, Kent Hippolyte, Harald Mayer, Jorge Medina, and Stuart Stark - visited the department and met with current professors as well as graduate and undergraduate students.
The five alumni learned about new department programs and offerings and shared experiences from their long and distinguished international careers in the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean.