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{ Monthly Archives } June 2011

Explaining Operations Research to, and being, a Muggle

In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, “Muggles” are people who have no magical ability, and, indeed, no knowledge of the magical world.  The term “Muggle” is not exactly a compliment, and veers towards a pejorative.  From the first book: Hagrid: “I’d like ter see a great Muggle like you stop him,” Harry: “A what?” Hagrid: […]

Another Operations Research Challenge: ROADEF, EURO, and Google

I am a big fan of “challenges” in operations research.  Almost twenty years ago, I ran a DIMACS Challenge on finding cliques, coloring graphs and solving satisfiability problems.  That challenge gave a clear picture of where we were then in those areas and showed the variety of approaches possible for those three problems.  I also  […]

Are you an Undergraduate who has done Great OR?

If you are an undergraduate student who has done great operations research, or know someone like that, note that INFORMS has a prize for great undergraduate work.   The work can be in OR theory or practice, but the judging is based on a paper.  You can find out more information at the INFORMS website.  Better […]

On the Shoulders of Giants

Yesterday I was messing around with The Mathematics Genealogy Project and I learned that Anna Nagurney, among others, is a not-so-distant cousin.  That inspired me to shoot off a couple of emails trying to trace my history farther back. To recap, my advisors were Don Ratliff and John Bartholdi.  John was a student of Don, […]

Hello Cousin!

My father has spent time over the last decade collecting pictures and documents related to our family tree.  I greatly appreciate him doing this, and the result is fascinating.  There is no one really famous in my tree, unless you are a follower of (Canadian) prairie socialism, since I think J.S. Woodsworth is in there, […]