ORIE hosts large alumni breakfast gathering
Shawn Chen ORIE ’07, who attended the annual ORIE alumni breakfast during Reunion Weekend, said “My connection with Cornell ORIE after graduation occurred through emails and magazines, so it was great to be able to reconnect with the human element of the program.”
This year’s event drew more than fifty alums, spouses, and faculty, who gathered to renew acquaintances and catch up on activities in the School. Standing in for ORIE Director Adrian Lewis, Professor David Shmoys brought attendees up-to-date on recent developments, including new faculty, the role of ORIE in CornellNYCTech, recognition of the School through the National Research Council rankings and the Smith Prize competition for best preparation of practioners, and celebrations of the career and contributions of retiring Professor Jack Muckstadt. Throughout the event, a slide show displayed the many facets of the School’s activities.
Attendees represented nearly the full range of reunion classes, from Peter Wadsworth of the 50th reunion class of 1962 to Jennette Saltsman, Christina Wang, Victoria Leontieva, Jinpeng Ren, Shawn Chen, Ben Laird, and Larisa Klubnik from the class of 2007.
Paul Rosenbaum '02 M.Eng. ’03 was “happy to see that some of the best professors I had at Cornell were at the event.” Rosenbaum is an international fixed income trader/analyst at a hedge fund, where he finds that “the type of thinking and analysis I do at my job is very similar to the thinking and analysis I did as an ORIE major.” He said that he regularly uses optimization, simulation, data mining, statistics, and game theory in his work.
Kim Erle ’87 stopped by and was reunited with classmates as well as with Professor Emeritus Bill Maxwell ’57 Ph.D. ‘61, “who was my very favorite professor from my time at Cornell.” Bob Blau ’67 Ph.D. ’75 also reunited with Maxwell, who was his Ph.D. advisor. “I was particularly happy to see that he is enjoying his retirement,” Blau said, “and in the process making a truly meaningful contribution to the community.” He also caught up with Professor Muckstadt, “whose discussions over the decades have always been incredibly stimulating to me.”
Blau found it “interesting to learn how so many of us have applied our excellent education (i.e. training of the mind) in so many diverse areas, because Operations Research Is “a methodology for problem solving.”
Edmundo Costa and Jose Suarez, from the 30th reunion class of 1982, also attended the breakfast. They are both CEOs and founders of small companies doing technical work. Attendee Chen is a freelance developer “focusing on applications that make people’s lives more convenient and efficient. “I had an IT concentration in my ORIE degree,” he notes, “which forms a solid foundation to work from.”