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CFEM Director Victoria Averbukh featured in Quant Summit Virtual. Register with code "QuantSpeaker" for 20% off.

CFEM at Quant Summit Virtual

By: Roselle Bajet

Register for the Quant Summit Virtual from July 13-16, featuring our practitioner-lecturers and project sponsors, as well as CFEM Director Victoria Averbukh! For more details, check out the event website: Read more

CFEM Has the Winning Team in IAQF's Ninth Annual Academic Affiliate Membership Student Competition

By: Roselle Bajet

Out of 36 teams, the Cornell team was one of five that came out on top. All members of Team Quants by Ganges are in CFEM's Class of 2020: Team Captain Nikunj Agarwal, Subham Behera, Harsh Parsuram Puria, and Vineel Yellapantula. CFEM Senior Research Associate Sasha Stoikov was their advisor. For more information, including the link to CFEM's winning paper, read the official announcement. Read more

Sam Gutekunst (left) at a Cornell hockey game with Andrew Daw and David Lingenbrink

High energy, passion for teaching serves Gutekunst well

By: Olivia M. Hall

Sam Gutekunst readily admits to being a little obsessed with the “Mean Girls” musical. When the May 2020 ORIE Ph.D. graduate taught ENGRI 1101, Cornell’s introductory OR class, he presented the maximum-weight matching problem through matching kidney donors to recipients—and the less traditional example of recasting the Broadway show. All exams had a cover-page song quote (such as “I’m a lean, mean math machine…”), and at the end of the semester, past students were rewarded for their hard work with congratulatory video messages he had procured from two of the lead actresses. “It’s maybe the... Read more

Shengbo Wang

ORIE senior named Merrill Presidential Scholar

Shengbo Wang was recently recognized as a 2020 Merrill Presidential Scholar. Wang earned his B.S. in operations research and engineering and earned dean’s list honors in each of his six semesters at Cornell. During his three years in Ithaca, he pursued a Ph.D.-level curriculum with a concentration in probability theory and its application in operations research. A summa cum laude graduate, Shengbo—a native of Chaoyang District, Beijing, China—served as a teaching assistant for ORIE 3510 during the spring 2019 semester. Wang is one of 35 outstanding seniors recognized as 2020 Merrill... Read more

NYU Langone Brookyn ER Department posing with donated PPE

Cornell Alumna Steps Up to Support NYC

By: Roselle Bajet

“When COVID first affected Wuhan, my family became very concerned. We saw how much suffering the disease brought to those infected and healthcare workers selflessly fighting for their patients. When it started in the U.S., I immediately thought about how this could become a great danger for the healthcare workers here. My friend who works as a nurse said that they were only assigned one N95 mask for 3 months. That’s when I made a decision to help with this cause and donate PPE to healthcare workers,” said Annabelle. At first, Annabelle was able to connect with an extensive network through her... Read more

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Big Red Data

Data scientists never really know where their work is going to take them. David Shmoys, the Laibe/Acheson Professor of Business Management and Leadership Studies at Cornell Engineering, has applied his mathematical tools to topics ranging from woodpecker populations to bike sharing programs. And when a global pandemic broke out, he was ready to shift his attention to the biggest crisis of our time. Nobody really saw the novel coronavirus coming, but data scientists at Cornell had still been preparing for the moment. Over the years, they have been developing models and mathematical techniques... Read more

Cornell ORIE students help local inmates

ORIE students help others grow & find success

By: Olivia M. Hall

As Andrew Daw first approached the gates of the Cayuga Correctional Facility in Moravia, N.Y. in January 2019, he felt a bit daunted. This was, after all, his first experience with prison. But unlike the inmates he was about to meet, the Cornell doctoral student was here voluntarily and free to leave a few hours later. He had come to teach introductory college-level math to a classroom of some of the most grateful students he would ever encounter. Daw is one of several ORIE students who have been reaching out beyond the comforts of campus to share lessons in mathematics and critical thinking... Read more