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Management Science and Engineering
Greetings from MS&E!
As the 2021-22 academic year begins, MS&E gives a warm welcome to our extended community of alumni, students, faculty and staff. We value your support, and we hope you will continue to engage with us through research, discussions, and events.

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In this issue:
• Research on hybrid work, school choice and more
• Meet new students and graduates
• Where our graduates go
• Entrepreneurship talks

Explore these ideas and more through articles, podcasts, and videos in this issue of the MS&E Newsletter.
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Irene Lo: How math makes markets fairer
Prof. Irene Lo is helping San Francisco create an algorithm to assign kids more fairly to public schools across economic and other boundaries. She also co-organized a conference on equity and access in algorithms, mechanisms and optimization.
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Stanford engineers develop algorithm to aid kidney transplant exchanges
A historic and complex kidney exchange between Israel and Abu Dhabi put a spotlight on the algorithm that made it possible, developed by Prof. Itai Ashlagi and PhD student Sukolsak Sakshuwong. Read more.
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The new normal: How hybrid work actually works
Professor and Fortinet Founders Chair of MS&E Pamela Hinds discusses the effectiveness of communicating in a hybrid work environment in this episode of the podcast Think Fast Talk Smart.
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Where do MS&E graduates go?
MS&E's career statistics have been updated with data from the graduating class of 2021. See where fellow alumni go after Stanford.

And to connect with current students, explore mentorship opportunities and more, contact Linda Esquivel, MS&E's Career & Affiliate Services Officer.
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How to rethink competition
When England beat Germany 2-0 in a June 2021 European Championship match, it was a major upset, but there may have been more than just luck at work. Prof. Riitta Katila discusses her research on how perception of competitors can influence performance and innovation.
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Entrepreneurship education is about more than startups
In this podcast episode, Prof. Chuck Eesley discusses how entrepreneurship education can impact the lives and careers of students who never found a startup. Also, hear from thought leaders at the fall ETL speaker series.
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Do people governed by algorithms improve or quit?
Algorithms, some of whose inner workings are kept secret, increasingly assess employee performance. Hatim Rahman (PhD '19), now a professor at Northwestern University, studied how gig workers respond to opaque assessments.


MS&E is committed to fostering diversity and recognizes our responsibility in creating welcoming and inclusive spaces for our community.

For more information about MS&E's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee, click here.
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Send-offs and new beginnings

As we welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus for the 2021-22 academic year, get to know our incoming PhD students. And as we wish farewell to recent grads, listen to our 2021 graduates podcast series. Its eleven conversations showcase the diverse journeys, research interests and career paths that make MS&E an eclectic and interdisciplinary department.

To learn more about MS&E PhD student research, browse our MS&E dissertation library.
Is natural language processing ready to take on legal hearings?
In 2019, the California Board of Parole Hearings held 6,061 hearings, and each one created a 150-page transcript on average. PhD student Jenny Hong and colleagues discuss key problems that need to be solved in order to utilize NLP for complex information aggregation tasks.
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How technology and organizational design affect routines
As technologies become more human-like, how will they affect the routines and operation of organizations? Post-doctoral researcher Jen Rhymer and colleagues discuss how varying technologies can affect the answer.
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Isaiah Sanders: Giving back and making an impact
Isaiah's passion for helping those around him started at an early age. Now, he's a Master's student who hopes to change the narrative for people who have less access to education—to show that they can be leaders, engineers and more. Read Isaiah's story.
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MS&E news in brief
  • INFORMS editorial boards exhibit low levels of diversity, according to a study by Prof. Margaret Brandeau.
  • Prof. Chuck Eesley comments on Stanford's role in expanding the pipeline of students from diverse backgrounds into graduate education in STEM.
  • Adjunct Prof. David Scheinker and colleagues chart a path to drastically lower administrative costs of healthcare.
  • PhD graduate Anneke Claypool and colleagues developed a model to assess the best strategies for increasing vaccine uptake, particularly within populations that have faced barriers to access.
  • Ten years after initiating the world's largest photo contest, PhD student Lodewijk Gelauff received Wikimedia's 20th Year Honouree award.
  • The mini-documentary Trailblazers: The untold stories of six women entrepreneurs features MS&E alumna Joanie Banks-Hunt (MS '97).
  • Where are they now? Kimberly Oremus (BS '05) helps bridge the divide between natural sciences and human behavior to implement more effective sustainability solutions. Wesley Wu-Yi Koo (PhD '18) was named a 2021 Best 40-Under-40 Professor by Poets & Quants.
  • Campus views: Read more here about the new art installation in the Science & Engineering quad, and watch this short video with remarks from the artist.
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