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Management Science and Engineering
Autumn 2022 Newsletter
Greetings from the Chair
MS&E begins our new academic year focused on community. Former classmates return to campus for Reunion in just a few weeks, and new faculty and students begin fall quarter with a sense of renewed optimism for the future. A future that they themselves, along with the entire MS&E community, will design.
 – Pamela Hinds, Fortinet Founders Chair of MS&E
In this issue:
 • MS&E Reunion
 • Employment report
 • Welcome new faces
 • Faculty & student awards and more

Explore podcasts, articles, and more in this issue of the MS&E Newsletter.
Our lead story: Togetherness on campus
five students in Stanford t-shirts sit behind a table with welcoming expressions
Reunion events return to campus | Image by Jessica Meno
MS&E Reunion returns Saturday, October 22
As the fresh academic year begins, Stanford is once again filled with a sense of togetherness. Students bike to and from classes, instructors hold lectures and discussions, and the Stanford community mingles in iconic campus spaces. And, in a few short weeks, thousands of former classmates will return to campus for Reunion Homecoming weekend.

MS&E welcomes graduates from all class years—and all legacy departments—to the MS&E Reunion event on October 22, 2022. The event will feature lectures and Q&A with MS&E faculty, a panel session moderated by Fortinet Founders Chair Pamela Hinds, and a networking brunch to follow. We can hardly wait to welcome you back to campus— get your tickets today!

For those far from Stanford who cannot attend in person, the lectures and panel session will be livestreamed, and a recording will be made available for a short time after the event. If you won’t make it in person, register for the live Zoom webinar here.
We welcome new faces
MS&E added five new faculty members this year: Arvind Karunakaran, Ellen Vitercik, Madeleine Udell, and Vasilis Syrgkanis start teaching this fall, and Alicia Sheares will start in fall 2023 after completing a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA. We asked the 2022 cohort about their current work and why MS&E is the right fit for what they hope to accomplish.
Five portrait photos of new MS&E faculty
Five new faculty members join MS&E this year | Images courtesy of MS&E
We also had the opportunity to catch up with some of our incoming PhD students as they arrived on campus. They shared what brought them to MS&E and what they hope to achieve through their work. Get to know them here.
Portrait photos of incoming MS&E PhD students
Incoming PhD students come from a diverse array of backgrounds | Images courtesy of MS&E
And say bittersweet goodbyes
Welcoming new students also means saying farewell to recent graduates. As part of our podcast series, Stanford MS&E: Stories & Voices, we chatted with five grads as the 2021-22 academic year came to a close. Hear what MS&E meant to them and where they’re going after graduation.
Portrait photos of MS&E graduates
Graduates begin a wide variety of impactful careers | Images courtesy of MS&E
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Where do they go?
MS&E’s employment report is now updated with data from the most recent graduates. Find out what our grads study, what industries they work in, and what types of jobs they enter.
portrait photos of three students who participated in the MS&E undergraduate diversity in research program
The MS&E Undergraduate Diversity in Research program completed its second year | Images courtesy of MS&E
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I)
  • Undergraduate research experiences have been shown to encourage interest in STEM graduate programs and careers. We chatted with three participants in the MS&E Undergraduate Diversity in Research program to learn about its impact on students.

  • The MS&E DE&I committee published its annual report on progress toward making MS&E an inclusive place where students, faculty, and staff of any background can feel like they belong.
Ideas that inspire
  • The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders speaker series returns Wednesdays starting 10/5 with Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie. Check out the lineup and mark your calendars for the upcoming fall series.

  • Prof. Robert Sutton, along with longtime collaborator and Stanford Graduate School of Business Prof. Huggy Rao, explores how change-makers are changing their organizations for the better. Learn more and register for the free monthly webinar series. Separately, Prof. Sutton makes a case for subtraction as a leadership strategy in The Wall Street Journal.
Student work
  • Computer scientists can now solve a decades-old problem in practically the time it takes to write it down. Yang Liu, a Stanford PhD student advised by MS&E Prof. Aaron Sidford, co-authored the pioneering paper.

  • From frustrated students to startup co-founders: Two Stanford undergraduates share how their experience in an MS&E course inspired them to connect startup founders with a peer network.
MS&E faculty
MS&E students and alumni
  • PhD alumni recently received several academic awards and accolades; one was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management.

  • Michael Fairley (PhD ’21), Prof. Margaret Brandeau, and collaborators from across Stanford and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System received the Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Paper of the Year Award from the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health at Tufts Medical Center.

  • PhD student Ryan Stice-Lusvardi, along with Profs. Pamela Hinds and Melissa Valentine, received the 2022 Best Paper Award in the Communication, Digital Technology, and Organization Division of the Academy of Management.

  • Master’s student Temiloluwa Bolodeoku was selected as Stanford’s 2022 Baccalaureate speaker. Video of his speech is included in this article.

  • Master’s student Patrick Fields was one of 22 football players named to the national 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for community service.

  • Master’s student Adam Nayak won Stanford’s J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for his leadership and volunteer activities.

  • Master’s student Claire L. Rosenfeld won Stanford’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for her distinctive and exceptional contributions to undergraduate education.

  • Master’s student Julia Heymach and senior Devin Hart earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

  • Master’s student Morgan Hoang and senior Eve Micco were named 2021-22 Scholastic All-Americans by the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association.

  • Senior Chinemere Uche was among the speakers at this year's Convocation. Read a transcript of his speech.

  • Junior Megan Peterson earned All-Academic honors from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.
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