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A Word from the Chair

As we move into Industry 4.0, the phrase “Data is the new oil” has significant meaning, and everyone in both industry and academia are embracing data analytics in all aspects of life. There is a greater need for all of us to go from Data to Insight to Value. INFORMS Business Analytics is one of the premier conferences, and provides a great forum for 1,000+ leading analytics and industry professionals to share ideas, network, and learn about the possibilities that can be generated by analytics.

Austin, capital of Texas, is the fastest growing large city in the United States and the live music capital of the world! It will be the host city for our 2019 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference. JW Marriott, situated in the heart of the city, will be the conference venue, and we are sure the conference attendees will enjoy the hospitality of the Marriott and the warmth of the city of Austin.

We invite you to join us and be part of this leading conference in April 2019 in Austin, TX!

– Mani Janakiram, PhD

General Chair

Mani Janakiram photo
Mani Janakiram, PhD

Senior Director, Supply Chain
Intelligence & Analytics, GSM

Intel Corporation

INFORMS Member since 2004

Mani Janakiram is with Intel for 19 years and has managed several strategic projects in factory operations, capacity planning, process control, analytics, strategy, supplier management, IOT, factory science and supply chain. His 25 years of experience includes Automotive and Aerospace industries. Prior to Intel, he worked at Honeywell and Motorola in operations, strategy, systems, analytics, manufacturing, research, planning, etc. He is located in Gilbert, AZ.

Mani has two patents and has published 75+ papers on supply chain, statistical modeling, capacity modeling, data mining, Lean Six Sigma, factory operations research and process control. Mani is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, school of Supply Chain/Business and is also a visiting lecturer at MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics. He is an accomplished speaker and also serves on several committees including, AZ Tech Council, ASU Network Value Chain, MIT CTL, Informs, APICS, CSMCP, etc. Mani holds a PhD in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Arizona State University and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is a recognized Six Sigma Master Black Belt and also an APICS certified supply chain professional (CSCP). Recently he was recognized by Drexel University and as one of the Top 50 Analytics Executives.

Organizing Committee

Zahir Balaporia, CAP

Optimization Solutions Partner

Tudor Bodea

Analytics, Strategy, Execution

Aaron Burciaga, CAP


Dayana Cope

Senior Manager, Experience Insights & Analytics
Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts

Dragan Djurdjanovic

Associate Professor, Cockrell School of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Ray Ernenwein

Director of e-Commerce Supply Chain
Walmart, Inc.

Arnie Greenland, CAP

Business Analytics Faculty Member
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Juergen Klenk

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Jack Kloeber


James Lemieux

Staff Researcher
General Motors

Bob Liebe, CAP

Innovative Decisions

Angela Long

DC Chapter
American Marketing Association

Freeman Marvin, CAP

Executive Principal Analyst
Innovative Decisions, Inc.

Robert Migliara

Operations Research Analyst
The Kroger Company

Brian Morgan

Captain, U.S. Navy
Naval Postgraduate School

William P. Nanry, PhD

Consultant for Research & Decision Sciences
Dell EMC

Al Navqvi

American Institute of Artificial Intelligence (AIAI)

Paul Nicholas, PhD

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Pelin Pekgün, PhD

Associate Professor
Moore School Of Business, University Of South Carolina

Harrison Schramm, CAP

Non-Resident Senior Fellow
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Les Servi

Group Leader, Decision Analytics
The MITRE Corporation

Gary Summers

Pipeline Physics LLC

Alexis Takvorian

VP Network Strategy & Solutions
Pitney Bowes

Renee Thiesing

Vice President of Strategic Alliances
Simio LLC

Andrew Vesper

Manager, Data Science Practice
Deloitte Consulting

Lalit Wadhwa

Avnet, Inc.

Glenn Wegryn

Executive Director
Center for Business Analytics, University of Cincinnati


Erick Wikum

Analytics Consultant
Wikalytics, LLC

Selects Committee

CHAIR: Scott Nestler, CAP

Associate Teaching Professor, Department of IT, Analytics, and Operations
Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Fatma Gzara

University of Waterloo

Ed Pohl

Professor, Department Head
Industrial Engineering Department
University of Arkansas

Sudip Bhattacharjee

Associate Professor, School of Business
University of Connecticut

Mary Helander

IBM Research

Nada Sanders

Northeastern University

Jim Williams, CAP

Principal Consultant, Xpress Optimization Team

Poster Committee

Matthew Lanham, CAP

Clinical Assistant Professor, Quantitative Methods Area
Purdue University

Vahab Vahdatzad

Harvard Medical School

Alan Taber, CAP

Systems Engineer Senior Staff
Lockheed Martin