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INFORMS Member since 2008

Dayana Cope, PhD

2021 General Chair

Director, Simulation and Data Analytics
Engineering USA

Dayana Cope is an analytics expert and leader with over 15 years of experience evangelizing analytics in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, entertainment, and transportation. Dayana excels at defining and executing analytics strategy and building analytical organizations that are customer and client centric. Before joining Engineering USA, Dayana led the advanced analytics group at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Dayana obtained a PhD, MS and BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida with a focus in the area of Supply Chain Management and Simulation Modeling and Analysis. 

Organizing Committee

Zahir Balaporia, CAP

Senior Director, Solutions Consulting

Nathaniel D. Bastian

Chief Artificial Intelligence Architect
DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center

Tudor Bodea

Advisor: Analytics, Strategy & Execution

Alan Briggs, CAP

Concurrent Technologies

Peter Buczkowski

Director, Decision Science
Delta Air Lines

Aaron Burciaga, CAP

Vice President of Data & Artificial Intelligence

Rob Dees

People Insights Senior Manager

Shaun Doheney, CAP

Senior Data and Analytics Strategy Advisor
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Manish Garg

Director, Data Science
Westrock Company

Col. Andrew O. Hall

Associate Professor of Cybersecurity and Data Science
Marymount University

Genetha Grey

Manager, Data Science & Research Group, Employee Success Strategy & Analytics (ESSA) Team

Jon Higbie

Managing Director

Mani Janakiram

Intel Corporation

Tarun Mohan Lal

Vice President, Analytics & Operations Excellence
Atrium Navicent Health

James Mansfield

Global Quantitative Science & Commercial Analytics

Scott Nestler, CAP

Director, MS in Business Analytics Program, Associate Teaching Professor
Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Pelin Pekgün

Associate Professor
Darla Moore School of BusinessUniversity Of South Carolina

Jennifer Priestley

Associate Dean, The Graduate College
Director, Analytics and Data Science Institute
Kennesaw State University

Nancy Pyron

Analytics, Strategic & Organizational Consultant
NMP Consulting, LLC

Les Servi

Chief Scientist
The MITRE Corporation

Gary Summers

Pipeline Physics

Erick Wickum

Analytics Consultant
Wikalytics, LLC

Selects Committee

Jim Williams, CAP (Selects Chair)

Retired Analytics Professional

Fatma Gzara

Associate Professor, Department of Engineering
University of Waterloo, Canada

Poster Committee

Alan Taber, CAP

Systems Engineer Senior Staff
Lockheed Martin

Matthew Lanham, CAP

Purdue University