Michael Trick 2016-2018 President
Mike Trick is faculty member at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business in Pittsburgh, where he also serves as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research. His involvement with OR societies began when he became founding editor of INFORMS Online in 1995. After this, he served as President of INFORMS in 2002. He then served as NORAM Vice President from 2004-2009, generally taking a role in helping select conference locations and aiding local organizers in putting together the IFORS Triennial conferences. Notably, it was during these years that IFORS reached out and held its Triennial conferences in South Africa and in Australia. You can also follow him on twitter @miketrick and his blog at
Vice President: Luciana Buriol
Luciana Buriol has Ph.D. by UNICAMP, Brazil, with 15 months of internship in AT&T Labs, USA,followed by a postoctoral stage of 18 months in La Sapienza, Rome. Since 2006 she had been Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil. As President of ALIO in the term 2012-2014, she coordinated efforts across OR societies within the region. Her main research interests are in optimization (problem solving by exact and heuristic methods) and algorithms (algorithm design for mining massive data). Buriol is currently a CNPq (Brazilian National Research Council) Advanced Fellow.
Guillermo Durán VP representing ALIO
Guillermo Durán is professor in the University of Buenos Aires and the University of Chile. He is Director (through competitive appointment) of the Calculus Institute at the University of Buenos Aires since December 2011.This is the Applied Math Institute of the University of Buenos Aires. He is an Independent Research Associate at CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Buenos Aires, Argentina). His research interests include Graph Theory and Combinatorial Optimization. He has published more than 40 articles in the main international journals related to these areas. He is OR consultant for different public and private organizations in Chile and Argentina.
“David” Chang Won Lee, VP representing APORS
“David” Chang Won Lee is a professor of Operations and Service Management area and Healthcare MBA program of Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, and a director of Center for Tech Entrepreneurial Studies. He earned Masters of Mgmt Sci and PhD in OR and Healthcare from Saint Louis University, Missouri, USA. His studies appeared in European J. of Operational Research(EJOR), Info & Mgmt, Int’l J. of Info. Mgmt(IJIM), J. of Oper Res Soc(JORS), Supply Chain Mgmt: An Int’l J.(SCM:IJ), Technol. Forecast. Soc. Chang (TFSC) and others. He serves as an editor, editorial board members, paper reviewer and other various acting roles in academic journals and societies. He also currently serves as KORMS VP in international activities as well as APORS VP.
Jacek Blazewicz, VP representing EURO
Jacek Blazewicz is since 1987 Professor and a vice-director (since 1987) of the Institute of Computing Science, Poznan University of Technology. Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Polish Informatics Society and Founding Member of the Polish Bioinformatics Society. A member of editorial boards of 10 international journals, he has edited a series of International Handbooks on Information Systems. He is an active organizer of conferences of which he has co-chaired 35 and a prolific publisher of papers and books. He is a recipient of the EURO Gold Medal, Doctorate Honoris Causa of the University of Siegen, and the Copernicus Prize, among others.
Karla Hoffman, VP representing NORAM
Karla Hoffman is professor in the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research in the Volgenau Engineering School, George Mason University where she served as its Chair. She has received multiple research and teaching awards. Her primary research areas are combinatorial optimization, auction theory, and real-time scheduling and routing. She currently consults to the federal government on auctions and to the military and telecommunications industries on scheduling, manpower-planning and capital budgeting. Her research focuses on the development of new algorithms for solving large complex problems arising in industry and government. She served as INFORMS President and IFORS NORAM VP.
Richard Hartl, Treasurer
Richard Hartl has been full professor of production and operations management at the University of Vienna where he was also head of the Department of Business Administration. A Senior Extramural Fellow of the Center for Economic Research (CentER), University of Tilburg, he is associate editor of several top journals and has regularly received teaching awards while obtaining research grants for both theoretical and applied research. He was Austrian Society for OR (OEGOR) President. His main research areas involve the application of OR methods inproduction, logistics, and transportation.
Sue Merchant, Committee Chair on Developing Countries
Sue Merchant spent most of her career in the Metropolitan Police as an OR analyst and senior manager. She now runs her own management consultancy and also supervises MSc students in their summer OR projects in industry each year. She was President of the UK OR Society from 2008-9 and VP of IFORS from 2013-15.
Graham Rand, Committee Chair on Publications
Graham Rand, retired Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University in the UK, has served IFORS as Vice-President (1998-2000), Editor, International Abstracts in Operations Research (1979-91), Editor, OR 1987 Conference Proceedings, Chairman, OR 1990 Conference Programme Committee, and Managing Editor, International Transactions in Operational Research, (2001-05). For his international service to OR he was honoured with the Companionship of Operational Research by the Operational Research Society, in 2006, for whom he was editor of the Journal of the Operational Research Society from 1991-96. He was President of Omega Rho (2012-14).
Elise del Rosario, Committee Chair on Communications
Elise has been involved in Operations Research (OR) consulting work for private and public sectors upon retirement from the San Miguel Corporation where she held the position of Vice President for Operations Research. She was the 2007-2009 President of the IFORS.She has chaired several international OR conferences, served as judge is several international paper competitions, as well as editor of several local and international journals, published papers and keynoted conferences in various countries. She is currently the Chief Finance Officer of the family foundation, One Small Step Forward ( that aims to uplift public school education.
Mary Magrogan, IFORS Secretary