This week’s blog entry is written by Tiffany Bayley, an PhD student in the Management Sciences department at the University of Waterloo. She is currently president of the CORS Waterloo Student Chapter and contributes to an awesome photo-blog.

As one of Professor Bookbinder’s students, I have learned quite a bit about his research, and how it has evolved since the beginning of his academic career. His earlier publications include topics such as school-bus routingscheduling in urban transitcomparison of railroad performance, and decision systems to aid exports. Now, Dr. Bookbinder’s main interests focus on international logistics and inventory-transportation trade-offs, as illustrated by his edited volume, Handbook of Global Logistics: Transportation in International Supply Chains. Continue reading

This week’s blog entry is written by Jenya Doudareva, an MASc student at Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering and a literature, art, and music aficionado. You can reach her at  jenyadoudareva [at] gmail [dot] com.

The previous entries have set up OR to be serious business. With applications ranging from military, supply chain management to finance, and even to healthcare and medicine, it is clear that OR has a lot to offer to the world. Personally, I find such diversity of a discipline to be refreshing and alive…creative even. To see that a problem in healthcare and a completely different problem in finance can be modelled using the same underlying principles is astounding.

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