UTORG Workshop: Prepare for the Academic Job Market

We are excited to host Cheng Guo, a Ph.D. candidate at University of Toronto. Join us for an exceptional talk on Cheng’s recent experience in job market. She will provide information regarding job market timeline and application package as well as resources for academic job seekers. Additionally, she will give us some useful clues for a successful academic job interview and tips for negotiating new job offers.



When: Friday July 16 @ 1:00pm – 2:00 pm



Bio-sketch: Cheng Guo is a fourth-year Ph.D. student advised by Prof. Merve Bodur in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at University of Toronto. In Fall 2021, she will start as an Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Clemson University. She received her B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Mathematics from Wuhan University, China and M.S. in Operations Research from Columbia University. Her research interests are in the intersection of optimization and economics, with a focus on integer/stochastic programming modeling, energy markets, and decomposition methods.


UTORG Workshop : Guest Lecture on Supply Chain by Kinaxis

We are excited to host Duncan Klett, co-founder of Kinaxis and Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, VP of Thought Leadership and Industry Outreach for a guest lecture. Join us for an engaging talk on the changing landscape of the supply chain. They will cover topics like supply chain analytics, the impact of digitalization, the skills needed to be a modern supply chain professional, and the challenges of managing through disruptions, all illustrated with real examples. Bring your thoughts and questions to ensure we have a great conversation!

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 17th, 1 – 2 p.m. EST

Please register here. You will receive a Zoom link the day of the event.

UTORG Workshop: Introduction to SAS and Open Source Integration

We are excited to host a 3 hour hands-on workshop by SAS representatives. Spaces are limited. The event will be virtual. Note that we cannot record this meeting , so all registrants need to attend to benefit from the workshop. Students will not have to download anything prior to the workshop; we will use a cloud platform and provide login directions prior to the workshop.

Introduction to SAS and Open Source Integration 

SAS is a statistical software package that is used by business analysts to turn data into actionable results. In this hands-on workshop, we will guide you through the SAS Studio interface, teach you how to import and clean data, and generate statistics and graphics. We will also look at how SAS integrates with open-source languages, including R and Python.

This is an introductory workshop and no prior knowledge of SAS is assumed. A basic understanding of statistics is recommended.

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 26, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST

Please register here by May 19, 2021, 12 p.m.

We hope to see you there!

UTORG Workshop: Build Your Online Portfolio with Wix

We are hosting a workshop by Wix representatives on creating an online portfolio website. What will be covered:

  • How to plan an academic/industry-oriented website
  • How to use the Wix platform for building your website
  • Explore professional design features
    You will discover the basics in creating a Wix website as well as features to take your portfolio to the next level.

A one-year FREE Wix premium plan + domain will be offered to all attendees! (Attendance is necessary for receiving the coupon.)

Date and time: May 10th, 2021 at 11am-12pm EST

Please register here by May 5, 2021.

Meet and Greet with Dr. Robert Bixby

The University of Toronto Operations Research Group (UTORG) is hosting a Meet & Greet with Dr. Robert Bixby, from Gurobi Optimization, following his talk titled ‘Optimization: Past, Present, Future‘. We hope to see you there!

Please note that the Meet & Greet will follow immediately after the talk which will be held on March 19th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST. For more information regarding the talk, please visit here.


When: Friday March 19 @ 3:00pm – 4:00 pm



Bio-sketch:Dr. Robert Bixby has a BS in IEOR from U.C. Berkeley (1968), and a PhD in OR from Cornell (1972).  He has held academic positions at the University of Kentucky, Northwestern University, and Rice University.  He is currently Noah Harding Professor Emeritus at Rice University and visiting Professor of Mathematics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.  He co-founded CPLEX Optimization in 1987, and co-founded Gurobi Optimization in 2008, serving as CEO from 2008-2015.   He currently serves on the board of Gurobi Optimization, LLC.

Dr. Bixby has published over fifty journal articles and is an acknowledged expert on the computational aspects of linear and integer programming. He has won the Beale-Orchard-Hays Prize of the Mathematical Programming Society, and the INFORMS Impact and Frederick W. Lanchester Prizes.  He was Editor-in-Chief Mathematical Programming, Series A, 1989-1994, and Chairman of the Mathematical Programming Society, 2001-2004. In 1997 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and in 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Canada.