Stanford Engineering

MSandE Graduation 2011


On June 12th, Stanford's Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) held its annual graduation ceremony for its 2011 graduates. Under a beautiful sunny sky, 66 BS degrees, 173 MS degrees, and 10 Ph.D. degrees were awarded by the Department. We wish our graduates the very best, as they embark upon the next phase in their lives, and hope that they will stay in touch with the Department in the years ahead.

Over the course of the ceremony, several special awards and recognitions were presented by MS&E's Chair, Elisabeth Pate-Cornell. These include the Senior Projects Competition (sponsored by Accenture). Two project teams tied for first place. The first team's project was "Fueling the Wildfire: A Factors of Success Analysis", and the team members were Devin Banerjee, Jeri Canlas, Stephanie Siow, and Stephanie Sy. The second team's members were Phillip Klimke, Anthony Liu, Cyrus Navabi, and Luna Yang, and their project was "Western Ballet - Short and Long-term Approaches to a Financial Crisis".

The winners of the Outstanding Academic Achievement awards at the undergraduate and graduates levels were, respectively, Patrick Hayes and Thomas Hansmann. The Department was also pleased to recognize Lorrie Papadakis for her outstanding service to the Department in her capacity as a staff member. The University awarded Lauren Cipriano one of its coveted Centennial Teaching Assistant Awards that honor teaching assistants who display an unusual commitment to, and excellence in, teaching. Lauren was course assistant for MS&E 192/293 (Technology and National Security) and ENGR 60 (Engineering Economy), and was a Teaching Fellow for MS&E 190 (Methods and Models for Policy and Strategy Analysis). The MS&E Department was pleased to award its own Course Assistant Award to Hugo Mora; Hugo was a course assistant for MS&E 262 (Supply Chain Management).

Two faculty also received awards to celebrate their outstanding teaching contributions to the Department. Dr. Vic Stanton received the Department's undergraduate teaching prize, while Professor Tom Kosnik was awarded the graduate teaching prize.

The graduation ceremony also marks the last graduation over which Professor Elisabeth Pate-Cornell presided as Chair of MS&E. She has decided to step down, so that she can pursue more intensively her research and teaching programs in the area of engineering risk analysis and associated national security issues; Professor Peter Glynn became Chair as of June 13th. Professor Glynn expressed the following words of appreciation to Professor Pate-Cornell:

"I want to take this opportunity to thank Elisabeth, on behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of the Department, for her extraordinary service over the last fourteen years, first as Chair of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management and then as first Chair of Management Science and Engineering. As Elisabeth has noted in her remarks, this Department was created through a merger in the year 2000. It took great vision, perseverance, and powers of persuasion on Elisabeth’s part to help lead the faculty through this transformative period. But it paid off…we are today the number one ranked department in our field, in large part because of the unique intellectual and academic breadth that was generated through our merger, ranging from mathematical and computational model-building to the behavioral sciences.

You may all have heard the phrase “It’s like trying to herd cats” in talking about settings in which it is particularly challenging to bring about consensus…This is particularly true of university faculties…perhaps the phrase was even invented to describe the university environment…in any case, the leadership exercised by Elisabeth to help create this Department has been extraordinary, and we, the faculty, staff, and students have all benefited greatly from her efforts and energy over the years. She has done all this, even while teaching extensively, supervising Ph.D. students who have gone on to become leaders in Elisabeth’s research area of engineering risk analysis, and while contributing her expertise to a number of major boards of national importance, including the Presidential Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the Council of the National Academy of Engineering, the Army Science Board, the NASA Advisory Council and the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

As incoming Chair for the Department, I am very grateful to Elisabeth for her role in creating the exceptional Department that I will be leading, and look forward to drawing extensively upon her expertise and wisdom in the years ahead."

Several small tokens of the Department's appreciation for her service were then presented to Professor Pate-Cornell by Professor Glynn. Professor Pate-Cornell will spend the next year on sabbatical; the Department wishes her the very best and looks forward to her continued presence and contributions to the Department in the future.