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Pascal Van Hentenryck Pascal Van Hentenryck will be recognized as the Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor of Engineering at a lecture and ceremony held at 3:30 pm on Monday, April 11, 2016 in the Johnson Rooms of Lurie Engineering Center.  He will deliver a lecture titled, "Analytics and Engineering: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Professor Van Hentenryck is professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and Core Faculty in the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS). He was recently awarded a $1.4 million grant lead an effort to model a year in the life of a power grid, creating the most detailed, adaptable power grid simulation ever made. Prior to coming to Michigan, he led the optimization research group (about 70 people) at National ICT Australia (NICTA) and was a professor of Computer Science at Brown University for about 20 years.

He is the recipient of two honorary degrees and is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He was awarded the 2002 INFORMS ICS Award for research excellence in operations research and computer science, the 2006 ACP Award for research excellence in constraint programming, the 2010-2011 Philip J. Bray Award for Teaching Excellence at Brown University, and was the 2013 IFORS Distinguished speaker.

Professor Van Hentenryck is the author of five MIT Press books and has developed a number of innovative optimization systems (CHIP, Numerica, OPL, Comet) that have been widely used in academia and industry. His research is currently at the intersection of data science and optimization with a focus on risk and resilience, energy systems, marketing optimization, and transportation.

Seth BonderDr. Seth Bonder, was an IOE faculty member as well as the founder and chairman/CEO of Vector Research, Inc. Much of his career was focused on improving the planning and operations of healthcare delivery enterprises. He was also an expert in national security and defense enterprises, with an international reputation for his work developing new procedures and directing analyses for planning and operations analysis of military forces. He was particularly passionate about supporting and mentoring students. 

Dr. Bonder generously endowed fellowships at the Ohio State University and the University of Michigan, and also established and funded two INFORMS scholarships to recognize and support Ph.D. students working on applied OR in military applications and in health services. Before his death he established The Seth Bonder Foundation which continues his legacy of supporting students and research.

He said in the Military Operations Research Oral History Project, “I had ORSA, MORS, the Army Science Board, the National Academy of Engineering, Vector and the teaching part. They’ve all been pieces of an integrated career. I’m not sure how I did all of it, probably not well (Laughs). When I look back on my life and wonder if I’ve contributed something, I think: ‘Yes, I did.’”

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