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Apr. 11, 2007 Third Student-Practitioner Evening Forum

Sponsored by

NY Metro INFORMS Chapter and Pace University


This event is an enjoyable way to discover what fellow practitioners are
doing. It also is an opportunity for you to network with established and
aspiring management scientists and analytic problem solvers.  The event is
open to all. Please come support INFORMS and have fun.

Six practitioners have volunteered to participate in a panel discussion to
highlight their professional experience and provide a glimpse into their
working lives:

*     James Arvesen, Data Analysis Systems (now Quintiles)
*     James Brown, New York State Department of Labor
*     Kenneth Fordyce, IBM and Columbia University
*     Steven Jon Kaplan, Thomson Financial
*     Patricia Kozu, F.B. Heron Foundation
*     Stephen Vail, S. Vail, Ltd and President, INFORMS NY Metro Chapter

The format will be similar to the past events: panelists will speak about
daily life as card-carrying analytical problem solvers. There will be a
question and answer period and an opportunity for attendees to meet with
panelists and other practitioners.  

Please pass this announcement along to any practitioners or students you
know who might be interested.

When: Wednesday April 11, 2007 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM  

Where: Pace Student Union, One Pace Plaza, NY,NY 10038 (Enter from Park Row
opposite City Hall, between Spruce and Frankfort Streets.  Subways:
4,5,6,J,M,Z,A,C,E,1,2,3,W,R to Brooklyn Bridge - City Hall or
Fulton/Chambers/Murray Street).

RSVP to Susan Werbin ( or 212-799-6111) if you are coming
so that we have enough food.

Dr. Arvesen has over 30 years experience as an executive in and consultant
to the global pharmaceutical industry.  He founded his own company, Data
Analysis System (DAS), Inc. in 1994 which since 1998 has been a part of the
Quintiles Verispan Division.  He spent over twenty years in senior staff
management roles at Pfizer, Inc., was its first Director of Biostatistics,
and then headed up the Department of Marketing Research and Planning.  Dr.
Arvesen has a Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University and taught for
several years at Purdue University.  For the last 30 years he has worked
exclusively in the pharmaceutical industry.

Mr. Brown is employed by the New York State Department of Labor and has been
the Labor Market Analyst for New York City since 1987, providing economic
analysis of the job market with an emphasis on labor issues. He writes
periodic articles for state publications summarizing economic trends in New
York City and  frequently conducts workshops for college or high school
students, displaced workers, welfare recipients and counselors stressing
employer requirements and the changing world of work. He also speaks about
growing industries, demographic trends and the changing nature of work; and
prepares demand lists and occupational projections. He has an MBA from St.
Johns University and a B.S. from City College.

Dr. Fordyce joined IBM in 1977 and is a senior staff member involved in the
integrated application of decision (computational mathematical models,
statistics, operations research, and artificial intelligence) and
information technology to improve organizational performance and support
scientific discovery. Since 1995 he has been responsible for technical and
project leadership to develop and deploy a comprehensive suite of
applications to support planning and scheduling decisions across global
demand-supply networks. Additionally, he provides technical leadership for
wafer fabricator dispatch scheduling. He also serves as an adjunct professor
for the IE/OR department of Columbia University and is a member of Dr.
Thomas Webers research team on colon cancer genetics and prevention.  A two
time Edelman finalist, he has received many awards, published over 70 papers
, and held positions with INFORMS, POMS, and SIGAPL He has a B.S. in
mathematics, an M.S. in statistics & operations research, a Ph.D. in
Decision Science from Union College.

Steven Jon Kaplan has been designing and developing derivatives pricing
models for Thomson Financial for more than 12 years. He had previously
worked as a developer of financial charting software at Telerate and as a
consultant to Nynex (currently Verizon). In 1996, he began the web site , which gives an independent view of the
worldwide financial markets with an emphasis on identifying and capitalizing
on multi-decade extremes. In early 2006, he began a daily subscription
service in which he identifies ideal buying and selling opportunities for
mutual funds. Steve has been quoted in many print and online financial
publications, including Barron's, Reuters, Dow Jones, and
and has discussed exchange-traded funds related to precious metals on the
cable TV program of MarketWatch. In addition to his financial interests,
Steven has been a pianist and composer from a young age, and runs six days
per week even if no one is chasing after him. He graduated in 1982 with a
B.E.S. from the Johns Hopkins University.

Patricia J. Kozu is Vice President, Finance & Administration at The F.B.
Heron Foundation where she is responsible for finance and operations for
this $300-million private foundation. Previously, she was Chief Operating
Officer at AdOne and Chief Marketing Officer at Net Exchange. She has held
senior operations, finance and marketing positions at The New School,
Citibank, American Express, Nabisco and Lever Brothers. Ms. Kozu serves on
the boards of the Center for Urban Community Services and the Center for
Effective Philanthropy. She is a member of the Financial Womens
Association, the Foundation Financial Officers Group and chair of the New
York Foundation Financial Managers Group. She is a mentor at a New York City
public high school. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics
and Statistics at the University of Washington where she was elected to Phi
Beta Kappa. Her Master of Science degree in Quantitative Analysis and a
post-masters certificate in Marketing were awarded to her by New York
University, where her thesis was on multivariate nonparametric analysis of
variance. She held many positions with the NY chapter of TIMS (now INFORMS)
including a stint as President from 1979 to 1980.

Steve Vail ( develops profit-enhancing analytic tools
for direct marketing companies in the financial services, telecom, publishing,
and consumer products industries. He is President of S. Vail, Ltd, an
analytics consultancy focusing on acquisition, response, attrition, credit risk
/loss, customer loyalty and winback solutions.  Prior to this he was Group
Director of Data Mining and Analytics at Wunderman, a consultant with
Mitchell Madison Group, and a Senior Manager at American Express.
Steve is a lifelong statistician and holds an A.B. from Princeton and an M.S.
from the University of Washington. Steve is current President of INFORMS
New York Metro Chapter.

Susan Werbin
College Relations
INFORMS NY Metro Chapter
212 799-6111