Graduate Seminar Series (Dr. Karen Smilowitz)

Date(s) - October 28, 2022
11:45 am - 12:35 pm

Weil Hall 406

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Karen Smilowitz
Date : Friday, October 28, 2022
Mode : In-Person
Affiliation: Northwestern
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Title : Emerging trends and new research directions in volunteer management

Abstract : Nonprofit organizations often face challenges related to meeting time-dependent, and sometimes time-critical, operational needs with a workforce comprised of volunteers or a mix of volunteers and paid staff. The operations research literature has explored many important aspects of nonprofit operations, and now emerging trends in online platforms have led to new opportunities in workforce management for nonprofits. This talk will consider how the nonprofit sector is embracing online platforms, particularly in the area of volunteer management. The talk will review recent research in the area, highlighting commonalities with commercial applications and unique challenges in volunteer management.

Bio : Karen Smilowitz is the James N. and Margie M. Krebs Professor in Industrial Engineering and Management Science at Northwestern University, with a joint appointment in the Operations group at the Kellogg School of Management. Dr. Smilowitz is an expert in modeling and solution approaches for logistics and transportation systems in both commercial and nonprofit applications. She has been instrumental in promoting the use of operations research within the humanitarian and nonprofit sectors through the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Engineering, as well as various media outlets. Dr. Smilowitz is Editor-in-Chief for Transportation Science and a Fellow of the INFORMS society. Dr. Smilowitz received the Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS from INFORMS and led the winning team in the INFORMS Innovative Applications of Analytics Award.

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