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Spring 2015 Newsletter


Mark your calendars for the next MS&E Reunion! October 23-24, 2015.  We hope to see you all there!  This quarter has been a busy one for MS&E faculty and students, with groundbreaking research efforts and new additions to the team. Read on for news and an invitation to enjoy some education opportunities.

Save the Date
MS&E's 2015 Reunion: October 23-24, 2015 
 

Be sure to make plans to attend this year's MS&E Reunion on Friday and Saturday, October 23-24. We'll start things off on Friday with a reception for all alumni, students, faculty and staff.

On Saturday morning, we'll host a special event for MS&E Masters program alumni of all years. Stay tuned for more information over the coming months. Our featured speaker will be Professor Kathleen Eisenhardt, who will share findings from her latest research and new bo
ok, Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World, just launched. She'll talk about how people and businesses use rules of thumb to create strategies and tame complexity when there is just too much going on. See below to learn about the book.

MS&E Research
Social Cost of Carbon Emissions May Be Nearly Sixfold That of U.S. Government Estimates

Two Ph.D. candidates have shown that the U.S. government has underestimated economic damages from carbon emissions.  According to coauthors Delavane Diaz (MS&E) and Frances Moore (School of Earth Sciences), this data is essential for developing appropriate models that inform carbon policy.  Read more...

MS&E Research
Longitudinal Research Finds that Venture Capital Investors (VCs) Play Valuable Role in Brokering Partnerships Between Startups and Corporate Investors

A study covering 25 years of data, conducted by MS&E Professor Riitta Katila and two MS&E Ph.D. alumni, Professor Ben Hallen (Univ of Washington) and Jeff Rosenberger (private sector), examines how and why VCs play a valuable role in partnering relationships between startups and corporate investors. Read more...
Faculty Profile
Professor Sharad Goel Uses Computers, Statistics to Research Stop-and-Frisk, Media Bias, and More

Professor Sharad Goel joined MS&E this academic year as part of the department's increasing emphasis on computational social science.  His recent work identifies racial bias and Fourth Amendment violations in New York City's former stop-and-frisk police program.  Read more...

New Book
MS&E Researcher Offers Common-Sense Solutions for Complicated Lives

In her new book, Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World, MS&E Professor Kathleen Eisenhardt, along with co-author Donald Sull of MIT, distills decades of research on how individuals and organizations succeed in complex, frenetic environments into a fun, captivating read. Sharing principles that apply to busy lives at work and home, the book looks at what simple rules are, where they come from and why they work in a variety of situations - ranging from coping with insomnia and scaling ventures like Airbnb to gardening, playing poker and setting Federal Reserve interest rates. Learn more...

Course Profile
How Do You Teach Technology Entrepreneurship? Watch This.

How do you create a successful startup? What is entrepreneurial leadership in a large firm? What are the differences between an idea and true opportunity? How does an entrepreneur form a team and gather the resources necessary to create a great enterprise? ENG 145, a course open to all undergraduate students of all majors, leads students through a mentor-guided project to develop their own startup ideas. Taught by Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) faculty co-director, Professor Tom Byers, this course examines the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship as practiced in Silicon Valley and similar innovation regions around the globe.  Read more and watch the video...

Join Us
Alumni Are Invited to Spring MS&E Lectures

Eric Horvitz (pictured top left), Director, Microsoft Research Lab, will give our next New Directions lecture on Thursday, May 7, at 12:15 p.m. in Packard 101.  We invite alumni to join us for this engaging talk about "Data, Predictions, and Decisions."  Get details...

Spring DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders (ETL) Series:  Come hear the stories and insights of leaders in technology, business, finance, education and philanthropy every Wednesday this quarter at 4:30 p.m. in the School of Engineering’s NVIDIA Auditorium. The Spring lineup includes speakers Kyle Forster, Mike Rothenberg, Chinedu Echeruo (pictured bottom left), Will Marshall and Susan Koger. All talks are free and open to the public. If you can't make it to campus, podcasts and videos of the talks are available online at ECorner. Get the ETL lecture series schedule here.

Highlights
MS&E in the News and on the Go!


> Johan Ugander will be joining the MS&E faculty as an assistant professor in September.  Ugander focuses on "the structure of social systems, social networks, and human decision making." Read more...
 
> Professor Margaret Brandeau has been appointed to an Institute of Medicine committee related to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). Read more...

> Recent MS&E Ph.D., Henning Piezunka, now an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at INSEAD, has co-authored the peer-reviewed article, "Distant Search, Narrow Attention:  How Competition for Attention Alters Organizations' Filtering of Suggestions in Crowdsourcing" in Academy of Management Journal.  Read the article...

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