This was also the setting for her honors thesis defense. Karen is a senior and is graduating in early May. Karen has taken every course that I now teach, including my doctoral seminar. She became particularly inspired by my Humanitarian Logistics and Healthcare course, which she took as a junior.
I first walked across campus and caught some lovely sights.
I am the chair of her dissertation committee, along with my colleague in Operations Research from the College of Engineering, Dr. Chaitra Gopalappa.
The passion that Karen has for improving healthcare in hospitals, from emergency departments, onwards, is extraordinary. Her thesis has already generated an article submitted to a journal and I suspect there will be at least one more paper.
And, for another absolutely delightful surprise - her father was a classmate in Shanghai, China, of my first female PhD student at the Isenberg School of Management, Dr. June Dong! They had both studied systems engineering there. So he called her - she is a Full Professor at the School of Business at SUNY Oswego, and we had a wonderful conversation.
Then it was time for the senior barbecue at the Isenberg School of Management, complete with the great cake below.