The past few days have been tumultuous with the new US President signing an Executive Order late on Friday proposing a 90-day suspension of visas and other immigration benefits to all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. This happened as I was working on completing a paper on blood supply chains with a former doctoral student of mine from Iran, who is now a Professor - Dr. Amir H. Masoumi, and another former doctoral student of mine from China, also now a Professor - Dr. Min Yu.
This Executive Order (EO) struck very close to home, especially since last year another doctoral student of mine at the Isenberg School of Management, Sara Saberi, had returned to Iran, for the first time in about five years, and would not have been able, most likely, to return to the US to defend her thesis and to begin her Assistant Professorship at WPI, had the EO happened last year!
A petition against the EO had been started, which was featured in The Washington Post, so I signed it, and, at this point, the petition has over 40 Nobel prize winners signing it, over 7000 faculty, and over 12,000 other academic supporters.
Researchers live by the free exchange of ideas and disciplines, especially scientific ones, cannot move forward without the free exchange.
So, I started to wonder, how many different countries of origin were represented by my collaborators with whom I had published papers or written or co-edited books?
I did some counting and determined that my co-authors were born in 23 different countries and the countries and the collaborators' names are below:
Austria: Tina Wakolbinger and Thomas Nowak
Canada: Francois Soumis
Cape Verde: Jose M. Cruz
China: June Dong, Dong Li, Zugang Liu, Jon Loo, Jie Pan, Patrick Qiang, Ke Ke, Jiahao Wu, Hong Yan, Min Yu, Ding Zhang, Lan Zhao
Colombia: Luis Marentes, Yezid Donoso, Harold Castro
England: David Parkes, Alan G. Robinson
France: Christian Mullon
Germany: Dietrich Braess, Tilman Wolf
Greece: Stella Dafermos, Ilias S. Kotsireas, Panos M. Pardalos, George Rouskas, Stavros Siokos
India: Kathy Dhanda, Rudra Dutta, Padma Ramanujam, Shivani Shukla
Iran: Amir H. Masoumi, Sara Saberi
Italy: Patrizia Daniele, Antonino Maugeri
Japan: Takashi Takayama, Fuminori Toyasaki
Korea: Dae-Shik Kim
Lebanon: Hani S. Mahmassani
Mexico: Emilio Alvarez Flores
Norway: Sten Thore
Romania: Monica-Gabriela Cojocaru
Russia: Ilia Baldine, Alexander Eydeland
Sweden: Jonas Floden
Turkey: Deniz Besik, Ceren Soylu
Ukraine: Dmytro Matsypura
United States: Trisha Wolley Anderson, J. Aronson, Phillip M. Bishop, David E. Boyce, Ken Calvert, Paul Dupuis, Jim Griffioen, Kitty Hancock, Merritt Hughes, Patricia L. Mokhtarian, Craig L. Moore, Ladimer S. Nagurney, Charles F. Nicholson, Frank Southworth, John K. Stranlund, Kai Wu.
Five different continents are represented above.
If I have missed someone, just let me know, and I will add or correct whatever needs correcting.
It is inspiring to see the diversity in countries of origin of the above collaborators and also to reflect on our joint work together. Some collaborators are operations researchers / management scientists / mathematicians; others are engineers, computer scientists, or economists. Some have moved and are in different countries than their birthplaces and others have remained.
Working with collaborators is always enjoyable and synergistic plus motivating as well.
I was born in Canada and proud of it.