Yesterday, was a special day - my 20th PhD student, whose dissertation committee I chaired, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at the Isenberg School of Management.
Given that Sunday is also Mother's Day it was also the best present for an Academic Mom!
Shivani Shukla successfully defended her dissertation in Management Science entitled: Game Theory for Security Investments in Cyber and Supply Chain Networks.
Shivani's co-authored research has been published in such top journals as the European Journal of Operations Research, the Annals of Operations Research, and Transportation Research E, as well as in a book chapter in the book, Computation, Cryptography, and Network Security, published by Springer.
She gave an hour presentation on her thesis, which is 200 pages, and then the audience, and, subsequently, committee members, asked her questions. It was a pleasure to sign off on her thesis, which she has worked hard on. She even taught multiple courses this year, including one online, while being on the job market and interviewing. Yes, doctoral studies certainly prepare one for life as an academic, in which we juggle multiple tasks and roles and are expected to excel in the areas of: research, teaching, and service. She also served as President of our award-winning UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter.
Even though it was during final exams, she had a great turnout of supporters, including fellow doctoral students. Some had already left before we took the photo below.
Afterwards, I treated the ladies to dessert at Henion - chocolate covered walnut balls - heavenly!
Is there any profession more rewarding, energizing, or inspiring than academia?! I honestly cannot think of one.
I am also a Mom and was thrilled receive a great Mother's Day card (early!) from my daughter who is now enrolled in a doctoral program in STEM and that also makes me very happy!