On Thursday November 2nd, over 90 IEOR alumni, faculty, and staff members reunited with great food and inspiring speakers. IEOR alums from various backgrounds and professions such as professors, CEOs, engineers, and analysts came together for the first time since 2015.
The night started with delicious refreshments and networking. Followed by four amazing IEOR alumni speakers.
The first was Michelle Fisher (IEOR '86) who discussed "Innovation in companies and startups." Michelle Fisher is the CEO and Founder of Blaze Mobile, a 10 year-old Berkeley company developing mobile commerce, health care, banking, and advertising solutions. She has successfully raised millions of dollars in private financing for Blaze and has nearly fifty patents pending.
The second speaker, Auren Hoffman (IEOR '96) compared data and algorithms in machine learning: "Data beats algorithms in machine learning." Auren Hoffman is a venture capitalist and an angel investor. He is the current CEO of SafeGraph and the former cofounder and CEO of LiveRamp.
Following the two keynote talks, alums Ian Vacin (IEOR '99) and Daniel Johnson (IEOR '89) briefly spoke about "Lessons learning from the tech, accounting & the long road of SaaS" and "Practical Optimization for the Supply Chain."
The night ended with alumni networking and reuniting over drinks and refreshments. Thank you alumni, faculty, and staff for attending our reunion! We also encourage you to stay connected with us by joining our LinkedIn Alumni group, subscribing to our newsletter, and following our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. We are working harder than ever to communicate research, student activities, and alumni stories on these channels. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have a story you’d like to share with our alumni community!