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MICHAEL WATSON (Evanston, IL) is a recognized leader in the supply chain network design community. He has been involved with network design projects since 1998 through LogicTools, ILOG, IBM, and now The Optimization and Analytics Group. He is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University teaching Master’s level operations and supply chain courses in the McCormick School of Engineering’s MEM) and Analytics programs and Kellogg’s MMM program.
DEREK NELSON (Evanston, IL) is Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University in the McCormick School of Engineering, and worldwide client technical lead for IBM’s ILOG Supply Chain Applications. He has been involved in the design and implementation of optimization based solutions at many companies across a wide range of industries since 2001; and has been a guest speaker at universities including MIT and Ohio State.PETE CACIOPPI (Eugene, OR) is lead scientist for IBM’s network design product, He has been working on this product since 1997, and is responsible for translating business problems into mathematical optimization problems, and finding innovative ways to solve these complex problems. He holds an M.S. in Operations Research and Computer Science from the University of Chicago.