Sridhar Tayur Founder and CEO
Sridhar Tayur is the Ford Distinguished Research Chair and Professor of Operations Management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. He has held visiting positions at Stanford, MIT and Cornell. He was named INFORMS Fellow in 2012, made Distinguished Fellow of MSOM Society and elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2017.
He has published many scholarly publications (in Operations Research, Management Science, Mathematics of Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, Stochastic Models, Queuing Systems, Transportation Science, IIE Transactions, Interfaces and MSOM Journal, and others), is co-editor of the widely referenced book,Quantitative Models for Supply Chain Management, and has served on the editorial boards of Operations Research, MSOM Journal and Management Science. In recognition for OrganJet and Nudge Videos, he was invited to the White House Summit on Organ Donation in 2016. He has won the Undergraduate teaching Award, the George Leland Bach teaching award given by MBA students, the INFORMS Teaching Case award, and has been named as a ‘Top Professor’ by Business Week.
He was the founder of the software company SmartOps Corporation and served as its CEO for 12 years (acquired by SAP AG). Through his charitable foundation RAGS Family Foundation, Tayur has supported independent film festivals, documentaries, programs that combat human trafficking and other not-for-profits focused on children and women around the world. In 2014, he made a $1 million gift to CMU and in 2016 endowed an Institute Chair at IIT-Madras. He is on the Board of Directors of Transplant Interface, on the advisory boards of Mitra Biotech, Zenrez and VocalID, and is a Ralph Lowell Society benefactor and member of the Board of Overseers at WGBH.
He received his Ph.D. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras.
Baris Ata Chief Scientist
Baris Ata is a Professor of Operations Management at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Operations Management at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He received the B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University (Turkey) in 1997, and M.S. degrees in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research (1999), Business Research (2000), Mathematics (2001), and Statistics (2002) and a Ph.D. in Operations, Information, and Technology (2003) from Stanford University. He worked for McKinsey & Co. (2001) and has held visiting scholar positions at Georgia Institute of Technology (2007), New York University (2009), and Stanford University (2010).
Dr. Ata serves as an Associate Editor for Operations Research, Management Science, and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. He is the co-recipient of the 2009 INFORMS best paper in service science award and the 2015 Pierskalla Award. He is the founding director of the Operations Management Ph.D. Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. His research areas include the study of Healthcare Delivery System, Sustainability, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Pricing and revenue Management.
Dawn Rucker The Rucker Group
Dawn Rucker established The Rucker Group in 2007 to assist the founders of early stage companies. Ms. Rucker served as President of the Brashear Division of L3 Communications when it was purchased in 2004. Prior to that, she spent 7 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Brashear LP, a privately held aerospace and defense company.
Ms. Rucker is one of the first women to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. While on active duty she served as an artillery officer in the 8th Infantry Division (Germany) and as an instructor at the US Army Field Artillery School. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association, the Carnegie Science Center, and the Veterans Leadership Program.
Renee Williams is the Executive Director a non-profit organization providing poverty alleviation services and civil legal representation to low-income individuals and domestic violence victims. Previously she served as Associate Counsel at Highmark, Inc., a large health insurance provier, and as General Counsel to Eightfold, Inc, a financial services company.
Ms. Williams hold a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, and a B.A. from Point Park University. Having received a liver transplant at the age of 14 months, she has remained active in the Transplant Community by sitting on the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Transplant Auxiliary Fundraising Board and volunteering at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Bobby Nyotta Software Development Engineer
Bobby Nyotta leads the development of OrganJet’s GIS-based
tools, such as the Kidney and Liver Transplant Center Locator. He currently
works as an optimization consultant for AIMMS, a Dutch-based company that
develops modeling software for building decision support and optimization
applications. Bobby has also worked in operations research for Carnival
Corporation and has spent time with Deloitte's technology practice - both of
which have contributed to his background in consulting and mathematical
He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations
Research from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master's in
Operations Research from Cornell University. He received an Ezra Cornell
Fellowship in 2013 awarded on academic merit to two students and has worked on
projects with Anheuser-Busch InBev, the Houston Rockets, and the Johnson
Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
Brandy Aven Sociology Research
Aven is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory. Her
research focuses on how information interacts with social networks to affect
communication patterns, social influence, diffusion, and organizational strategy. Aven’s
work includes research on the organization of corruption, entrepreneurial endeavors,
and knowledge transfer.
Aven earned a B.A. in sociology at the University of California at Los Angeles
in 2000, a M.A. in sociology at Stanford University in 2004, and her Ph.D. in
sociology at Stanford University in 2010. She joined the faculty at the Tepper
School in 2010.
Irena Bucci Founder, www.txmultilisting.com
Irena received her B.S. in Mathematics from Moscow State University and Master's in Mathematics from the University of Maryland with a concentration in Computer Science. Irena has spent most of her career in software development and architecture. She has worked for AOL Time Warner, SRA, Mantech and other software companies, specializing in web design and development.
Irena has launched www.txmultilisting.com while recovering from kidney transplant surgery. The web application intends to help kidney patients make informative decisions, including which Transplant Centers to list based on the patient's individual situation and real time data. It also aids navigating through the pre and post transplantation process.
Advisors and Research Collaborators
Dr. Anton Skaro
Transplant Physician, Northwestern University, Feinberg Shool of Medicine.
Dr. Parsia Vagefi
Transplant Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. S. Hariharan
Nephrologist, University of Pittsbugh Medical Center.
Dr. Robert S. Brown, Jr.
Chief, Center for Liver Disease & Transplantation, Columbia University; Transplant Physician, New York Presbyterian.
Dr. Sanjiv Chopra
Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Dr. Dixon Kaufman
Chairman, Division of Transplantation, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.
Dr. John P. Roberts
Former Head, United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS); Chief, UCSF Medical Center Transplant Services.
Dr. James Markmann
Head of Transplantation, MGH, Boston, MA.
Dr. Heidi Yeh
Head of Pediatric Transplantation, MGH, Boston, MA.