BIG Math Network Industry Connection Series: Online marketplaces – thredUP & Airbnb

The Industry Connection Series features interactive panels with mathematical scientists working in industry. The goal is to connect mathematical sciences students directly with industry members who can answer student-generated questions. Students at all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend and ask questions.

The next event is coming soon on Monday October 11th, 2021, at 2pm PT/3pm MT/4pm CT/5pm ET. Industry panelists will be Tess Kornfield, Director of Data and Analytics at thredUP, and David Morrison, Staff Engineer at Airbnb. The event will be moderated by Richard Moore, Director of Programs and Services at SIAM.

Register for the Zoom event here!

Update: registration for this event has ended. If you would like to attend the event this afternoon, please email with your Name, Email, and position at university. To be notified in advance of next month’s event, please join our mailing list today.

Tess Kornfield earned her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota, studying the mechanisms of blood flow modulation in the retina. Following her interest in sustainability, Tess joined thredUP, an online marketplace for secondhand apparel, as an early member of the data science team. Six years later, as Senior Director of Data and Analytics at thredUP, she leads technical initiatives supporting inventory optimization and pricing, marketing efforts, A/B testing strategy, and various product improvements.

David Morrison is a staff software engineer at Airbnb on the Compute Infra team, where he is working on performance and efficiency improvements for Kubernetes. Previously, he was a software engineer at Yelp, where he built Clusterman, an advanced autoscaling engine for Kubernetes and Mesos. He is an accomplished speaker, having previously presented at LISA, AWS re:Invent, MesosCon, the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference, and others. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2014, where he focused on algorithms for graph coloring, scheduling, and other NP-hard problems.

Richard Moore is the Director of Programs and Services at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), where he is responsible for overseeing SIAM’s conferences and membership programs. Dr. Moore came to SIAM in 2019 from a tenured faculty position in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Much of his professional life has been guided by a passion to help applied mathematicians build meaningful careers. In addition to his many roles through SIAM, Dr. Moore serves on the Organizing Committee of the Mathematical Problems in Industry Workshop.

The BIG Math Network is grateful for sponsorship by the American Mathematical Society (AMS), American Statistical Association (ASA), Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Mathematical Association of America (MAA), Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

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