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INFORMS Speaker Matos to Visit Mathematics Department

Posted on 2/7/2014 2:39:54 PM

Rafael Matos will visit the Mathematics Department on Friday, February 21, 2014 as part of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Speaker Program. Matos’ visit is sponsored by the S-COAM Program and the Mathematics Department.

During his visit, Matos will give three presentations:

“Operations Research and the Role of Probability and Statistics in Military Analysis”

  • 10:10–11:00 a.m.
  • Weyandt Hall, room 32

“Why Major In Mathematics Or Contemplate A Career Grounded In Mathematics?”

  • 1:25–2:15 p.m.
  • Johnson Hall, room 247

“Practical Application of Efficient Frontiers in Portfolio Theory”

  • 3:30–4:20 p.m.
  • Stright Hall, room 226/229

Rafael Matos was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and attended the University of Puerto Rico, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a surface warfare officer aboard the USS Garcia (FF 1040) and the aircraft carrier USS America (CV 66) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and was forward deployed on the USS Curts (FFG 38) in Yokosuka, Japan.

Matos obtained a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, and was later assigned as an operations research analyst in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon. After this tour, he was assigned as a manpower analyst in the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel, also at the Pentagon. His last tour of duty was as a master instructor of mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was nominated for the Clements Award for excellence in teaching. Matos retired from the Navy after 20 years of honorable service.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organizational Psychology, with a concentration on cognitive decision making. His areas of expertise are statistical analysis, optimization, modeling and simulation, decision analysis, and organizational decision support facilitation. 

Department of Mathematics