University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
John B. Coles






John B. Coles - Biography

John Coles a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York with a concentration in Operations Research. He currently works on problems in counter-terrorism and disaster relief, focusing on inter-agency partnerships and service improvements for disaster survivors. He has been working with disaster relief organizations around the world to try and identify ways to improve coordination and resource allocation in complex and dynamic networks. His work has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE).

Mr. Coles is also a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, and has received multiple awards for his dissertation work. For the past 3 years Mr. Coles has been involved in the development and management of a wide variety of research projects, working closely with Dr. Jun Zhuang and fellow students to do research in the fields of disaster relief, counter-terrorism, and decision analysis. Mr. Coles consistently champions the use of new and innovative techniques for data analysis, modeling, and integration to find practical solutions to real-world problems, and has several publications including three papers in peer-reviewed journals and two book chapters. Mr. Coles also led the reactivation, and subsequent rapid growth, of the UB Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) chapter, and now serves in an advisory role for the current executive board. He also volunteers with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship as a student mentor.

John Coles

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