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Accelerating Operational Efficiency


Portrait of Ross Maciejewski

Director: Ross Maciejewski

Ross Maciejewski is an associate professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. His primary research interests are in the areas of geographical visualization and visual analytics focusing on homeland security, public health, dietary analysis, social media, criminal incident reports and the food-energy-water nexus. Maciejewski has served on the organizing committees for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology and the IEEE/Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee EuroVis Conference. He earned three bachelor’s degrees from the University of Missouri in computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering, and holds both a Master of Science and a doctoral degree in computer engineering from Purdue University.

Portrait of Pitu Mirchandani

Chief Scientist: Pitu Mirchandani

Pitu Mirchandani is a professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. His research interests include optimization, decision-making systems, real-time control and logistics with an application focus on urban service systems, transportation and homeland security. He holds the AVNET Chair for Supply Chain Networks and is also a senior sustainability scientist within the Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU. Mirchandani received a Bachelor and Master of Science in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles as well as a Master of Science in aeronautics and astronautics, and a Doctor of Science in operations research from MIT. 

Beth Jones

Managing Director: Beth Jones

Beth Jones joined the Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency (CAOE) staff as Managing Director on January 14, 2019, after completing a 15-year Federal career at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She works closely with Executive Director, Dr. Ross Maciejewski, on daily Center operations, project support, outreach to DHS entities, and manages private-sector relationship-building to support the mission. She is responsible for transition and assists with the Center’s education component.

Prior to her government service she had a lengthy career in the private sector where she held a number of managerial and professional positions which included 25 years at United Airlines. As a United Airlines employee on September 11, 2001, she was drawn to public service to assist in the war against terror and is deeply passionate about the homeland security mission. Beth began her professional career as a public school educator.

She holds a B.A in English from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania, where she serves on the President’s Leadership Council and an M.A. in American Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. She has served on the Board of Advisors, Penn State School of Information Sciences and Technology since 2010.