Mary E. Helander  Mary E. Helander photo       

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Senior Research Scientist
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


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Professional Associations:  ACM  |  IEEE   |  INFORMS  |  Society of Women Engineers


Dr. Mary Helander is a senior research scientist in the Mathematical Sciences & Analytics department at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.

Dr. Helander received a B.A. (CIS/mathematics) from SUNY Potsdam, an M.S. (Industrial Engineering & Operations Research) from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. (Industrial Engineering, Operations Research) from the University of Buffalo. Prior to her current position, Dr. Helander was a research fellow and faculty member at Linköping University, in Sweden.  She has researched and worked in applications of modeling, problem solving, algorithm and solution development to study HIV transmission dynamics; network design; hazardous material routing; geographically distributed team coordination; greenhouse gas emission minimization; tracking food ingredients; testing raw materials for contaminants; and other applications in transportation, manufacturing and distribution.  Her main technical interests involve network algorithms, supply chain (network, transportatation and inventory optimizations), food safety and data science for social good. 

Dr. Helander has published in the Journal of Food Protection, Interfaces, Networks, Transportation Science, IBM Journal of Research and Development, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Software Quality Journal, Empirical Software Engineering, Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, Computers and Operations Research and Computers and Industrial Engineering.