Courtney Burris is a fourth year PhD candidate at UB. She graduated from high school in 2013, after which she attended Elmira College, where she was a presidential scholar. During her time there, she was president of Pi Mu Epsilon, treasurer of Alpha Psi Omega, and participated in over 20 theatrical productions. She graduated magna cum laude with a BS in mathematics in 2017.
Courtney is currently pursuing her PhD in operations research at the University at Buffalo in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE). She is a Schomburg Fellow and a member of the Social Optimization Lab where she is advised by Alexander Nikolaev. Her research is predominantly focused on engineering education and she has presented her work at multiple conferences.
In addition to her research, Courtney has been very active within her department, serving as president for two organizations. She has been an INFORMS member (Institute of Operations Research and Management Science) for four years, two of which she served as vice president of outreach, where she supervised multiple pro bono projects. Courtney is the current president of INFORMS.
Outside of her studies at UB, Courtney is an entrepreneur and educator. She is the co-founder of RHM Innovations Inc., a Buffalo-based company that is developing products for the aging population. Additionally, she has worked at Bryant & Stratton College as an adjunct math professor for two years.
Once Courtney graduates from UB she plans to continue her postdoctoral studies in engineering education and will continue managing RHM Innovations Inc.