Brent Peterson, M.S.

Profile: Brent is the manager of Advanced Analytics, Europe and Asia at Air Products. Brent and his team serve as advanced analytics consultants to the businesses in each region. During his almost 40 year career at Air Products, Brent has worked on wide range of business analytics problems including: supply chain optimization, time series forecasting, machine learning, text mining, network optimization, pricing optimization, production planning and scheduling using SAP APO, SAP Materials Management, sales & operations planning, multi echelon inventory optimization, market segmentation, direct B2B marketing, survey sampling & design, experimental design, conjoint analysis, and discrete event simulation.

Brent holds a B.S. degree in Systems Analysis from Miami University (Ohio), as well as, an M.S. degree in Operations Research and Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Charalambos A. Marangos, Ph.D. |

Profile: Dr. Marangos serves as a Senior Fellow at the Enterprise Systems Center at Lehigh University having taught SAS, simulation, and CAD courses at Lehigh University. He has served as the Associate Director of the NSF funded Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) at Lehigh. Currently a Principal in the Pennsylvania-based consultancy Zephyros, Inc., he has worked internationally as a project engineer and consultant, specializing in heuristic optimization, scheduling, simulation, database design and maintenance, factory layouts, testing and validation of new software and machines, CAD/CAM, and internet communications.



Rafael Parades ’03 MBA, ’00 M. Eng. Industrial Engineering (Fulbright) |

Profile: Rafael is a Lehigh alumnu having earned his MBA with distinction in 2003 and M.Eng. in Industrial Engineering through a Fulbright Scholarship in 2000. He is currently Director of Business Management at Air Products, where he is lead project integration and manager of general business support for their Peru acquisition. His broad industry experience includes Masco Corporation, Motorola, Maytag, Agere, and West Grand. Rafael has extensive knowledge and experience in operations, lean manufacturing, supply chain, project management, advance and big data analytics, and continuous improvement. He has a passion for developing strong teams and talent. Rafael is a Fulbright Scholar and certified in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.


Wilson Yale '73, '76G, '78 Ph.D. |

Research Areas: Wealth Management Optimization, Financial Optimization
Profile: At Lehigh University, Wilson earned a B.S. in Engineering Science with a major in Mathematics in 1973, a M.S. in Management Science with a concentration in Finance in 1976, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with a Major in Operations Research and a Minor in Information Systems in 1978. At the Business Analysis Systems Center, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, Wilson was involved in fundamental research performed in the areas of economic and financial modeling from 1978 through 1985. Wilson’s research interests include investigating effective mathematical models to address wealth management problems from a systems engineering perspective. Wilson looks at methods that provide optimal portfolio strategies in order to maximize the probability of meeting financial goals within a multitude of financial and economic scenarios.