As part of its mission to provide “Real-Time Data-Driven Decision Making,” Optimal routinely hosts members of the academic, research, business, and nongovernmental organization communities to participate in its Brown Bag Series. Held during lunch, the Brown Bag Series offers Optimal staff and invited guests the opportunity to explore state-of-the-art research methods and discuss research findings and innovative ideas.

Upcoming Events

Date: March 28, 2018

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Reducing the Barriers for Data Driven Policy Decisions: Examining the Role of Standardized Open Data in Empowering the Global South

Donor-funded education interventions are quite common in developing countries that use rigorous evaluation designs to empirically assess the effectiveness of the treatment.  However, the data collected and analyzed to assess the intervention are not always published.

Past Events

Date: July 1, 2016

Location: College Park, MD

Healthcare from a Physician’s Perspective

Dr. Manoj Mathew, a healthcare consultant and co-founder/medical director at ACE Medical Associates with extensive experience as a hospitalist and a skilled nursing facility specialist (SNFist), visited Optimal Solutions Group to share a presentation on managed care from the clinician’s point of view.

Date: May 19, 2016

Location: College Park, MD

The New ABC’s of Research

Ben Shneiderman is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science, founding director of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and a member of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Date: June 18, 2015

Location: College Park, MD

Access to public parks as a place-based health prevention strategy

Access to public spaces, such as parks, green spaces or green infrastructure, has shown to be associated with improved levels of physical activity.

Date: December 6, 2011

Location: College Park, MD

Dr. Muhiuddin Haider and Ms. Hoda Sana to present on “Neonatal Health Issues in South Asia”

University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, Associate Professor in Global Health, Dr. Muhiuddin Haider and doctoral student Ms. Hoda Sana will discuss South Asian neonatal healthcare and neonatal healthcare improvement on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. at Optimal Solutions Group’s, LLC (Optimal’s) office in M Square Research Park in College Park, Maryland. Dr. Haider and Ms. Sana’s discussion […]

Date: November 9, 2011

Location: College Park, MD

Dr. Herrmann to present “Model-Based Systems Engineering for Healthcare Organizations” at Optimal’s Brown Bag Seminar

University of Maryland Associate Professor Dr. Jeffrey W. Herrmann will share new innovative models to improve operations of healthcare organizations on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 11:45 a.m. This brown bag seminar will be held at Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) headquarters located in M Square Research Park in College Park, Maryland.

Date: May 16, 2011

Location: College Park, MD

Dr. Chris Yang presents “Clarity in the Clutter: Automated Temporal Topic Organization in Social Media.”

Drexel University’s Associate Professor Dr. Chris Yang presented the use of temporal logic-based topic organization systems for social media on Friday, May 13, at Optimal Solutions Group, LLC’s (Optimal’s) Brown Bag event.

Date: January 1, 1970


Dr. William Rand presents “A Discussion on the Diffusion of Information in Social Networks”

Research Director Dr. William Rand of The Center for Complexity in Business at the University of Maryland will discuss questions of information diffusion and how to answer them through social media and agent-based modeling Noon on June 1st at Optimal Solution Group, LLC’s (Optimal’s) office.

Date: January 1, 1970


Marion Pines presents strategies for implementing large-scale initiatives

At Optimal Solutions Group, LLC’s (Optimal’s) Brown Bag lecture series last Wednesday, Marion Pines shared her insights about successfully implementing initiatives.

Date: January 1, 1970


Nutrition expert visits optimal to educate staff on healthy living

In an effort to underscore the importance of healthy living and staying active, Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) encourages its employees to keep moving and provides opportunities for staff to expand their knowledge outside their subject matter.

Date: January 1, 1970


Monthly household Income fluctuations, material deprivation and health outcomes in the U.S.

Dr. Neil Bania has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oregon.  His research is focused on food insufficiency and other social policy topic areas including welfare, housing assistance, and transportation as well as state and local taxation policies.  He joined the University of Oregon’s Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management in 2004 as an Associate Professor.  Prior […]

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