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



Past Events

Date: June 28, 2017

Location: Singapore

IPPA 3- Singapore 2017

The 3rd annual International Conference on Public Policy is around the corner, and this year Optimal will be a presenter at the three-day conference (June 28th-30th) in Singapore. The conference will include panels, networking, and workshops that feature talks on policy design, the political process of policymaking, policy instruments and more. Among the presenters will be Optimal’s CEO, Dr. Mark […]

Date: May 30, 2017

Location: College Park, MD

Beating the Odds: Studies in Federal Education Research

Former staffer, now associate professor, Mark A. Partridge, Ph.D. provided Optimal staffers an overview of the findings of the Beating the Odds (BTO) study in Federal Education Research. This study is an analysis of student performance in reading and mathematics on state assessments in big city schools. Dr. Partridge’s presentation focused on the BTO findings from South Carolina charter schools. […]

Date: May 25, 2017

Location: College Park, MD

UMD’s human-computer interaction lab launched 34th annual symposium

The Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) hosted its 34th Annual Symposium on May 25, 2017, at the University of Maryland, College Park. The HCIL symposium was founded in 1983 with a mission to transform the experience people have with new technologies. Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) has been a long-term sponsor for this gathering of innovative thinkers.

Date: March 23, 2017

Location: College Park, MD

International Conference on Public Policy- Singapore 2017

The 3rd annual International Conference on Public Policy is around the corner, and this year Optimal will be a presenter at the three-day conference (June 28th-30th) in Singapore. The conference will include panels, networking, and workshops that feature talks on policy design, the political process of policy making, policy instruments and more. Among the presenters will be Optimal’s CEO, Mark […]

Date: July 19, 2016

Location: College Park, MD

Optimal staff learn how to tackle technical debt

Optimal’s Analytics team recently attended an in-house lecture given by Dr. Carolyn Seaman, who inspired the staff to think more deeply about the software they currently use to prevent accumulating “technical debt.”

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.

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