TED@UPS Video Intro: Mallory Soldner

Corporations often give money, logistical support and even their own people to solve some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian problems. But what if big companies were willing to share their other most precious resource: data?

At UPS, I’m an advanced analytics manager. But for fun, I like to travel.

My favorite trip was backpacking around Southeast Asia after I finished grad school. And recently, I went to Iceland for a friend’s wedding.

Watch Mallory talk about her TED@UPS experience.

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I want people to think creatively about how we can address world hunger with an engineering approach.

I also like cooking – I learned to make pasta in Italy.

I love exploring Atlanta, doing yoga and Pilates and mixing cocktails with friends.

One thing I’m passionate about is ending world hunger. There’s enough food on this planet to feed everybody – there’s just not a way to get it into the hands of everybody that needs it.

Part of that’s a political and economic problem, but it’s also an engineering problem if you think about it as well.

One thing I hope my talk does is start making people think creatively about how we can address world hunger and take an engineering approach to do so.

Preparing for my TED@UPS talk has been interesting. It’s given me the opportunity to see behind the curtains and see all of the things that go into a TED talk. I’ve watched TED talks many times over the years and have always wondered how the person actually manages to pull everything off.

I soon realized that so many people are involved in making the talk a success.

For my talk, it’s all about data. Data can actually be like the “secret spice” for improving humanitarian operations. If you use it correctly with an engineering approach, you can be more efficient with every aid dollar, and ultimately, you can help more people.

Companies have a major role to play and must be involved.

Mallory Soldner, Advanced Analytics Manager, Data Activist

Mallory SoldnerMallory Soldner has spent years researching how to do the most good with data.

In 2014, she earned her PhD in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Her thesis explored how to measure and improve humanitarian operations in practical ways – with a special focus on the use of algorithms.

While Mallory was in graduate school, she helped lead supply chain optimization projects for the UN World Food Programme.

Today, she is an advanced analytics manager at UPS, where she works on research and development projects and consults within the company.

She earned her master’s in operations research from MIT, and her bachelor’s in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech.

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