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Optimization, Operations Research and the Edelman Prize

This year, I have the distinct honor of chairing the committee to award the Franz Edelman Award, given out by INFORMS for the best work that “attests to the contributions of operations research and analytics in both the profit and non-profit sectors”.  This competition has been incredibly inspiring to me throughout my career.  Just this […]

INFORMS 2013: “Dessert? I like Dessert!”

I have posted to the INFORMS Conference blog again, this time on “Dessert? I like Dessert!”.

An Operations Research Nobel?

This entry is a copy of an blog posting I made for the INFORMS Phoenix conference blog. The Nobel Prize committee has never quite taken to operations research.  If George Dantzig  was not awarded the prize, it is hard to see what our field has to do in order to be recognized.  But many recipients […]

George Nemhauser and Laurence Wolsey win von Neumann Theory Prize

A twitter report has George Nemhauser of Georgia Tech winning the von Neumann Theory Prize from INFORMS. My dear advisor, Prof. George Nemhauser ( will be awarded the INFORMS von Neumann Theory Prize this year! #informs2012 — Rodolfo Carvajal (@rocarvaj) September 26, 2012   Turns out that you can confirm this at the online conference program:  George […]

“For S/He’s a Jolly Good [INFORMS] Fellow!”

Further to INFORMS recognitions, now is the time to nominate people for INFORMS Fellow.  I was on the board when plans for the Fellow’s program got underway and I, like many, was a little leery.  Way back in the early 1950s, the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) started a Fellow’s program that led almost […]

Kimball Medal Call for Nominations

I’m chairing this year’s Kimball Medal Committee.  Here is the call for nominations: The George E. Kimball Medal is awarded by INFORMS for recognition of distinguished service to the Institute and to the profession of operations research and the management sciences.   The committee for this year’s award is Michael Trick (Chair), Robin Keller, and […]

Are you an Undergraduate who has done Great OR?

If you are an undergraduate student who has done great operations research, or know someone like that, note that INFORMS has a prize for great undergraduate work.   The work can be in OR theory or practice, but the judging is based on a paper.  You can find out more information at the INFORMS website.  Better […]

INFORMS Optimization Awards

The INFORMS Optimization Society just announced their 2010 awards. I [Nick Sahinidis, President of the Society] am delighted to announce the winners of the 2010 INFORMS Optimization Society Prizes: – George L. Nemhauser, winner of the first Khachiyan Prize for his life-time achievements in the field of optimization – Zhi-Quan (Tom) Luo, winner of the […]

Doing Good with Good OR, 2010 edition

INFORMS is again sponsoring a student project prize on the theme “Doing Good with Good OR”: Doing Good with Good OR-Student Competition is held each year to identify and honor outstanding projects in the field of operations research and the management sciences conducted by a student or student group that have a significant societal impact. […]

David Johnson to Receive Knuth Prize

AT&T Labs researcher David Johnson will receive this year’s Knuth Prize from the ACM “for his contributions to theoretical and experimental analysis of algorithms”.  While Johnson is best known for his NP-Completeness book with Michael Garey, he has had an extraordinarily influential career in both the theory of approximation algorithms and in research on experimental […]