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Honors and Awards 2009-2010

We are delighted to report on a large number of honors and awards received by the MIT operations research community


ORC Faculty

Cindy Barnhart was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (February 2010).                        

Dimitri Bertsekas received the INFORMS Expository Writing Award (November 2009).  This award honors an operations researcher/management scientist whose publications demonstrate a consistently high standard of expository writing. 

Gabriel Bitran was awarded the Distinguished Fellow of the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM) Society  (June 2009).   In addition, Gabriel was awarded the INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Historical Award (2009).  This award recognizes critical contributions to the science of pricing and revenue management published in English, prior to 1999.

John D. C. Little was honored at a “John D. C. Little Festschrift Celebration,” at the 2009 INFORMS Marketing Science Conference held at the University of Michigan (June 2009.  A festschrift is a volume of papers written to honor an individual, which in John’s case will eventually include about twenty papers and be published in 2010.  Among John’s achievements, he is famous for Little’s Law in queuing, decision calculus models for marketing managers, his paper on marketing decision support systems, and his role in creating marketing science as a field.

Tom Magnanti was officially appointed as the founding President of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (October 2009).

Eytan Modiano received the AIAA Undergraduate Teaching Award (May 2010).

Georgia Perakis was named the Williams F. Pound Professor of Operations Research and Operations Management.

Don Rosenfield was awarded the Joseph A. Matore Award for Excellence in Teaching by ESD (May 2010).

Cynthia Rudin received the Best Poster Award at The Eighth International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA 2009).

Andreas Schulz was named the Patrick J. McGovern Professorship of Management. 

David Simchi-Levi and his co-author Xin Chen (ORC alum) won the INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Prize for their papers on coordinating inventory and pricing strategies in the supply chain (October 2009).

John Tsitsiklis delivered the Applied Probability Society Markov Lecture at the INFORMS Annual Meeting (October 2009).

ORC Students

Doug Fearing was awarded the Anna Valicek Medal from AGIFORS (Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies). (October 2009).  This award recognizes original and innovative research in the application of operations research to airline and/or airline related business problems.

Benjamin Hung received the General Omar N. Bradley Research Fellowship for Mathematics (September 2009).

Dan Iancu was awarded the INFORMS Optimization Society Student Paper Prize (October 2009); received an IBM Goldstine Fellowship (February 2010), and received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award from the Sloan School (May 2010).

Rajiv Menjoge received the MIT Sloan School Excellence in Teaching award (May 2010).

Cong Shi won first prize in the INFORMS 2009 Nicholson Student Paper Competition (October 2009).

Theophane Weber was a finalist in the INFORMS 2009 Nicholson Student Paper Competition (October 2009).


Laura Rose was inducted into the Quarter Century Club in recognition and appreciation for 25 years of faithful service to MIT (April 2010).

ORC Alumni

Margaret Brandeau (Stanford) and Garret van Ryzin (Columbia) became INFORMS Fellows (October 2009).

Edward Kaplan (Yale) received the INFORMS Philip McCord Morse Lectureship Award (October 2009).

Ralph Keeney (Duke) was awarded the INFORMS President’s Award (October 2009).  This award is to recognize, and thereby encourage, important contributions to the welfare of society by members of our profession at the local, national, or global level.

Susan Martonosi (Harvey Mudd) and Amr Farahat (Cornell) received first place in the INFORMS Case and Teaching Materials Competition (October 2009).  The purpose of this annual competition is to encourage the creation, dissemination, and classroom use of new, unpublished cases in operations research and the management sciences.