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Recent Faculty and student Awards and Honors

We are pleased to announce the following recent accomplishments of our Faculty, students, and Alumni.


Itai Ashlagi has been honored with second place in the 2014 JFIG (Junior Faculty Interest Group) Paper Competition of INFORMS. Itai’s paper, co-authored with Yash Kanoria and Jacob Leshno (both of Columbia Business School), is entitled “Unbalanced Random Matching Markets: The Stark Effect of Competition”. 

Website: informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/Community-Prizes-and-Awards/Junior-Faculty-Interest-Group/Junior-Faculty-Forum-Paper-Competition
Hamsa Balakrishnan received the 2014 Donald P. Eckman Award from the American Automatic Control Council. The Eckman Award recognizes an outstanding young engineer in the field of automatic control under the age of 35. Awarded June 2014 at the American Control Conference.

Website: a2c2.org/awards/donald-p-eckman-award

Cynthia Barnhart was awarded an honorary PhD from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL on October 4, 2014.

Website: actu.epfl.ch/news/un-magistral-bravo-aux-872-nouveaux-diplomes-de--5/

[Translation: "honorary doctorate...given to Cynthia Barnhart, for operations research that has had an impact on transportation systems and its ongoing commitment to the scientific community, with particular attention to the promotion of young researchers and women in her capacity as the first female chancellor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)."]

Dimitri Bertsekas received the 2014 ACC Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award. The award is for contributions to the foundations of deterministic and stochastic optimization-based methods in systems and control.

Website: a2c2.org/awards/richard-e-bellman-control-heritage-award

Dimitri Bertsekas received the 2014 Khachiyan Prize for Life-Time Accomplishments in Optimization.

Website: informs.org/Community/Optimization-Society/Optimization-Society-Prizes/Khachiyan-Prize/2014

Dimitri Bertsekas received the SIAM/MOS 2015 George B. Dantzig Prize. The prize is awarded for original research, which by its originality, breadth and scope, is having a major impact on the field of mathematical optimization.

Website: siam.org/prizes/sponsored/dantzig.php

Dimitris Bertsimas received the Jamieson Prize for his long-standing and broad impact on the School through his exemplary commitment to excellence and innovative thinking as a teacher and educational innovator, prolific curriculum developer, impactful textbook author, dedicated advisor, and educational program developer. Dimitris has taught 12 different courses in the past 15 years and has developed both MBA and PhD courses, including creating the highly successful MBA elective “The Analytics Edge,” delivering EMBA and edX MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) versions of it as well, and creating a popular course on robust optimization that attracts high numbers of PhD students from the OR Center and MIT EECS. Dimitris has also co-authored three graduate-level textbooks used in many university PhD and MBA programs; a fourth textbook will be published this summer. He is an exceptionally dedicated advisor and mentor, having graduated 53 PhD students to date and currently supervising 19, working individually with each one despite the high number. Dimitris has also provided innovative vision and boundless energy in working to develop a new Master’s program in Analytics.

Erik Brynjolfsson and MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy co-authors Frank MacCrory (Postdoctoral Associate) and George Westerman (Research Scientist), as well as co-author Yousef Alhammadi (Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi), have won the 2014 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) Award for Best Conference Paper.  Their winning paper is entitled, “Racing With and Against the Machine: Changes in Occupational Skill Composition in an Era of Rapid Technological Advance.”

Vivek Farias has won the 2014 Outstanding Simulation Publication Award given by the INFORMS Simulation Society. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the simulation literature in the prior three years (2011-2013).  Vivek’s winning paper (co-authored with Vijay Desai and Ciamac Moallemi, both at Columbia) is entitled “Pathwise Optimization for Optimal Stopping Problems” and was published in Management Science, 58 (12), in 2012.

Website: informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/Community-Prizes-and-Awards/Simulation-Society/Outstanding-Simulation-Publication-Award

Andrew Lo and Peter Alexander Lee received the runner-up prize to the Harry M. Markowitz Award for the paper “Hedge Fund Beta Replication: A Five Year Retrospective.”. The Harry M. Markowitz Award is sponsored jointly by the Journal of Investment Management and New Frontier Advisors, LLC.

Website: joim.com/markowitz.asp

Carolina Osorio was awarded the MIT Technology Review EmTech Colombia TR35 award. This award is given to young innovators less than 35 years old for work that promises to revolutionize the world of technology and business in the future. The EmTech Colombia TR35 awards cover a wide range of sectors including biotechnology, the development of new materials, energy, software, and transportation. The award’s objective is to recognize the development of new technologies, or creative application of existing technologies, that address real-world challenges.

Website: www2.technologyreview.com/tr35/faq.aspx

Georgia Perakis with Maxime Cohen and Zach Leung was awarded the Best Application of Theory award from the 2015 NEDSI (Northeast Decision Sciences Institute) Conference. Her winning paper, co-authored with Maxime C. Cohen (MIT ORC), Ngai-Hang Zachary Leung (CMU Tepper), and Kiran Panchamgam and Anthony Smith (both of Oracle RGBU), is entitled “Promotion Planning Through an Optimization Lens: From Theory to Practice.” The award was announced this past weekend here in Cambridge at the 2015 Northeast Decision Sciences Conference.

David Simchi-Levi and Kristine Johnson with Alex Lee received the 2014 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Practice Award for their project "Analytics for an Online Retailer - Demand Forecasting and Price Optimization at Rue La La".

Website: informs.org/Community/revenue-mgt/Prizes/Practice-Prize/2014-Practice-Award-Winner

David Simchi-Levi and Yehua Wei with Peter Yun Zhang received the 2014 INFORMS Daniel H Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice for the paper "Identifying Risks and Mitigating Disruptions in the Automotive Supply Chain."

Website: informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes-Awards/Daniel-H.-Wagner-Prize-for-Excellence-in-Operations-Research-Practice

David Simchi-Levi and Yehua Wei with Peter Yun Zhang received the Ford 2015 Engineering Excellence Award for the paper “Identifying Risks and Mitigating Disruptions in the Ford Supply Chain.”

Website: supplychain.mit.edu/2015/05/ford2015eeaward/

Y. Karen Zheng has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her project entitled “A Closed-Loop Methodology for Investigating Trust, Culture, and Information Sharing in Global Supply Chains.” CAREER Awards are the NSF’s “most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.”


Michael Beeler was awarded a D-Prize for a social enterprise business plan drawing on analytics and operations management principles to deliver quality secondary education in rural areas of developing countries, 2014.

Website: d-prize.org/#winners

Maxime Cohen and Zach Leung won the Best Student Paper from the Service Science Section for the paper "The Impact of Linear Optimization on Promotion Planning".

Website: informs.org/Community/Service-Science-Section/Awards-and-Recognition

Maxime Cohen and Charles Thraves won the POM Supply Chain Section the best student paper award.

Website: poms.org/2014/10/2015_best_student_paper_compet.html

Yaron Shaposhnik was a finalist in 2014 INFORMS MSOM Student Paper Competition for the paper “Scheduling with Testing”. This award is given annually for papers judged to be the best in the field of Operations Management.

Website: informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/Community-Prizes-and-Awards/Manufacturing-and-Service-Operations-Management/Student-Paper-Competition


Edward H Kaplan has been elected to lead the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).  With over 11,500 members, INFORMS is the largest association of operations research and analytics professionals in the world.  Kaplan will serve terms as President-Elect in 2015, President in 2016, and Past President in 2017.


Past Awards and Honors are archived here: http://www.mit.edu/~orc/people/awards/

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