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Faculty and student Awards and Honors 2013-2014

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

FACULTY
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Itai Ashlagi  and Peng Shi received the Public Programs, Services and Needs Best Paper Competition award, INFORMS 2013.
Website: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/Community-Prizes-and-Awards/Public-Programs-Services-and-Needs/Public-Programs-Services-and-Needs-Best-Paper-Competition

Cynthia Barnhart has been named MIT’s new chancellor.
Website: http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/martin-schmidt-named-provost-cynthia-barnhart-named-chancellor-0203

Dimitris Bertsimas, Allison O'Hair, Steve Relyea, and John Silberholz received the 2013 William Pierskalla Best Paper award in health care for their paper: “An analytics Approach to Designing Clinical Trials for Cancer”.
Date Awarded: October 7, 2013
Website: https://www.informs.org/Community/HAS/Pierskalla-Award

Dimitris Bertsimas also won the 2013 Philip McCord Morse lectureship. This is an award given every two years to honor an individual who “is an outstanding spokesman for the Operations Research profession”. The Lectureship is awarded in honor of Philip McCord Morse, the founder of the ORC, in recognition of his pioneering contribution to the field of operations research and the management sciences. Prior recipients include John Little in 1987 and Dick Larson in 1997.
Website: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes-Awards/Philip-McCord-Morse-Lectureship-Award

Dimitris Bertsimas, Amedeo Odoni and Guglielmo Lulli (from University of Milan, Italy) received the 2013 Best paper award in Transportation Science and Logistics for their paper,
“An Integer Optimization Approach to Large-Scale Air Traffic Flow Management”, Operations Research, 59 (1), 211-217, 2011.
Website: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/Community-Prizes-and-Awards/Transportation-Science-and-Logistics-Section/Best-Paper-Award

Erik Brynjolfsson and Duncan Simester won the (first annual) 2013 Management Science Best Paper Award in Information Systems, sponsored by the INFORMS Information Systems Society (ISS). The award recognizes the best contribution to the theory and practice of information systems among papers published in Management Science in the previous three years. Their winning paper, "Goodbye Pareto Principle, Hello Long Tail: The Effect of Search Costs on the Concentration of Product Sales,” is co-authored with Jeffrey Hu.
Website: https://www.informs.org/Community/ISS/Awards/Management-Science-Best-Paper-Award-in-Information-Systems

Patrick Jaillet was inducted as an INFORMS Fellow for “opening the field of a priori optimization for stochastic programming and for being regarded as the world leader in the field of probabilistic and online optimization”.
Website: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/Fellows

Richard Larson and Anna Teytelman were selected by the ISPOR Awards Committee as the recipient of the 2013 ISPOR Value in Health Paper of the Year Award for their paper  “Modeling the Effects of H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Distribution in the United States”, Value Health 2012;15:158-66.
Website:  http://www.ispor.org/awards/value-in-health-paper-of-the-year.asp

Retsef Levi along with Yale Herer and Assaf Avrahami received first place in the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice for the paper “Matching Supply and Demand via Delayed 2-Phase Distribution at Yedioth Group - Models, Algorithms and IT”.
Website: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes-Awards/Daniel-H.-Wagner-Prize-for-Excellence-in-Operations-Research-Practice

John Little was the IFORS Plenary Speaker at the Euro-INFORMS 2013 Conference in Rome.
Website: http://euro2013.org/?page_id=941

Andrew Lo has been inducted into the 233rd Class of Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Website: https://www.amacad.org/content/members/members.aspx

Eytan Modiano, his student Krishna Jagganathan, and their collaborator at Qualcomm received the IEEE WiOpt 2013 Best Paper award for their paper, "Scheduling Strategies to Mitigate the Impact of Bursty Traffic in Wireless Networks".
Website: http://cnrg.mit.edu/news/best-paper-award-wiopt-2013-0

Carolina Osorio received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her project entitled “ Simulation-Based Optimization Techniques For Urban Transportation Problems.” 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.”
Website: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1351512

Pablo Parrilo received the 2013 Farkas Prize of the INFORMS Optimization Society.
Website: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/Community-Prizes-and-Awards/Optimization-Society/Farkas-Prize-of-the-Optimization-Society

Cynthia Rudin was the winner of the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award for the paper “Machine Learning for Power Grid Reliability: Predicting Manhole Events in New York City”.
Website: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/Community-Prizes-and-Awards/Analytics-Section/Innovative-Applications-in-Analytics-Award

Devavrat Shah and Jinwoo Shin received the 2013 Best Publication Award from the Applied Probability Society of INFORMS for their paper “Randomized Scheduling Algorithm for Queueing Networks”, The Annals of Applied Probability, 2012, Vol. 22, 128-171. The Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the field of Applied Probability during the years 2010-2013.
Website: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/Community-Prizes-and-Awards/Applied-Probability/Best-Publication-Award

John Tsitsiklis and Kuang Xu received the Best Paper Award at the 2013 ACM SIGMETRICS for their paper "Queueing System Topologies with Limited Flexibility". Mr. Xu also received the Kenneth C. Sevcik Outstanding Student Paper Award for the same paper. This is the first time that both awards were given to the same paper at SIGMETRICS since its inception in 1973.
Website: http://www.sigmetrics.org/sigmetrics2013/

Juan Pablo Vielma won second place in the Junior Faculty Interest Group (JFIG) paper competition.
Website: https://www.informs.org/Community/JFIG/JFIG-Paper-Competition

Juan Pablo Vielma received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project entitled “Advanced Mixed Integer Programming Formulations.” 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.”
Website: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1351619

Karen Zheng was named Runner Up for the INFORMS Behavioral Operations Management Section Best Working Paper Award. The paper, co-authored with Ozalp Ozer and Yufei Ren, is entitled “Trust, Trustworthiness, and Information Sharing in Supply Chains Bridging China and the U.S.”
Website: https://www.informs.org/Community/BOM


STUDENTS
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Setareh Borjian was awarded the second-place prize in the INFORMS RAS Problem Solving Competition.
Website: https://www.informs.org/Community/RAS/Problem-Solving-Competition/2013-RAS-Problem-Solving-Competition

Vishal Gupta was a finalist in the George Nicholson Student Paper Competition 2013. 
Website: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes-Awards/George-Nicholson-Student-Paper-Competition

Vishal Gupta was also awarded the Best Paper Presentation in Financial Services Section 2012.
Website: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/Community-Prizes-and-Awards/Financial-Services-Section/Best-Presentation-Award

Kris Johnson was awarded the Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Engineering Systems Teaching For her work as a TA in ESD.267 and ESD.268.
Website: http://esd.mit.edu/digest/2013/062113.html

Nathan Kallus was a finalist in the George Nicholson Student Paper Competition 2013. 
Website: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes-Awards/George-Nicholson-Student-Paper-Competition

Benjamin Letham with Cynthia Rudin, Tyler H. McCormick, and David Madigan is a finalist for the INFORMS 2013 Data Mining Best Student Paper award for the paper "An Interpretable Stroke Prediction Model using Rules and Bayesian Analysis".
Website: https://www.informs.org/Community/Data-Mining-Section

Maokai Lin and Hai Wang, along with Jiangang Jin (SJTU, Shanghai, China) received first prize in the INFORMS RAS Problem Solving Competition.
Date Awarded: October 6th, 2013
Website: https://www.informs.org/Community/RAS/Problem-Solving-Competition/2013-RAS-Problem-Solving-Competition

Miles Lubin was the winner of the 2013 COIN-OR INFORMS Cup along with Cosmin Petra and Mihai Anitescu of Argonne National Laboratory and Julian Hall of University of Edinburgh for their work on parallelizing the simplex algorithm for structured linear programs on top of the COIN-OR open-source software.
Website: http://www.coin-or.org/coinCup/coinCup13.html.

Peng Shi won the Doing Good with Good OR Student Paper Competition 2013 for his paper “Guiding School Choice Reform through Novel Applications of Operations Research”.
Website: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes-Awards/Doing-Good-with-Good-OR-Student-Paper-Competition

Zhe Zhu was awarded Honorable Mention for INFORMS-Financial Services Section (FSS) Best Student Paper
Date Awarded: October 7, 2013
Website: https://www.informs.org/Community/FSS

ALUMNI
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Jason Acimovic was the winner of the CSCMP Doctoral Dissertation Award
Awarding Body: Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
Date awarded: October 20, 2013
Website: http://cscmp.org/career/awards/doctoral-dissertation-award

Jason Acimovic was also awarded the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award.
Awarding Body: INFORMS
Date awarded: October 6, 2013
Website: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes-Awards/George-B.-Dantzig-Dissertation-Award

Dan Iancu and Nikolaos Trikakis won the Junior Faculty Interest Group (JFIG) paper competition.
Website: https://www.informs.org/Community/JFIG/JFIG-Paper-Competition

Garrett van Ryzin received second place in the Case and Teaching Materials Competition.
Website: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes-Awards/Case-and-Teaching-Materials-Competition

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