2009 INFORMS Honors ISyE Students and Faculty

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Several faculty and students of the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) were honored this year at the 2009 Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) annual meeting held in October in San Diego.

Evren Ozkaya received an Honorable Mention, George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award. Advisors: Pinar Keskinocak and John Vande Vate.

Jiheng Zhang received an Honorable Mention, Nicholson Student Paper Competition. Zhang is the former student of Jim Dai and Bert Zwart.

F. Engineer received an Honorable Mention, Doing Good with Good OR Student Paper Competition with "Catch-up Scheduling for Childhood Immunization." Co-authors: P. Keskinocak and L. Pickering.

Lulu Kang won the Best Student Paper Award from the Quality, Statistics, and Reliability section of INFORMS. Advisor: Roshan Vengazhiyil.

Rensheng Zhou was among the four finalists for the Best Student Paper Award from the Quality, Statistics, and Reliability section of INFORMS. Advisor: Nagi Gabriel.

Gizem Keysan won the Dissertation Prize of the Aviations Applications Section of INFORMS. Advisors: Martin Savelsbergh and George Nemhauser.

Gizem Keysan was the runner-up in the 2009 AGIFORS Anna Valicek Medal. Co-authors: Martin Savelsbergh and George Nemhauser.

O. Ergun, J. Heier Stamm, P. Keskinocak, J. Swann, first runner-up, 2009 Best Teaching Case Award with "Lessons in Disaster Supply Chain Management from Waffle House Restaurants" from INFORMS Forum on Education.

Ali Ekici, finalist, 2009 Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM) Society Student Paper Competition with ``Modeling Influenza Pandemic, Intervention Strategies, and Food Distribution.'' Co-authors: Pinar Keskinocak and Julie Swann.

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