Keskinocak, Team Win 2010 EURO Excellence in Practice Award

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After being selected as one of six finalists out of a pool of seventy-three submissions from all over the world, the paper titled “Catch-Up Scheduling for Childhood Vaccination” was awarded the 2010 EURO Excellence in Practice Award. The paper is co-authored by Pinar Keskinocak, who is the Harold R. and Mary Anne Nash Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), co-director in the Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics, and associate director of research in the Health Systems Institute; former ISyE Ph.D. student Faramroze Engineer (DR IE 2009); and Dr. Larry Pickering from the CDC.

The paper describes the decision-support tool for constructing catch-up schedules for childhood immunization. The web-based tool creates a safe and effective catch-up schedule for any missed vaccinations to ensure that a child receives timely coverage against vaccine-preventable diseases. The catch-up scheduler is available for free download from CDC’s website

According to Keskinocak, “our approach is unique in methodology, information, strategy, and advice it offers to the user.” The tool is being advocated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Keskinocak presented the paper at a special session of the EURO INFORMS 2010 conference in Lisbon, Portugal in July. EURO is the Association of European Operational Research Societies within IFORS, the International Federation of Operational Research Societies.

With the goal of recognizing outstanding accomplishments in the practice of operations research, the Excellence in Practice Award is given based upon scientific quality; relevance to operational research; originality in methodology, implementations and/ or field of application; a real impact to practice; and appreciation by the organization involved with the application.


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  • Created By: Edie Cohen
  • Created: 10/13/2010
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  • Modified: 10/07/2016

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