February 1996 Volume 23 No. 1
INFORMS Decision Analysis Awards
The INFORMS Section on Decision Analysis issued the following three awards
at the Section's business meeting last fall in New Orleans:
James E. Matheson was presented the Frank P. Ramsey Medal -- the
highest award of the Section on Decision Analysis. It was created to recognize
substantial and distinguished contributions to the field of decision analysis.
Matheson is a founder and director of Strategic Decisions Group (a decision
analysis consulting firm based in Menlo Park, Calif.) and a leading figure
in developing professional decision analysis. He has supervised hundreds
of decision analysis applications in such areas as corporate strategy, capital
investment, research and development, environmental safety, contract bidding,
space exploration and public investment. He created the SRI International
Decision Analysis Group and directed it for 14 years before forming Strategic
Decisions Group in 1981. He is responsible for many innovations in methodology
that have made decision analysis a powerful tool throughout many fields
and industries. In 1967, he was appointed to the consulting faculty of Stanford
University, where he is currently consulting professor in the Engineering-Economic
James E. Smith received the Decision Analysis Publication Award for
his article, "Moment Methods in Decision Analysis," which appeared
in Management Science, Vol. 39, No. 3 (1993). Smith is currently
an associate professor at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.
G. Mark Brown received the Student Paper Award for his paper, "Evaluation
of Vision Correction Alternatives for Myopic Adults." The paper is
an outgrowth of Brown's master's thesis in the Master of Science in Systems
Management (MSSM) program at University of Southern California. Brown graduated
from that program in May of 1995 and is currently a Member of the Technical
Staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
INFORMS Transportation Science Awards
Bernard Gendron of the Université de Montréal has been
awarded the 1995 INFORMS Transportation Science Section Dissertation Award.
He received the award for his dissertation "New Methods for Solving
Network Design Problems and their Parallel Implementations."
An honorable mention was awarded to Xu Jun Eberlein of MIT for "RealTime
Control Strategies in Transit Operations: Models and Analysis."
Harald Niederreiter of the Austrian Academy of Sciences has been
awarded the 1995 Simulation Publication Award. He received the award for
his book "Random Number Generation and Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods,"
published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
Thomas Magnanti of MIT presented a plenary session at the International
Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS) Specialized Conference
on OR and Engineering Design, held Oct. 24-27, 1995, in St. Louis, Mo. The
conference was attended by more than 100 participants from 19 countries
on five continents.
Carl M. Harris, chairman of Operations Research at George Mason
University, and former president of ORSA, has been awarded the University's
BDM International Chair in Information Technology.
Jaap Ponstein, professor of operations research in the Department
of Econometrics at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, died on
Nov. 22, 1995.
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