David K. George, a recent Ph.D. graduate of the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering of The Ohio State University and an active member of INFORMS, passed away at the age of 34 on Feb. 20 in St. Louis.

Dr. George received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University in 2002, and he earned his Ph.D. degree in Integrated Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2012. Before joining OSU, he worked as an analyst in supply chain optimization at GAIN Systems, Inc. for five years.

At OSU, Dr. George was an intelligent, dedicated and outstanding Ph.D. student. He was the recipient of the 2007 Bonder Fellowship and was nominated by the ISE department to the IIE Doctoral Colloquium in Reno, Nev., in 2011. During his Ph.D. study, he published three articles in prestigious peer reviewed journals and made many quality conference presentations. After graduation, Dr. George worked as a senior analyst in the research group on operations research and analytics at Monsanto Corporation.

At OSU, Dr. George served as the vice president of INFORMS’ Ohio State Student Chapter. He organized multiple student activities and helped at the INFORMS Midwest Regional Conference in 2011. He also served as a teaching assistant for many courses and was an excellent lab instructor in teaching ARENA for the discrete event simulation course. His students recall him as helpful, patient and understanding.

Dr. George was a kind, gentle and brilliant person. He is survived by his wife, Michelle Santiago, and son, Stephen George.