Three members of INFORMS – Stephen Boyd, Brenda Dietrich and Wallace (Wally) Hopp – were recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,” and to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

Boyd, the Samsung Professor in the School of Engineering and professor of Information Systems Laboratory in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, was honored for his contributions to “engineering design and analysis via convex optimization.”

Dietrich, IBM Fellow and vice president, chief technology officer for Business Analytics Software at IBM and a past president of INFORMS, was honored for her contributions to “engineering algorithms, frameworks and tools to solve complex business problems.”

Hopp, senior associate dean for faculty and research, Herrick Professor of Business, professor of technology and operations and professor of industrial and operations engineering, University of Michigan, was recognized for “creating and applying fundamental engineering principles governing the underlying behavior of manufacturing systems and supply chains.”

Cynthia Barnhart

Cynthia Barnhart, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, a former associate dean of MIT’s School of Engineering and a past president of INFORMS, was named chancellor of MIT.

As chancellor, Barnhart oversees graduate and undergraduate education, student life, student services and other areas that impact the student experience. Together with the provost, the chancellor advises the president and participates in strategic planning on faculty appointments, resource development and institute resources and buildings.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as chancellor,” Barnhart says, “because the position is all about students and their learning and life experiences at MIT. I can think of nothing on our campus more important to me.”

Barnhart’s teaching and research interests involve the development of optimization methods for large-scale transportation and logistics problems. Her approaches often require the development of new models and algorithms and their implementations in real operating environments. 

Barnhart is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and has also served as co-director of both MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics and the Operations Research Center. She has served in editorial positions for several INFORMS journals, including Operations Research, Transportation Science and Management Science, as well as president of both the INFORMS Women in Operations Research/Management Science Forum and the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics.

Barnhart has been awarded the Franz Edelman Prize for Achievement in Operations and the Management Sciences from INFORMS.