INFORMS: People

Four members of INFORMS – Jonathan Caulkins, S. Jack Hu, Michael Todd and David Yao – were recently elected to membership of the National Academy of Engineering. They were among 67 new U.S. members and 12 foreign members announced by NAE President C.D. (Dan) Mote Jr. in February, bringing the total U.S. membership to 2,263 and the number of foreign members to 221.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among 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.”

Following are brief bios of the recently honored INFORMS foursome and their principal engineering accomplishments as cited by NAE:

Jonathan P. Caulkins, H. Guyford Stever Professorship of Operations Research and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, for “contributions to the analysis, modeling and engineering of drug policy in the United States and abroad.”

S. Jack Hu, interim vice president for research, J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing Technology, professor of mechanical engineering, and professor of industrial and operations engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, “for methods for predicting and diagnosing root causes of product quality variation in multistage assembly systems.”

Michael J. Todd, Leon C. Welch Professor, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., “for contributions to the theory and application of algorithms for continuous optimization.”

David D. Yao, Piyasombatkul Family Professor and professor of industrial engineering and operations research, Columbia University, New York City, “for understanding of stochastic systems and their applications in engineering and service operations.”