Simulation Society: call for nominations

I-Sim Lifetime Professional Achievement Award

The INFORMS Simulation Society (I-Sim) has established the Lifetime Professional Achievement Award (LPAA) to recognize major contributions to the field of simulation that are sustained over most of a professional career, with the critical consideration being the total impact of those contributions on computer simulation. This award can be given at most once annually. An individual’s contributions may fall in one or more of the following areas: contributions to research, contributions to practice, dissemination of knowledge, development of software or hardware, service to the profession, and advancement of the status or visibility of the field.

Anyone is eligible to win the award, although individuals selected for this award should normally be in or near their retirement. The award may be received posthumously. Nominations may be submitted by anyone (including self-nominations), but they may not be made anonymously. The burden of offering evidence of merit falls on the nominator. Each nomination should include:

  • the nominee’s complete resumé;
  • a clear-cut, comprehensive description of the nominee’s major contributions to the profession, with complete supporting documentation; and
  • at least three letters of endorsement providing evidence of the significance and magnitude of the nominee’s professional achievements.

Nominations should be sent by Sept. 1 to the LPAA Committee Chair: Marvin Nakayama ( The nomination should be submitted via e-mail as a PDF. At least two weeks before the submission deadline, nominators should alert the committee chair by email of forthcoming nominations. If given, the award will be presented at the Winter Simulation Conference in Las Vegas, Dec. 3-6 (

I-Sim Distinguished Service Award

The INFORMS Simulation Society (I-Sim) annually sponsors a Distinguished Service Award (DSA) to recognize individuals who have provided longstanding, exceptional service to the simulation community, given to at most one person each year. This award is for sustained service to the simulation community over at least 15 to 20 years or longer, and acquitted with distinction. The concept of service for this award does not include teaching or research contributions. Areas of volunteer service include, for example: (i) elected offices in simulation societies; (ii) editorial responsibilities such as area editor or editor-in-chief for simulation; (iii) responsibilities such as program chair, proceedings editor, general chair, or member of the program or organizing committee for conferences involving simulation; (iv) appointed positions for simulation-related activities, such as newsletter editor or serving on committees; and (v) undertakings and actions that promote simulation.

Nominations for the award can be made by anyone and should be sent by Sept. 15 to the DSA Committee Chair: Enver Yücesan, professor of Operations Management, INSEAD, Letters of nomination should identify the nominee’s areas of exceptional service, detailing the activities for which the nominee is believed to deserve this award. The nominator has the responsibility for justifying why the nominee should receive this award. If given, the award will be presented at the Winter Simulation Conference in Las Vegas, Dec. 3-6 (