INFORMS News: Kline earns INFORMS Prize for Teaching of OR/MS Practice

Incoming INFORMS President Terry Harrison (left) and 2011 INFORMS President Rina Schneur (center) congratulate Jeffrey Kline (right).

Incoming INFORMS President Terry Harrison (left) and 2011 INFORMS President Rina Schneur (center) congratulate Jeffrey Kline (right).

The 2011 INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice was presented to Jeffrey E. Kline, a senior lecturer and director for Maritime Defense and Security Research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calf. INFORMS President-Elect Terry Harrison, filling in for committee chair Michael Gorman, made the presentation at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Charlotte, N.C.

The award citation read in part:

Jeffrey E. Kline has been the energy and inspiration behind the design, development and delivery of multiple courses that reach across the spectrum of teaching OR/MS practice. From young ensigns right out of the Naval Academy to admirals receiving executive education on their way to new assignments, he brings his vast, hands-on OR/MS fleet experience and passion for making a difference. He effectively employs his unique skill set to educate and develop these officers so they can effectively practice OR/MS as they face fleet challenges today and make a difference in the Navy of tomorrow.

[Kline] has had a dramatic, long-lasting effect on his students and colleagues throughout his career. He not only teaches students in the classroom, but continually reaches out to “teach the teachers” through his electives course at the Naval War College and through his distance learning Masters of Systems Analysis Capstone Course. To capture his influence on the practice of OR/MS, we believe the following quotation best summarizes [Kline]: “… a phenomenal teacher, a tireless mentor and a large contributor to the military services’ ‘practical’ use of operations research. He is shaping the next generation of operations research professionals.”