INFORMS News: Morris, Cipriano earn Bonder Scholarships

James Morris (left), recipient of the Bonder Scholarship for Applied O.R. in Military Applications, receives congratulations from Committee Chair Greg Parlier.

James Morris (left), recipient of the Bonder Scholarship for Applied O.R. in Military Applications, receives congratulations from Committee Chair Greg Parlier.

INFORMS President Rina Schneur, recipient Lauren Cipriano, Mrs. Merrill Bonder and Prize Committee Chair Gino Lim (l-r).

INFORMS President Rina Schneur, recipient Lauren Cipriano, Mrs. Merrill Bonder and Prize Committee Chair Gino Lim (l-r).

James Morris of the Air Force Institute of Technology won the Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Military Applications, while Lauren Cipriano of Stanford University received the Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services. The $5,000 scholarships were presented by Greg Parlier and Gino Lim, respectively, at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Charlotte, N.C.

The scholarships are designed to promote the development and application of process modeling and operations research analyses to military issues and healthcare design, delivery and operations, respectively.

The scholarships were created and funded by the late Dr. Seth Bonder, the founder and CEO of Vector Research, a former president of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA), a Fellow of INFORMS and a longtime supporter of the O.R. community and INFORMS through his volunteer service and initiatives such as the Bonder Scholarships.

In introducing the scholarships, INFORMS President Rina Schneur paid tribute to Dr. Bonder and noted his many contributions to the Institute. Dr. Bonder passed away Oct. 29, two weeks before the conference. His widow, Merrill, attended the event and took part in the scholarship presentations. For more on Dr. Bonder, see page 54.