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INFORMS News: Nicholson Student Paper Competition

Nicholson Prize finalists Shiqian Ma, Chen Chen, Kuang Xu (winner), Yehua Wei and Committee Chair Mor Armony (l-r).

Nicholson Prize finalists Shiqian Ma, Chen Chen, Kuang Xu (winner), Yehua Wei and Committee Chair Mor Armony (l-r).

Kuang Xu of MIT won the 2011 George E. Nicholson Student Paper competition for his paper, “On the Power of Centralization in Distributed Processing.” Committee Chair Mor Armony announced the winner at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Charlotte, N.C.

The competition is held each year in honor of outstanding papers in the field of operations research and the management sciences written by a student. The finalists presented their papers in sessions held on the first day of the conference.

Yehua Wei of MIT finished second, while Shiqian Ma of Columbia University, Juliane Dunkel of MIT and Chen Chen of Columbia received honorable mention.