INFORMS NEWS: Doing Good With Good O.R. Student Competition

Committee Co-Chairs Laura McLay and J Jérémie Gallien, Peng Shi and INFORMS President Anne Robinson (l-r).

Committee Co-Chairs Laura McLay and J Jérémie Gallien, Peng Shi and INFORMS President Anne Robinson (l-r).

Peng Shi of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology won the 2013 INFORMS Doing Good with Good O.R. Student Competition with the project, “Guiding School Choice Reform through Novel Applications of Operations Research.”

Committee Co-Chairs Laura McLay and J Jérémie Gallien made the award presentation at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.

The competition is designed to identify and honor outstanding projects in the field of operations research and the management sciences conducted by a student or student group that have a significant societal impact. The projects must have, or are likely to have, a significant societal impact, and operations research and management science methods and tools (broadly interpreted) must be central to the success of the projects described. “Societal impact” should be construed to mean an impact on individuals, communities and organizations that goes beyond that associated with a private-sector for-profit initiative. The projects might also strive to include innovation through theory and creative computational methods, and it should address implementation challenges.