INFORMS NEWS: Newman earns INFORMS Prize for Teaching of OR/MS Practice

Committee member Michael Gorman, recipient Alexandra M. Newman and INFORMS President Anne Robinson (l-r).

Committee member Michael Gorman, recipient Alexandra M. Newman and INFORMS President Anne Robinson (l-r).

The 2013 INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice was presented to Alexandra M. Newman of the Colorado School of Mines for her “contribution in preparing hundreds of students to assume critical roles in practicing the art of operations research and management science is exemplary.”
Committee member Michael Gorman made the presentation on behalf of Committee Chair Jeffrey Kline at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.
The award citation read in part:
Dr. Alexandra M. Newman’s … use of real-world decision tools like the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) ReEDS model in her Advanced Linear Programming Course and the Optimization Feeder Movement at a Quarry model in the Network Modes Course effectively involves students in solving actual problems while inspiring them through examples of her own contributions to the practice of operations research. In addition, testimony from her peers and past students demonstrate her dedication to out-of-classroom practical experience. Examples include accompanying students to customer conferences and leading others in verifying U.S. Air Force Space Command’s space systems operations research allocation models.
Dr. Newman’s past students have assumed positions of analytical leadership in U.S. Northern Command, Ulteig Engineering, U.S. Air Forces Europe and the U.S. Army’s Center for Army Analysis, while others have become leading researchers in academia. They credit their success to Dr. Newman’s dedication and practical approach to graduate education.
The Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice is given annually, if there is a suitable recipient, to a university or college teacher for excellence in teaching the practice of OR/MS. The purpose of the award is to recognize a teacher who has succeeded in helping his or her students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective practitioners of operations research or the management sciences. ORMS