INFORMS NEWS: Undergraduate Operations Research Prize

Committee Chair Bob Day (far left) and INFORMS President Anne Robinson (far right) flank members of the University of Pennsylvania team.

Committee Chair Bob Day (far left) and INFORMS President Anne Robinson (far right) flank members of the University of Pennsylvania team.

Committee Chair Bob Day (far left) and INFORMS President Anne Robinson (far right) flank members of the Bilkent University team.

Committee Chair Bob Day (far left) and INFORMS President Anne Robinson (far right) flank members of the Bilkent University team.

Multi-student teams from the University of Pennsylvania and Bilkent University in Turkey each won the 2013 INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Prize for their respective papers “Designing a Simulation Tool for Commercial Cross-Docking Application” (University of Pennsylvania) and “Flight Scheduling Optimization and Automation for AnadoluJet” (Bilkent University).

The competition is held each year to honor a student or group of students who conducted a significant applied project or important theoretical or applied research in operations research or management science while enrolled as an undergraduate student.

The University of Pennsylvania group included Frederick Abiprabowo, Napat Harinsuit, Samuel Lim and Willis Zhang. The Bilkent University group was comprised of Nazli Busra Akar, Basak Kepir, Cagil Kocyigit, Isil Koyuncu, Melis Beren Özer and Tunca Turkoglu.

Prize committee member Bob Day presented the awards at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis on behalf of committee chair Itir Karaesmen.