Harrison receives Kimball Medal for distinguished service

Terry Harrison of Pennsylvania State University (left) accepts the Kimball Medal from INFORMS President Steve Robinson (right).

Terry Harrison of Pennsylvania State University (left) accepts the Kimball Medal from INFORMS President Steve Robinson (right).

Former INFORMS President Terry P. Harrison, a professor at Penn State University, received the George E. Kimball Medal for distinguished service to INFORMS and the O.R. profession. INFORMS President Stephen Robinson, chair of the Kimball Medal Committee, made the presentation at the 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The citation read in part:

Professor Harrison has a long history of service to the profession, in general, and INFORMS, in particular. He has served five times as an Edelman judge, six times as a Wagner Prize judge, two terms as editor in chief of Interfaces, five years as vice president of Publications, and a three-year sequence as president-elect, president (2012) and past president of INFORMS, along with many contributions within meetings, publications, planning and outreach. He currently serves on the Analytics Certification Board.

Harrison is a recently elected Fellow of INFORMS. He has also served as an operations research and analytics consultant on a continual basis for over 30 years to industry, federal and state governments.

The citation also noted that Harrison received his B.S. in forest science from Penn State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in management science at the University of Tennessee. He has been a member of the faculty at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State since 1982. He was a member of the Management Science and Information Systems Department from 1982-2002, serving as department chair in 2000-2001. Since 2002, he has been a member of the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department within Smeal. He is currently the Earl P. Strong Executive Education Professor of Business, Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems and Faculty Director of Sustainability.

Professor Harrison’s research has primarily focused on the use of operations research and analytics applied to supply chain management. The application of his work on the design of supply chains was an Edelman finalist and the co-authored companion paper is one of the most highly cited manuscripts in the history of Interfaces.

Harrison is a co-recipient of the Wilbur Payne Group Award for excellence in Army Operations Research that is presented yearly by the Army Operations Research Society for excellence in Army O.R. for his work on enabling strategic responsiveness. He has also received other awards for research and practice from other professional organizations.

Harrison has won a number of teaching awards, including a national award by Educom for implementing optimization in undergraduate optimization and recognition by Business Week as a “four-star” instructor. He has designed six new graduate courses on various aspects of optimization and is currently co-developing an online curriculum that includes a new course on prescriptive analytics.