Undergraduate Operations Research Prize

Aurelie Thiele (left) presents the Undergraduate Operations Research Prize to Hongfan Chen (right) as INFORMS President Steve Robinson (center) looks on.

Aurelie Thiele (left) presents the Undergraduate Operations Research Prize to Hongfan Chen (right) as INFORMS President Steve Robinson (center) looks on.

Former Georgia Tech student Hongfan “Kevin” Chen won the Undergraduate Operations Research Prize from INFORMS for the paper, “Robust Demand Response Portfolio Management under Operational Uncertainty,” co-authored by Georgia Tech ISyE Associate Professor Shijie Deng and ISyE Assistant Professor Andy Sun. Chen, who graduated from Georgia Tech last summer, is now pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Committee member Aurelie Thiele presented the award on behalf of Committee Chair U. Tuncay Aplarslan at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The Undergraduate Operations Research Prize Competition is held each year to honor a student or group of students who conducted a significant applied project in operations research or management science, and/or original and important theoretical or applied research in operations research or management science, while enrolled as an undergraduate student. The prize includes a monetary award of $500 plus travel support to attend the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Finalists included Jisu Park of Georgia Tech, Binnam Kim of Korea University, Chao Qin and Cheng Hua of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Muberra Ozmen, Engin Yildiz, Gamze Yagiz, Selen Yildirim and Sidika Tunc of Middle East Technical University.