INFORMS NEWS: INFORMS welcomes eight Fellows

Jolly good Fellows (l-r) Pitu Mirchandani, Eva K. Lee, Rakesh V. Vohra, C. Allen Butler, Pinar Keskinocak and Jack Levis.

Jolly good Fellows (l-r) Pitu Mirchandani, Eva K. Lee, Rakesh V. Vohra, C. Allen Butler, Pinar Keskinocak and Jack Levis.

INFORMS honored eight new Fellows at a special luncheon for their “outstanding lifetime achievement in operations research and the management sciences” during the 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. INFORMS Fellows have “demonstrated exceptional accomplishments and made significant contributions to the advancement of operations research and management science over a period of time.”

The 2015 Fellow honorees included:

C. Allen Butler, for successful management of the Daniel H. Wagner consulting company, exemplary service to INFORMS and the profession, and outstanding operations research/management science (OR/MS) and analytics practice in the defense industry.

Gérard Cachon, for contributions to the theory of supply chain contracting and for service to the profession as editor-in-chief of the INFORMS journals Management Science and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM).

Pinar Keskinocak, for contributions to the applications of OR/MS in health and humanitarian systems and distinguished service to the INFORMS community. Dr. Keskinocak has just been elected secretary of the INFORMS Board of Directors and will begin her term in 2016.

Eva K. Lee, for contributions in O.R. methodologies and to O.R. practice in medicine, biomedicine and emergency preparedness, with successful implementations and broad impact.

Jack Levis, for significant contributions with high impact in the areas of O.R. practice, management and service, including active involvement on the INFORMS Board, the INFORMS Analytics Certification Board and leadership of the O.R. group at UPS.

Pitu Mirchandani, for fundamental research contributions to dynamic and stochastic networks, location models, adaptive control of transportation systems and traffic modeling and analysis.

Benjamin Van Roy, for contributions to decision-making in stochastic systems and approximate dynamic programming.

Rakesh V. Vohra, for his fundamental research at the intersection of operations research, economics and computer science, including learning in games, mechanism design and market design.

The INFORMS Fellow Award, which brings together the very best operations researchers and analytics experts throughout the world, recognizes outstanding achievement in five areas: education, management, practice, research and service.