INFORMS NEWS: Three receive Undergraduate Operations Research Prize

Aurelie Thiele (far right), chair of the Undergraduate Operations Research Prize, congratulates the winners and finalists.

Aurelie Thiele (far right), chair of the Undergraduate Operations Research Prize, congratulates the winners and finalists.

Magdalenda Romero of Universidad Adolfo Ibanez, John Massey Cashore of the University of Waterloo and Kyle Cunningham, SUNY Buffalo, won the 2015 Undergraduate Operations Research Prize from INFORMS for their respective papers, “Optimal Resource Allocation in Breast Cancer Screening with Different Risk Groups” (Romero), “Multi-Step Bayesian Optimization for One-Dimensional Feasibility Determination” (Cashore) and “Alleviating Competitive Imbalances in NFL Schedules: An Integer-Programming Approach” (Cunningham).

Committee chair Aurelie Thiele presented the awards at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

The 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.

Andy Zheng of Northwestern University (“Robust Multi-Objective Clustering”) and Cagan Urkup, Ezgi Karakas, Fehmi Mert Gurel, Kaan Telciler of Koc University (“Routing Optimization of a Drone for Agricultural Inspections”) received honorable mention.