INFORMS News: Camm, Lougee receive Kimball Medals for distinguished service

Distinguished service (l-r): Committee member Rina Schneur, medal recipients Jeff Camm and Robin Lougee and INFORMS President Ed Kaplan.

Distinguished service (l-r): Committee member Rina Schneur, medal recipients Jeff Camm and Robin Lougee and INFORMS President Ed Kaplan.

Jeff Camm, associate dean of business analytics at Wake Forest University and formerly a faculty member for 31 years at the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, and Robin Lougee, a research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and currently the global research industry lead for Consumer Products and Agriculture of the IBM Research Division, received the George E. Kimball Medal for distinguished service to INFORMS and the O.R. profession. The medals were presented at the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Committee member Rina Schneur presented the medals on behalf of committee chair Don Kleinmuntz.

The citations read in part:

Jeffrey D. Camm: Dr. Camm’s area of research is optimization applied to problems in operations management and marketing. His research has been published in Science, Management Science, Operations Research and Interfaces, among other journals. His work in supply chain optimization with Procter & Gamble was a 1996 Edelman Award Finalist and is credited with helping P&G save more than $250 million annually in its North American supply chain. In 1998, his joint work on nature reserve site selection for efficient conservation was published in the journal Science and appeared in a brief to President Clinton.

Camm has also been the recipient of a number of teaching awards, including the 2006 INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS practice. He is co-author of seven texts on business statistics, management science and business analytics. His teaching, heavily influenced by his extensive consulting experience, has always been focused on creating truly impactful O.R. practitioners.

Camm has a long history of service to INFORMS. Early in his career, he was active in the Cincinnati/Dayton Chapter of INFORMS, including serving as secretary, vice president and president of the chapter. He served as functional editor of Operations Management for Interfaces from 1999-2004 and as editor in chief of Interfaces from 2005-2010. He served as associate editor of INFORMS Transactions on Education from 1999-2013.

An avid supporter of the Edelman Award, he has served as an award judge twice, as an Edelman coach, as a member of the Edelman Gala Committee and as the Edelman Gala Master of Ceremonies. He has served on the INFORMS Prize Committee, including one year as chair. Camm has been particularly active in service to INFORMS meetings, having served as cluster chair, Annual Meeting program chair and as a member of the INFORMS Meetings Committee for 10 years. He currently serves on the INFORMS Committee on Master’s Programs in Analytics.
Robin Lougee: Dr. Lougee’s research has been in the areas of mixed-integer linear programming theory and its application to business and industry. She has published journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings in the areas of mathematical programming, discrete optimization, manufacturing production planning, hydroelectric management, open-source software, and object-oriented applications frameworks in journals including Operations Research, Operations Research Letters and the IBM Journal for Research and Development. She has served as an associate editor for Surveys in ORMS and Operations Research, and as a guest editor of IBM Journal of R&D special issues on smarter commerce.

One of Lougee’s many significant professional achievements is as co-creator of the Computational Infrastructure for Operations Research (COIN-OR), an initiative to spur the development of open-source software to accelerate the adoption and evolution of computational operations research. In 2000, she gave the presentation that launched the COIN-OR initiative as a three-year experiment by IBM Research. As program manager, she led its growth to an independent nonprofit in 2004. She was subsequently elected to the Board of the COIN-OR Foundation, Inc. The initiative has grown from its initial offerings of four software projects to more than 50 projects spanning much of computational operations research. In 2014, she was named a co-recipient of the INFORMS Impact Prize in recognition of her contributions to COIN-OR. Her fellow recipients honored the pivotal nature of her contributions by asking her to accept the award on behalf of them and the greater COIN-OR community.

Lougee has been engaged in service to INFORMS across a broad range of activities, but with a particular focus on building INFORMS’ communities and meetings. She served on the INFORMS Board as VP of Meetings for two years, following four years as a member of the Meetings Committee, during a period of record-setting attendance growth. She also served as program chair for the INFORMS International Meeting in Puerto Rico in 2007.

She drove the creation of the INFORMS Professional Colloquium for students, an initiative that is now an integral component of the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research, serving as its inaugural chair in 2005 and 2006. Her leadership in INFORMS communities includes serving for eight years as an officer of the INFORMS Computing Society, including as chair, during which time she established an endowment for the Student Prize, and for four years as an officer of the Women in ORMS Forum, including as president.