INFORMS News: Doing Good with Good O.R. Student Paper Competition

Doing good (l-r): INFORMS President Ed Kaplan, competition winners Selin Merdan and Christine Barnett and committee co-chairs Karen Smilowitz and Chase Rainwater.

Doing good (l-r): INFORMS President Ed Kaplan, competition winners Selin Merdan and Christine Barnett and committee co-chairs Karen Smilowitz and Chase Rainwater.

Christine Barnett and Selin Merdan of the University of Michigan won the 2016 Doing Good with Good O.R. Student Paper Competition for the paper “Data Analytics for Optimal Detection of Metastatic Prostate Cancer.”

The competition is held each year to identify and honor outstanding projects in the field of operations research and the management sciences conducted by a student or student group that have a significant societal impact. Finalists presented their papers in sessions held in conjunction with the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Ohad Eisenhandler and Michal Tzur of Tel Aviv University received honorable mention for their paper, “The Humanitarian Pickup and Distribution Problem.”

Finalists included: Pantelis Loupos and Can Urguny of Northwestern University; Sait Tunc, Oguzhan Alagoz and Elizabeth S. Burnside of the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Semih Boz, Semih Kaldirim, Bilge Kaycioglu, Buse Eylul Oruc, Eren Ozbay, and Mirel Yavuz of Bilkent University; and Sinan Derindere, Ali Erkan and Pinar Ozkurt of Turkish Red Crescent, Strategic Management Department.

Committee co-chairs Karen Smilowitz and Chase Rainwater presented the awards at the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.