INFORMS News: NPS Professor Brown receives INFORMS President’s Award

INFORMS President Ed Kaplan (left)) and President’s Award recipient Gerald Brown.

INFORMS President Ed Kaplan (left)) and President’s Award recipient Gerald Brown.

Gerald G. Brown, Distinguished Professor of Operations Research at the Naval Postgraduate School, was named the 2016 recipient of the INFORMS President’s Award for his “his work to improve societal welfare through the identification of new problems, development of appropriate models, and implementation of operations research methods to some of the most pressing military and security issues of our time.”

Brown has been a member of the NPS faculty since receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1974.

The award was presented by INFORMS President Ed Kaplan at a special awards session held at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. The INFORMS President’s Award recognizes and encourages important contributions to the welfare of society by operations researchers at the local, national and global level. The award committee includes the current INFORMS president and the two most recent past presidents.

The award citation read in part:

Over his 40-plus year career, Professor Brown has established himself as the world’s leading expert in military operations research. More to the point of this award, however, are Professor Brown’s tireless efforts to improve security, both in the United States and abroad. Professor Brown’s and his NPS colleagues’ research contributions to methods for defending critical infrastructure in addition to other problems in military and homeland security have been widely recognized. For these as well as basic research accomplishments in optimization theory, Professor Brown was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008. Perhaps less known to INFORMS members is Professor Brown’s role in military problems such as developing a route planning tool for military aircraft operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, a life-saving intervention recognized with the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal awarded by the Secretary of the Navy. Other military applications include developing software for planning Tomahawk missile strikes and capital planning models for defense procurements.

The President’s Award is given to recognize work that advances the welfare of society. Prof. Brown’s design of new tools and programs have improved both the efficiency and effectiveness of military and homeland security operations. What better advances the welfare of society than successful operations research that keeps us safe and secure?