INFORMS News: Nicholson Student Paper Competition

Hamsa Bastani (middle) is joined by Maria Mayorga (left) and INFORMS President Ed Kaplan (right).
Hamsa Bastani of Stanford University won the 2016 George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition for the paper, “Online Decision-Making with High-Dimensional Covariates.”

The competition is held each year to honor outstanding papers in the field of operations research and the management sciences written by a student.

Mehdi Behroozi of the University of Minnesota placed second with his paper, “Household-level Economies of Scale in Transportation,” while Yun Zeng of The Ohio State University received honorable mention for the paper, “A Necessary and Sufficient Condition for Throughput Scalability of Fork and Join Networks with Blocking.”

Finalists included Martin Zubeldia of MIT, Ali Aouad of MIT, Rui Gao of Georgia Tech and Rajan Udwani of MIT.

The awards were presented by Committee Chairperson Maria Mayorga at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.