INFORMS News: O’Mahony captures Dantzig Dissertation Award

Harry Groenevelt (left) and INFORMS President Ed Kaplan (right) flank Eoin O’Mahony.

Harry Groenevelt (left) and INFORMS President Ed Kaplan (right) flank Eoin O’Mahony.

Eoin O’Mahony (Cornell University, now at Uber) was presented the 2016 George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award from INFORMS for the dissertation, “Smarter Tools for (Citi) Bike Sharing.” Committee chair Harry Groenevelt presented the award at INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

The award honors the best dissertation in any area of operations research and the management sciences that is innovative and relevant to practice. The award is designed to encourage academic research that combines theory and practice and stimulates greater interaction between doctoral students (and their advisors) and the world of practice.

Second place went to Pooyan Kazemian (University of Michigan, now at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School) for “Stochastic Control and Optimization for Chronic Disease Monitoring and Control, Hospital Staffing and Surgery Scheduling.”

Honorable mention went to Tugce Martagan (University of Wisconsin-Madison, now at Eindhoven University) for “Stochastic Models to Optimize Biomanufacturing Operations,” Vamsi Kanuri (University of Missouri, now at the University of Miami) for “Optimizing a Menu of Multi-Format Subscription Plans for Ad-Supported Media Platforms,” and Nathaniel Bastian (Penn State University, now at U.S. Army Human Resources Command) for “Multiple Criteria Decision Engineering to Support Management in Military Healthcare and Logistics Operations.”