INFROMS News: Chang receives Undergraduate Operations Research Prize

INFORMS President Ed Kaplan (left) and Committee Chair Murat Kurt (right) congratulate Joy Chang (middle).

INFORMS President Ed Kaplan (left) and Committee Chair Murat Kurt (right) congratulate Joy Chang (middle).

Joy Chang of the University of Michigan won the 2016 Undergraduate Operations Research Prize from INFORMS for her paper, “Car Sharing Fleet Location Design with Mixed Vehicle Types for CO2 Emission Reduction.”

The award was presented at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., by Murat Kurt following a series of presentations. Pavithra Harsha chaired the selection committee.

The competition is held each year to honor a student or group of students who conducted a significant applied project in operations research or management science, and/or original and important theoretical or applied research in operations research or management science, while enrolled as an undergraduate student. The prize includes a monetary award of $500 plus travel support to attend the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Honorable mention honors went to Hari Bandi of MIT for the paper, “Regularized Linear Regression via Robust Optimization Lens” and to Cem Aydın, Alp Arıbal, Cansu Erol and Begum Tuglu of Koc University, Turkey, for their paper, “A Reformulation of the Appointment Scheduling Problem with Customer Choice Behavior and Multiple Customer Types.”

Other finalists and their papers included: Zeynep Yaprak Besik, Basak Erman, Deniz Berfin Karakoc, Yekta Jehat Mizrakli, Umut Mururoglu and Egehan Yanik of Bilkent University, Turkey (“Hot Sales Delivery Logistics Optimization for ET”); Sameer Manchada and Mikaela Meyer of Purdue University (“On Comprehensive Mass Spectrometry Data Analysis for Quality Assessment of Biological Samples”); Jacob Monroe of North Carolina State University (“Allocating Countermeasures to Defend Water Distribution Systems Against Terrorist Attack”); and Hale Erkan of Bilkent University, Turkey (“Collaborative Decision Making for Air Traffic Management”).