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

Do gooders (l-r): DGWGOR presenter Chase Rainwater applauds Can Zhang (winner), Karthik Balasubramanian (third place) and Madeleine Udell (second place).

Do gooders (l-r): DGWGOR presenter Chase Rainwater applauds Can Zhang (winner), Karthik Balasubramanian (third place) and Madeleine Udell (second place).

Can Zhang of the Georgia Institute of Technology won the 2017 Doing Good with Good O.R. Student Paper Competition from INFORMS for the project and paper, “Truthful Mechanisms for Medical Surplus Product Allocation.”

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 Houston.

Committee member Chase Rainwater presented the award. Turgay Ayer and Jonathan Helm co-chaired the committee.

Madeleine Udell of Stanford University placed second for the paper, “Optimal Design of Efficient Rooftop Photovoltaic Arrays,” while Karthik Balasubramanian of the Harvard Business School finished third with the paper, “Mobile Money Agent Inventory Management.”