INFORMS News: Hunt receives 2017 INFORMS President’s Award

David Hunt (left) receives the INFORMS President’s Award from Brian Denton (right).

David Hunt (left) receives the INFORMS President’s Award from Brian Denton (right).

David Hunt, a manager at the global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, was named the 2017 recipient of the INFORMS President’s Award in recognition of his “career achievements that have had a positive societal impact on public policy in the transportation sector and for his extraordinary work with INFORMS including the creation of a new Pro Bono Analytics Service.”

The award was presented by INFORMS President Brian Denton at an awards session held at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston. 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 citation read in part:

David Hunt … has had a 30+ year career implementing operations research solutions in the transportation industry for clients on six continents. David has led public policy efforts in the transportation industry, and he has written several white papers filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation that have helped shape federal transportation regulations, including the first-ever nationwide rail capacity study. His current interest is in applying predictive models to improve transportation safety and reliability.

David began his INFORMS involvement in the early 1990s and has served in many capacities since then, including as president of the New Jersey Chapter of INFORMS, president of the Rail Applications Section, chair of the INFORMS Subdivision Council and as a vice president on the INFORMS Board of Directors.

David led the development of the INFORMS Ethics Guidelines in 2016. Most recently he led the effort to create Pro Bono Analytics, a new INFORMS volunteer service that provides support to nonprofit organizations in need of analytics help. At last count, more than 450 volunteers have offered their analytical skills to a wide variety of projects for nonprofit organizations working in underserved areas or for underserved populations.