INFORMS News: Volunteer Service Award

The Volunteer Service Award recognizes up to 20 INFORMS members annually who have been engaged in volunteer service during the past year and whose contributions have had an impact in the area they serve. Volunteer Service Awardees must have at least one year of involvement in INFORMS and must not be current or incoming Board members. They are awarded at three levels: distinguished service, meritorious service and service.

Lauren Davis chaired the selection committee.

The 2017 Volunteer Service Award recipients included:

Distinguished Service

  • Guzin Bayraksan, University of Arizona, for her service to Women in OR/MS, the Optimization Society, and the Academic Programs and Database Committee
  • Saif Benjaafar, University of Minnesota, for his leadership as general chair of the 2016 International Meeting in Hawaii
  • Pooja Dewan, BNSF Railway, for her service to the Practice Section, Edelman Gala Committee, Railway Applications and Analytics Society
  • Chanaka Edirisinghe, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, for his leadership as general chair of the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Murat Kurt, Merck & Co., Inc., for his service to the Health Applications Society, and as chair of the Bonder Scholarship in Applied Health Services and Undergraduate O.R. Prize Committees
  • Irvin Lustig, Princeton Consultants, for his service to the History & Traditions Committee, the Committee on Engaging Organizations and the Edelman Award
  • Suvrajeet Sen, University of Southern California, for his leadership of the effort to create the new Journal on Optimization and service to the Optimization Society

Meritorious Service

  • Michael Gorman, University of Dayton, for his service to Management Science, Interfaces and on Analytics Society and Edelman Award committees
  • Allen Holder, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, for his service on conference organizing committees, to the Journal on Computing and to the Computing Society
  • Dorothee Honhon, University of Texas-Dallas, for her support of the Women in OR/MS forum’s Networking Reception and fundraising efforts
  • David Hunt, Oliver Wyman, for his leadership of the Pro Bono Analytics program and his service to the ad hoc Ethical Guidelines Committee
  • Erick Moreno Centeno, Texas A&M University, for his service as annual meeting contributed session chair, to the Sections/Societies Committee and as an officer of the Finance Section
  • Robin Qiu, Pennsylvania State University, for efforts to grow the Service Science Section
  • Christopher Tang, University of California-Los Angeles, for his dedication to the leadership of M&SOM


  • Bjorn Berg, University of Minnesota, for his representation of the Health Applications Society on the Subdivisions Council and Short Intro Talks Subcommittee
  • Shreya Gupta, University of Texas-Austin, for her service to the University of Texas-Austin Student Chapter and to OR/MS Tomorrow
  • Sadan Kulturel-Konak, Pennsylvania State University, for her service to the Transportation Science & Logistics Society and on the Public Awareness Committee
  • Paul Messinger, University of Alberta, for his involvement with Service Science and Editor’s Cut
  • Sarah Nurre, University of Arkansas, for her leadership as president of the Women in OR/MS forum
  • Shengfan Zhang, University of Arkansas, for her service to the Public Sector O.R. Section and to the ad hoc Diversity Committee ORMS