INFORMS News: INFORMS Simulation Society presents awards at WSC

The INFORMS Simulation Society presented the following awards at the 2017 Winter Simulation Conference held in Las Vegas in December:

Lifetime Professional Achievement Award Lee Schruben (left) receives award from Russell C. H. Cheng.

Lifetime Professional Achievement Award – Lee Schruben (left) receives award from Russell C. H. Cheng.

The Lifetime Professional Achievement Award, the highest honor given by the Society, was presented to Lee Schruben, professor at the University of California, Berkeley. The award recognizes major contributions to the field of simulation that are sustained over a professional career, with the critical consideration being the total impact of those contributions on computer simulation.

Distinguished Service Award John Fowler (left) receives award from Enver Yucesan.

Distinguished Service Award – John Fowler (left) receives award from Enver Yucesan.

The Distinguished Service Award was presented to John Fowler, professor at Arizona State, in recognition of his longstanding, exceptional service to the simulation community. The award is for sustained service to the simulation community over at least 15 years that was acquitted with distinction in the areas of elected offices in simulation societies.

Outstanding Simulation Publication Award Ilya Ryzhov (left) receives award from Barry Nelson.

Outstanding Simulation Publication Award – Ilya Ryzhov (left) receives award from Barry Nelson.

The Outstanding Simulation Publication Award was presented to Ilya Ryzhov, an associate professor at the University of Maryland, for the paper, “On the convergence rates of expected improvement method,” published in Operations Research. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the simulation literature.

Winter Simulation Conference Best Student Paper Award Michael Pearce (left) receives award from Emily Lada.

Winter Simulation Conference Best Student Paper Award – Michael Pearce (left) receives award from Emily Lada.

The Winter Simulation Conference Best Student Paper Award was presented to Michael Pearce of the University of Warwick for the paper, “Bayesian Simulation optimization with input uncertainty.”

Winter Simulation Conference Diversity Award – Wei Xie congratulates Vahab Vahdat, Rana Azghandi and Ange Lionel Toba (l-r).

Winter Simulation Conference Diversity Award – Wei Xie congratulates Vahab Vahdat, Rana Azghandi and Ange Lionel Toba (l-r).

The Winter Simulation Conference Diversity Award was presented to grad students Vahab Vahdat, Rana Azghandi and Ange Lionel Toba. The award aims to improve outreach and diversity among young researchers in the field of simulation while assisting eligible grad students to attend the Winter Simulation Conference.