INFORMS NEWS: New Jersey Chapter presents student award

New Jersey Chapter Student Contest Chair David Hunt (left) and Student Contest Winner Laurens Smit.

New Jersey Chapter Student Contest Chair David Hunt (left) and Student Contest Winner Laurens Smit.

The New Jersey Chapter of INFORMS named Laurens Smit of the Rutgers University Business School the winner of its 5th Annual Student Contest for his work on “Far-Reaching Successive Lumping Solutions for Stochastic Models.” This work is part of his Ph.D. research done under the supervision of professors Michael Katehakis of Rutgers and Flora Spieksma of the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. The New Jersey Chapter helped offset Laurens’ expenses so he could present his work at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis in October.

The contest is open to all students who are a resident of New Jersey or who are attending a New Jersey college. Extended abstracts were submitted and four finalists were selected. The finalists presented their work at a New Jersey Chapter meeting in September, and a panel of judges selected the winner.

Other finalists included: Anh Ninh, Yao Zhao and Adam Fleischhacker of the Rutgers Center of Operations Research, Rutgers Business School, and Delaware Business School for “Project Management in Global Clinical Trials”; Carlos Andrade, Flavio Miyazawa, Mauricio Resende and Howard Karloff of the University of Campinas (Brazil) and AT&T Labs Research for “Solving the Overlapping Correlation Clustering Using an Evolutionary Approach”; and Xin Xu and Yao Zhao of Rutgers University for “Partnerships in Project Management.”