Award, partnership & workshop

Montreuil to receive Pythagore Award

Benoit Montreuil

Benoit Montreuil, Coca-Cola Material Handling & Distribution Chair and professor of the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, will receive the 2015 Pythagore Award from his alma mater, the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) at an awards ceremony at UQTR in October. The award recognizes the exceptional accomplishments of an alumnus, including professional achievements, peer recognition, community engagement and a strong relationship with UQTR.

A member of INFORMS, Montreuil is also the director of the Physical Internet Center and a leader within the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute at Georgia Tech. He received his B.S. from UQTR in 1978, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech in 1980 and 1982, respectively.

The Pythagore Award is another in Montreuil’s long list of awards, which recently include DC Velocity’s Rainmaker of the Year and The Physical Internet Pioneer Award.

Montreuil is known for his breakthrough research contributions at the intersection of industrial and systems engineering, operations research, logistics, supply chain engineering, business design, strategic management and sustainability.

AIMMS, Booz Allen accelerate O.R., decision science

AIMMS and Booz Allen Hamilton are partnering to accelerate the practice of operations research and decision science. This partnership will bring the power of optimization to organizations to help elevate decision-making through the use of data and computation to maximize mission and business performance.

AIMMS and Booz Allen will kick-off their partnership with an Optimization Hackathon at INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on Oct. 31. The hackathon will tackle a real-world problem from a major U.S. airline, encouraging students and recent grads to use modeling and optimization in order to solve complex business challenges. More information about the event is available at

The partnership will expand the use of optimization methods and analytics among Booz Allen consultants and clients and foster the development of technical advancements in the analytics field.

“Our partnership with AIMMS enables us to continue to advance the field of operations research and decision science together, so that we can empower our clients with innovations that maximize business performance,” says Dr. Cenk Tunasar, principal, Booz Allen Hamilton.

Adds AIMMS CEO Gijs Dullaert: “We are committed to a long-standing successful relationship with Booz Allen.”

Call for abstracts: LandTranslog III set for Chile

LandTranslog III, a joint workshop on location and network design aimed at transportation and logistics, will be held March 13-17, 2016, in Santa Cruz, Chile. Presentations are encouraged focusing on theory, modeling or applications of location and network design, including but not limited to health, energy, telecommunications, retail, natural resources, environment, etc. From the transport and logistics side, the workshop will include topics spanning classic problems in transportation and logistics, planning and control strategies, fleet management, routing, timetabling and vehicle scheduling, crew scheduling, real-time optimization of operational schemes, among other areas of interest.

Confirmed speakers include Michel Gendreau (Ecole Polythecnique de Montreal), Abilio Lucena (Universidad Federal do Río de Janeiro), George Nemhauser (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Mikael Ronqvist (Université Laval, Quebec).

The deadline for abstract submissions is Oct. 20. For more information, contact Karla Jaramillo at