George E. Kimball Medal
Rina Schneur is the Director of the Business Analytics Group at Verizon, a company she joined in 1999. Before joining Verizon, Rina was an OR senior manager at Sabre Technologies, and did postdoctoral research at IBM Watson Research Center. Rina received the BSc in Civil Engineering from the Technion, Israel, and the MSc and PhD in Operations Research and Engineering from MIT.
In her career, Rina has focused on applying operations research and analytics methodologies to industry problems in the areas of logistics, supply chain, network planning, telecommunication, sourcing and auctions. At Verizon she has also worked on developing solutions in capital management, marketing, performance, and operational efficiencies. She also served on Verizon’s energy board of directors.
Rina co-founded Emptoris Inc. in 1999 and served on its advisory board for ten years. Her advisory role centered around the development of Emptoris’ unique analytics solutions of its sourcing and procurement platform. The company has grown to hundreds of employees and customers around the world and was sold to IBM in 2011. Rina co-wrote a patent on “Auctions with Volume Discounts” and won the 2004 Edelman award with Motorola and Emptoris.
Rina Schneur has been a member of INFORMS and its predecessor ORSA since her graduate school days. She began active volunteer service in 2000 when the first council for developing the then-new INFORMS spring practice conference (today the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research) was formed. She served on the advisory council for the first four years of the conference and chaired it in 2004. She joined the Meetings Committee in 2001 and after serving for four years was elected Vice President of Meetings, a role she held from 2005 through 2008. During that time the annual meeting attendance grew to more than 4000 per year. Rina was then elected to be INFORMS’ 17th president for 2011.
As President of INFORMS, Rina Schneur focused on establishing a strategic planning process coordinated with a revised budget process; together they helped transform INFORMS into a forward-thinking organization. She led the board in its commitment to pursue involvement in analytics and to explore and develop a plan for INFORMS to become a prominent player in the field. She specifically reached out to government and non-profit organizations to explore ways to work jointly on embedding more analytics in their agencies. In the past year Rina has played a key role in building INFORMS’ Continuing Education program.
For her contributions to the field of operations research and the management sciences and her distinguished service to INFORMS and ORSA, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences expresses its sincere appreciation by awarding the 2013 George E. Kimball Medal to Rina Schneur.
Eric Wolman is an Affiliate Professor in Systems Engineering & Operations Research in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University. After earning an AB in Mathematics, he received the PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. He then worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories for 30 years, mostly in management, where his own work centered on congestion theory in telecommunications and computer systems. On loan to Harvard, he designed and taught a course on Traffic & Queues. After retiring from Bell Labs, Eric served as Vice President for Community Research at the Michigan Cancer Foundation, doing research on cancer-screening policy and quantitative modeling of the timing of patients’ visits to clinics, and managing research and service in home-care nursing and breast-cancer screening. In Detroit he later served as Faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Graduate Program in Cancer Biology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, where he gave a new course intended to give specialized biologists perspective on the pros and cons of existing and proposed approaches to cancer prevention, screening, care, follow-up, and rehabilitation.
The focus of Dr. Wolman’s career at Bell Labs, in various assignments in Systems Engineering, Research, and Development, was the creation and maintenance of environments where creative people could be happy and productive. His Traffic Research & Network Engineering Department developed software tools for the approximate analysis of traffic networks, and promulgated the Bell System’s trunk-network provisioning tools for use by the Operating Telephone Companies and AT&T’s Long Lines Department. Eric wrote testimony for an FCC case rebutting its accusation that the Network was over-provisioned by ¾ of a billion dollars to give ‘too good service.’ He led research in OR techniques and human-factors field-studies of new services, and initiated a project to improve coin-telephone instruction cards. He revived a research program in database management, and managed the development of UNIX® Operating System documentation and of computer aids to text criticism and the teaching of English. In addition to the immediate value of these efforts to the Bell System, the organizations under Eric’s leadership produced many influential publications.
Eric’s refereed papers appeared in the Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Bell System Technical Journal, Operations Research, Medical Decision Making, and three biomedical journals, and he co-authored book-chapters on traffic engineering in the Bell System and on cancer markers. He served on the National Research Council’s Committee on Fire Research (residential, industrial, and forest fires), and then on the evaluation panels for Fire Programs and for their parent organizations at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST). Eric served on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics, on the Council and Board of SIAM, and briefly as chair of that Board. He also served on the nominating committee of the ACM’s Special Interest Group on Management of Data.
Dr. Wolman has been active in ORSA and its successor INFORMS since 1977. He served on the ORSA Council, on its Executive Committee, and on the Nominating Committee. He spoke at four of the Doctoral Colloquia, helping students to decide between academic and industrial careers. He served on the council of the Health Applications Section, and later chaired its Bonder Scholarship committee. Eric chaired the ORSA and INFORMS Professional Recognition Committees for a decade, recruiting chairs for prize-committees and resolving policy issues arising within individual committees; and his Committee launched the Expository Writing Award and the Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice. Later he was Treasurer or co-Treasurer of Women in OR & MS for a decade, making it possible for WORMS officers to know their membership and budget situation in close to real time; he received the Moving Spirit Award for these efforts. He is a Fellow of INFORMS.
For his contributions to the field of operations research and the management sciences and his distinguished service to INFORMS and ORSA, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences expresses its sincere appreciation by awarding the 2013 George E. Kimball Medal to Eric Wolman.
Teresa V. (Terry) Cryan is the current Director of Meetings for the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). She has announced her retirement from this position, effective the end of 2013. This will mark the end of a period of dedicated and highly effective service to INFORMS and the profession.
Terry received the Bachelor of Arts in United States history from Simmons College. Her initial professional responsibilities involved public relations writing for hospitals, then freelance editorial work for publications. This led into professional society publishing, then to the management of professional societies. For a time, she and her husband Peter operated a business providing management services for professional societies. She also taught graduate courses in marketing at Lesley University for eight years.
Terry Cryan joined INFORMS on February 21, 2000, at a critical juncture for INFORMS meetings. The INFORMS Board of Directors had adopted a strategy to have one annual meeting of academics along with a new spring meeting focused on operations research practice. Terry’s assignment was to develop this new meeting. While academic conferences fill the agenda with contributions by attendees, the content of this new conference would have to be designed to attract the attendees. Terry’s initial work on this project made such an impact on the Institute that in July of the same year she became acting Director of Meetings and in October, Director of Meetings.
Terry’s practice meeting, INFORMS’ first, was held in La Jolla, CA in the spring of 2001. The atmosphere was electric, with professionals engaged in applying the tools and principles of operations research and enjoying a meeting focused on their needs. This conference, which is now the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research, continues to thrive: for example, over just the past three years paid attendance has more than doubled.
The Annual Meeting in the fall of 2001 in Miami Beach had 46 tracks and 1,974 abstracts. Under Terry’s leadership over the last twelve years this meeting has grown to 72 tracks and 3,970 abstracts for 2013. Almost 40,000 presentations have been made during this period, and Annual Meeting attendances now routinely exceed 4,400.
Terry has been instrumental in developing two additional series of meetings. One series is international, starting with her development of the first stand-alone INFORMS International meeting in 2001. The other consists of topical meetings in a biennial pattern, of which the first was the 2011 Healthcare Conference. Big Data will join the topical series next.
When in 2010 the then executive director resigned, INFORMS again called upon Terry Cryan for extraordinary leadership. She agreed to serve as Interim Executive Director until a new executive director could be recruited, and to do so in addition to her responsibilities as Director of Meetings. She did an outstanding job, maintaining a steady hand on the reins of the organization so that operations continued with no ill effects. In addition to that, she served as an important member of the search committee that in 2011 successfully recruited the next executive director.
For her contributions to the community of operations research and the management sciences, and for her distinguished service to INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences expresses its sincere appreciation by awarding the 2013 George E. Kimball Medal to Terry Cryan.
Purpose of the Award
The George E. Kimball Medal is awarded for recognition of distinguished service to the Institute and to the profession of operations research and the management sciences. The award is a medallion and a certificate.
Prior to the creation of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) by the merger of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) and The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS), the Kimball Medal was an ORSA Prize. TIMS had a similar prize, the TIMS' Distinguished Service Medal. The winners of this prize are included in the list below.
James C. Bean, University of Oregon