Saul Gass Expository Writing Award

2016 - Winner(s)
2016 Winner(s): Paul Glasserman, Columbia University
Winning material:

The Saul Gass Expository Writing Award recognizes an author whose publications set an exemplary standard of exposition. The writing should possess an influence and accessibility enhanced by expository excellence. Criteria include lucidity, conciseness and interest of the writing. The author must have affected how something is done, studied, taught or thought about.

From a number of very strong nominations, I am pleased to announce that the award for 2016 goes to Professor Paul Glasserman of Columbia University.

Professor Glasserman has heavily influenced the Operations Research and Operations Management Community with his research contributions in simulation and applied probability and their applications in a variety of fields.  His work has spanned simulation and gradient estimation, applied probability, production-inventory systems and operations management, and financial engineering and risk management. He has authored over 110 journal articles and 11 book chapters. He has written 3 books and edited 2 more.

Professor Glasserman’s first book, “Gradient Estimation via Perturbation Analysis” is a standard reference in simulation with over 700 citations. His book “Monte Carlo Methods in Financial Engineering” is a standard reference not just within financial engineering circles, but also in simulation. The book is widely known among practitioners, was recently translated into Chinese, and has over 3700 citations.

Professor Glasserman has striven to reach not just the research community, but also practitioners, as evidenced by his “research briefs” written for the Office of Financial Research in the Treasury Department, and by his article, co-authored with Professor Mike Giles for Risk Magazine, “Smoking Adjoints: Fast Monte Carlo Greeks.”

Professor Glasserman’s written work is invariably lucid, precise, illuminating and persuasive. It is no wonder that his work is heavily cited and extremely influential, not just within academic circles but also in practice.

Purpose of the Award

This award recognizes an author whose publications in operations research and management science have set an exemplary standard of exposition. The awardee's written work, published over a period of at least ten years, should indicate (in terms of breadth of readership) an influence and accessibility enhanced by expository excellence. Criteria include the lucidity, conciseness, logic and interest of the writing at all levels, from the general organization to the details.  The author must have affected, through these publications, how something is done, studied, taught, or thought about by some group within the OR/MS community.


The written work can contain any combination of practical, theoretical and pedagogical subject matter, and may be original, synthetic or historical. The corpus as a whole must be substantial in content, not necessarily prize-worthy in itself, but not trivial.


Enough of the publications in question must have been singly authored to demonstrate the awardee’s expository skill. A team of authors writing together consistently over many years may also be considered for the award.   


The winner will receive $2,000 and a framed certificate that includes a brief citation at the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Past Awardees

2016 Winner(s)
Paul Glasserman, Columbia University
2015 Winner(s)
Martin A. Lariviere, Kellogg School of Management
Northwestern University
2014 Winner(s)
Stephen P. Boyd, Stanford University
2013 Winner(s)
Frank P. Kelly, Centre for Mathematical Science, University of Cambridge
2012 Winner(s)
Uriel G. Rothblum, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
2011 Winner(s)
Ward Whitt, Columbia University, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research Dept.
2010 Winner(s)
Edward H. Kaplan, Yale University
2009 Winner(s)
Dimitri P. Bertsekas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2008 Winner(s)
Henk C. Tijms, Vrije University
2007 Winner(s)
Paul H. Zipkin, Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
2006 Winner(s)
Sheldon M. Ross, University of Southern California, Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering
2005 Winner(s)
Lawrence M. Wein, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business
2004 Winner(s)
Frederick S. Hillier, Professor Emeritus of Operations Research, Stanford University
2003 Winner(s)
Erhan Çinlar, Princeton University, Operations Research & Financial Engineering Dept.
2002 Winner(s)
Ralph L. Keeney, USC Howard Raiffa, Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration
2001 Winner(s)
Arnold I. Barnett, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management
2000 Winner(s)
John D.C. Little, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1999 Winner(s)
David G. Luenberger, Management Science & Engineering Dept., Stanford University
1998 Winner(s)
J. Michael Harrison, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business
1997 Winner(s)
Saul I. Gass, University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
1996 Winner(s)
Harvey M. Wagner, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School
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Application Process

Entries due July 1, 2016

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About the Award/Namesake

Saul Gass

Saul Gass was the 25th President of ORSA.

Dr. Gass first served as a mathematician for the Aberdeen Bombing Mission, U. S. Air Force, and then transferred to Air Force Headquarters where he began his career in operations research with the Directorate of Management Analysis, the organization in which linear programming was first developed. For IBM, he was an Applied Science Representative, Manager of the Project Mercury Man-in-Space Program, and Manager of IBM's Federal Civil Programs. He was a member of the Science and Technology Task Force of the President's Commission on Law Enforcement. He was Director of Operations Research for CEIR, Senior Vice-President of World Systems Laboratories, and Vice-President of Mathematica. He served as a consultant to the U. S. General Accounting Office, Congressional Budget Office, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and other operations research and systems analysis organizations.


2017 Committee Chair:

Noah Gans
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA U.S.A.

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