James J. Cochran

James J. Cochran

Past Awards

INFORMS Elected Fellows: Awardee(s)

Prize for the Teaching of the OR/MS Practice: Winner(s)

The 2008 INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice is awarded to James J. Cochran.

James Cochran has been teaching Operations Research for twenty-four years. He works to emphasize the practical application of OR/MS and Statistics through the use of original cases and projects, active learning exercises, case-based exams, and online classrooms.

Jim’s teaching approach has been motivated by his experiences in private industry. When he found that relatively few people with whom he worked were adequately equipped to be effective practitioners or users of OR/MS, he set to creating classroom environments that would foster both the appreciation and power of OR/MS and the development of skills necessary to overcome the practical difficulties and the technical challenges of effectively using the tools of OR/MS.

All indications are that he is being successful in this life’s work. His nominator took a class during his MBA studies two decades ago and yet still recalls that “Professor Cochran sees his role as an enabler. He possesses the knowledge, and he does whatever he can, using every resource at his disposal, to provide his students with the tools to achieve understanding.”

Jim Cochran has taught over 5000 students in over 100 classes during the past twenty four years. That is a lot of people who now understand the power of OR/MS and its tools and are ready to use those tools to solve real problems. We are delighted to recognize his efforts through the award of the 2008 INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of the Practice of OR/MS.

Case and Teaching Materials Competition: Finalist
Winning material: All of Britain Must Be Stoned!