Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Advanced Analytics, Operations Research, and Management Science

Citation:

With increasingly intense and more frequent rainfall, urban wastewater collection and treatment systems are often overwhelmed by large rainfall events, resulting in a greater risk to water environments and public health by contamination from overflows of untreated sewage and storm water. As a pioneer in real-time control (RTC), Louisville MSD enlisted engineering services firm Tetra Tech to implement Csoft® as part of its Integrated Overflow Abatement Plan efforts. Csoft® is a RTC software solution developed by Tetra Tech to efficiently manage sewer networks in real-time based on rain forecasts and sensor readings. MSD’s fully automated  system responds to rainfall and actual system conditions by maximizing use of all available storage, conveyance and treatment capacities. Excess water is diverted and temporarily stored until it can be redirected toward the appropriate treatment plant. The system has saved MSD over $200 million in infrastructure costs, while improving water quality in the community waterways.

Purpose of the Award

2019 Committee Chair

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The Franz Edelman competition attests to the contributions of operations research and analytics in both the profit and non-profit sectors. Since its inception, cumulative benefits from Edelman finalist projects has topped the $292 billion mark. Edelman finalist teams have improved organizational efficiency, increased profits, brought better products to consumers, helped foster peace negotiations, and saved lives. The purpose of the Franz Edelman competition is to bring forward, recognize and reward outstanding examples of operations research, management science, and advanced analytics in practice in the world, with $15,000 in awards. First prize is accompanied by a $10,000 honorarium.

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Application Process

Apply for the leading O.R. and analytics award in the industry.  

Applications for 2020 are due October 16, 2019. 

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About the Award/Namesake

Franz Edelman

Franz Edelman is counted among the fathers of innovation in OR/MS. Coming of age in Hitler's Germany, Edelman dedicated his career to facilitating better decisions on matters great and small through operations research. Today, his discoveries, along with other OR/MS pioneers, inspire initiatives to help leaders get better results in every sector of management and operations.

This top INFORMS practice prize was named after Franz Edelman shortly after his death in 1982. He established one of the earliest industrial OR/MS groups in North America at RCA, where he worked for over 30 years as O.R. director.

Franz Edelman died suddenly on January 15, 1982. He learned about the capriciousness of life from his early experiences, fleeing to England from his native Germany at the age of 16, only to be interned as an alien and sent to Canada for an interlude of lumberjacking. He received his undergraduate education at McGill University, and he obtained a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Brown University...

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Past Awardees

2016 Winner(s)
UPS 2016 Edelman
2015 Winner(s)
Syngenta 2015 Edelman
2012 Winner(s)
TNT Express
2011 Winner(s)
MISO
2010 Winner(s)
INDEVAL
2009 Winner(s)
Hewlett-Packard Co.
2008 Winner(s)
Netherlands Railways
2004 Winner(s)
Motorola Inc.
2003 Winner(s)
Canadian Pacific Railway
2002 Winner(s)
Continental Airlines
2001 Winner(s)
Merrill Lynch
2000 Winner(s)
Jeppesen
1999 Winner(s)
IBM
1998 Winner(s)
Bosques Arauco
1993 Winner(s)
AT&T
1991 Winner(s)
American Airlines
1989 Winner(s)
ABB Electric, Inc.
1987 Winner(s)
Syntex Laboratories, Inc.
1986 Winner(s)
CITGO
1985 Winner(s)
Weyerhaeuser Company
1984 Winner(s)
Blue Bell, Inc.
1981 Winner(s)
ANR Freight System
1979 Winner(s)
Greater NY Blood Program
1978 Winner(s)
Cahill May Roberts, Ltd
1977 Winner(s)
Syncrude
1976 Winner(s)
AT&T
1975 Winner(s)
Xerox Corporation
1972 Winner(s)
Pillsbury Company