George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award - Application Process

The George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award serves to promote greater interaction between academia and industry by encouraging researchers to conduct innovative research that is relevant to practice in any area of operations research and management science. The first and second place winners will receive awards of $800 and $400 respectively. Additional finalists will receive honorable mentions with $100 awards. Prizes will be awarded at the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.

Each entry must:

  • Consist of a doctoral dissertation written primarily by the entrant and successfully defended no more than 15 months prior to the submission deadline (completed between March 31, 2016 and July 15, 2017) and not previously submitted.
  • Present original ideas obtained predominantly by the entrant.
  • Clearly illustrate and demonstrate the relevance of the work in practice and the potential impact in industry.

Entrants should submit the following items by July 15, 2017:

  • A letter of recommendation from the entrant's thesis advisor that describes the significance of the research and comments on the originality of the work.
  • A letter of recommendation from an industry associate that describes the relevance and the potential benefits of the research in their organization. This letter must be written by a manager familiar with the research who has served as an advisor to the research or as a coordinator to the on-site research project. The manager should be informed that they may be contacted by the committee members asking questions regarding the entrant's search.
  • A summary of the dissertation (less than 5 double-spaced pages) highlighting the significance of the problem, the novelty of the methodological approach, the contribution of the research to industry, and the scope of the dissertation.
  • A self-contained paper (less than 25 double-spaced pages) based on the thesis so that the award committee can evaluate the contribution of the work.

Entrants should send the above items in an email (subject line beginning with "Dantzig", and items as separate PDF files) to the Chair of the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award Committee:

Wedad Elmaghraby
University of Maryland
College Park, MD U.S.A.

In addition, the signed originals of the letters of recommendation should be sent by mail, postmarked on or before July 15, 2017, to:

Attention: INFORMS Awards
5521 Research Park Drive, Suite 200
Catonsville, MD 21228 U.S.A.
voice: +1 800-446-3676

The entries in the first round will be judged and up to five finalists will be selected by the award committee. Each finalist will be notified and requested to submit the entire dissertation to the chair of the committee.  All finalists will give a presentation of their work in a special session at the Annual Meeting.

Selection criteria used by the award committee include: Implementation and relevance to practice; Technical quality and richness of the solution approach; Creativity and novelty; Scope and magnitude; and Exposition.

2017 Committee Chair:

Wedad Elmaghraby
University of Maryland
College Park, MD U.S.A.