George E. Kimball Medal

2017 - Awardee(s)

2017 Awardee(s)


Frederick S. Hillier is professor emeritus of operations research at Stanford University. He spent his career on the Stanford faculty after obtaining his undergraduate and graduate degrees there. His research has extended into various areas, including integer programming, statistical quality control, operations management, queueing theory, and risk analysis for capital budgeting. Two of his six books are in the latter two areas.

Fred is especially known for his classic, award-winning textbook, Introduction to Operations Research, co-authored with the late Gerald J. Lieberman. It was first published in 1967, exactly 50 years ago, and is now in its 10th edition (with plans for 11th edition). This book has been used by hundreds of thousands of students worldwide, including through translations into multiple languages. The book has received much credit for both raising the visibility of our field and attracting numerous individuals to enter the field. Its 6th edition was awarded honorable mention for the 1995 INFORMS Lanchester Prize and Fred received the 2004 INFORMS Expository Writing Award for its 8th edition.

Fred is also the co-author of another popular textbook, Introduction to Management Science: A Modeling and Case Studies Approach with Spreadsheets. (co-authored with his son, Mark S. Hillier). First published in 1999, its 6th edition will appear in January, 2018. The book has received a substantial international audience, including through translations into four other languages.

Fred has further enriched the literature of our field by being the founding Series Editor of a book series, the International Series in Operations Research and Management Science, that he started in 1993 and developed into an exceptionally prominent Springer book series. When Fred retired from the series in 2013 on the 20th anniversary of its founding, 200 books that he brought into the series had been published with several dozen more under contract for future publication.

Since becoming a member of ORSA and TIMS in 1960, Fred has taken on many leadership roles in INFORMS and these predecessor societies. He has served as the ORSA Treasurer, the TIMS Vice President for Meetings, and the Co-General Chairman of a TIMS International Meeting. He also has been the chairman of the following committees: the TIMS Publication Committee, the ORSA Search Committee for Editor of Operations Research, the ORSA Resources Planning Committee, the ORSA/TIMS Combined Meetings Committee, and the INFORMS Selection Committee for the John von Neumann Theory Prize. Fred was elected an INFORMS Fellow in 2004.

2017 - Awardee(s)

2017 Awardee(s)


Russell Labe has been a practitioner of Operations Research for 38 years.  He started his career working for 8 years at RCA Operations Research Group and spent the following 28 years at Merrill Lynch, where he helped establish the first Management Science group on Wall Street in 1986.  Russ was director of the group for 10 years and retired in 2015 from Bank of America as the Director of Merrill Lynch Analytics & Modeling, leading a group of 5 departments and 50 analysts.  In retirement he established his own consulting firm, RPL Analytics Consulting.  Russ received his BA in Mathematics from Lebanon Valley College and his MEng in Operations Research from Cornell University.

During his career, Russ focused on applying operations research and analytic methodologies to industry problems in the areas of product pricing, liquidity risk, revenue forecasting, client attrition, product propensity, investment asset allocation, marketing effectiveness, and sales force compensation.  Projects completed by the Merrill Lynch team provided documented benefits of $100M+ in annual revenue enhancement and cost reduction.  During his tenure, Russ helped Merrill Lynch win 3 major INFORMS practice prizes: the INFORMS Prize in 1997, the Edelman Prize in 2001, and the Wagner Prize in 2004.  He was a co-author of several articles published in Interfaces and the Journal of Product Innovation Management.

Russ has been a member of INFORMS and its predecessor TIMS since 1981.  He served on the INFORMS Board for 2 years as VP of Practice.  He was elected an INFORMS Fellow in 2014.  He was heavily active in the Practice Section (formerly CPMS) where he served as Chair for 4 years and Council member for 25+ years.  He was the Merrill Lynch company representative on the Roundtable for 12 years and served as Secretary of the Roundtable Executive Committee for 4 years.  Russ chaired the Edelman Prize Committee for 2 years and served as a coach and judge numerous times.  He also served as a judge for the INFORMS Prize, the Wagner Prize, and the UPS Prize.  He served as Chair of the Edelman Gala Committee for 2 years and was a member of the Investment Committee for 8 years. 

For his many contributions to the field of operations research, and for his distinguished service to INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences expresses its sincere appreciation to Russell Labe by awarding him the 2017 George E. Kimball Medal.

Purpose of the Award

2018 Committee Chair

Terry Harrison
Penn State University
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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.

2018 Submission Deadline: July 31, 2018

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.

Application Process

There is no formal application process. Candidates are identified by the committee, and informal nominations are accepted.

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About the Award/Namesake

George E. Kimball

Born in Chicago in 1906, Kimball received his bachelor's degree in quantum chemistry from Princeton University in 1928. He returned there to do his graduate work under Hugh Taylor, and pursue more chemistry, physics and mathematics. He received a National Research Fellowship in chemistry and spent from 1933-1935 at MIT. In 1942, Philip Morse organized a Navy group to analyze antisubmarine tactics, and Kimball was one of the first persons recruited. Within the year he became Deputy Director of the group, called the Operations Research Group (ORG) during the war, later called the Operations Evaluation Group, U.S.N...

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Past Awardees

2017 Awardee(s)
Frederick S. Hillier, Professor Emeritus of Operations Research, Stanford University
Russell Labe, RPL Analytics Consulting
2016 Awardee(s)
Jeffrey D. Camm, Wake Forest University
2015 Awardee(s)
Anne G Robinson, Verizon Wireless
Jack Levis, UPS
2014 Awardee(s)
Terry P. Harrison, CAP, Penn State University
2013 Awardee(s)
Rina Schneur , Verizon Laboratories
Eric Wolman, George Mason University
Teresa V. Cryan, INFORMS
2012 Awardee(s)
Susan Albin, Rutgers University
Don N. Kleinmuntz, Strata Decision Technology, LLC
2011 Awardee(s)
Stephen M. Robinson, University of Wisconsin-Madison Brenda Dietrich, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
2010 Awardee(s)
Lawrence M. Wein, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business
James C. Bean, University of Oregon
2009 Awardee(s)
Mark S. Daskin, Northwestern University, Dept. of Industrial Engineering and Management Science Michael A. Trick, Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business
2008 Awardee(s)
John R. Birge, University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business
Kathryn E. Stecke, University of Texas - Dallas, School of Management
2007 Awardee(s)
Thomas M. Cook
Marshall L. Fisher, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School Operations & Information Management Dept.
2006 Awardee(s)
L. Robin Keller, University of California - Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business
2005 Awardee(s)
Karla L. Hoffman, George Mason University, System Engineering & Operations Research Dept.
2004 Awardee(s)
Frank T. Trippi
2003 Awardee(s)
Paul Gray
2002 Awardee(s)
Craig W. Kirkwood, Dept. of Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University
Richard C. Larson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Gary L. Lilien, Distinguished Research Professor of Management Science, Penn State
Distinguished Professor of Marketing, University of Technology, Sydney
2001 Awardee(s)
H. Newton Garber
Stephen M. Pollock, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Dept. of Industrial and Operations Engineering
2000 Awardee(s)
Robert A. Abrams
Arthur M. Geoffrion, UCLA, Anderson School of Management
1999 Awardee(s)
Carl M. Harris
1998 Awardee(s)
John J. Jarvis
1997 Awardee(s)
Michael H. Rothkopf
1996 Awardee(s)
Donald Gross
Gerald J. Lieberman, G. Lieberman Consulting LLC
1995 Awardee(s)
Peter V. Norden
1994 Awardee(s)
Thomas L. Magnanti, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
David A. Schrady, Naval Postgraduate School, Dept. of Operations Research
Mary R. DeMelim, Director, MRD Associates
1993 Awardee(s)
Seth Bonder, The Bonder Group
1992 Awardee(s)
W. Edward Cushen
1991 Awardee(s)
Saul I. Gass, University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
1990 Awardee(s)
Hugh E. Bradley
1989 Awardee(s)
William P. Pierskalla
1988 Awardee(s)
George L. Nemhauser, Georgia Institute of Technology, Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering
1987 Awardee(s)
John D.C. Little, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1986 Awardee(s)
Arthur A. Brown
1985 Awardee(s)
Alfred Blumstein, Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College
1984 Awardee(s)
Charles D. Flagle
1983 Awardee(s)
Merrill M. Flood
Martin K. Starr, Rollins College
1982 Awardee(s)
Jack R. Borsting, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
1981 Awardee(s)
David B. Hertz
1980 Awardee(s)
Bernard O. Koopman
1979 Awardee(s)
Charles J. Hitch
1978 Awardee(s)
John F. Magee, Arthur D. Little Incorporated
1976 Awardee(s)
Robert Herman, University of Texas-Austin
1975 Awardee(s)
Russell L. Ackoff
1974 Awardee(s)
Thomas E. Caywood