George E. Kimball Medal

2021 - Winner(s)

2021 Winner(s)


Professor Cynthia Barnhart is the Ford Foundation Professor of Engineering at MIT, with appointments in the Sloan School of Management and the School of Engineering. She served as the sixth chancellor of MIT during 2014-2021, the first woman to hold this position. During her MIT career, she was also associate and acting dean of the School of Engineering and co-directed both the Operations Research Center and the Center for Transportation and Logistics.

Professor Barnhart has developed models, optimization methods, and decision support systems for large-scale transportation problems, which has influenced the practice of integrated airline scheduling. She is an INFORMS Fellow and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Engineering. She received a second-place Edelman Award as well as honorary doctorates from École Polytechnique and the University of Toronto.

Professor Barnhart has provided illustrious service to our community since joining ORSA 35 years ago. She served as president of INFORMS in 2008 and spearheaded the establishment of the Doing Good with Good OR Student Paper Competition, which helped increase awareness and participation in research and activities focused on societal impact within the INFORMS community. She served as president of the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society and the INFORMS Women in Operations Research/Management Science Forum (WORMS). She received the WORMS Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS, which recognizes her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also received the 2020 INFORMS President's Award. Professor Barnhart has served on the editorial boards of numerous INFORMS journals.

For her distinguished service to INFORMS and her wide-ranging contributions to the profession of operations research through research, practice, education, leadership, and service, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences expresses its sincere appreciation to Cynthia Barnhart by awarding her the 2021 George E. Kimball Medal.

2021 - Winner(s)

2021 Winner(s)


Professor Michael F. Gorman is the Niehaus Endowed Chair in Operations and Analytics in the School of Business at the University of Dayton. Through numerous publications, Professor Gorman has strongly contributed to the practice of operations research and analytics, and has several times been a finalist or semi-finalist for the Edelman Prize and the Wagner Prize. He has also been awarded the INFORMS Volunteer Service Award and the INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice.

For nearly 30 years, Professor Gorman has provided consistent high-impact service to INFORMS and the operations research profession. He was instrumental in launching the INFORMS Analytics Section, which is now the largest society in INFORMS. He was its inaugural chair and led the recruitment of its first 500 members. In the section's first year, he conceived, implemented and chaired the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA) which is still the central award of the Society today. As a result of his leadership and distinguished service, in 2020 the society named its distinguished service award the Michael F. Gorman Award for Distinguished Contributions to the INFORMS Analytics Society. He has also been very active in the INFORMS Rail Applications Section, and was its chair in 1997-1998 and 2009-2010.

As Editor-in-Chief for the last four years, Professor Gorman led a journal name change from Interfaces to the INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics, and also spearheaded its 50th anniversary special issue. He was also the first contributing editor of Management Science charged with Management Insights, to summarize and translate articles into a form managers can understand and appreciate. He wrote approximately 1000 practitioner-centric abstracts covering every paper published in Management Science from 2010-2016.

For his many contributions to the practice of operations research and analytics, and for his distinguished service to INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences expresses its sincere appreciation to Michael F. Gorman by awarding him the 2021 George E. Kimball Medal.

Purpose of the Award

2021 Committee Chair

Jeff Camm
Wake Forest 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.

2022 Submission Deadline: May 15, 2022


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

Nominations are provided within the INFORMS award submission software.  Nomination materials needed during the submission process include Nomination Letter (outlining the scope of service to INFORMS), Nominee’s CV, and draft citation of merit.  Self-nominations are welcome. 

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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

2021 Winner(s)
Cynthia Barnhart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michael Gorman, University of Dayton
2020 Winner(s)
Grace Lin, Asia University
Sheldon H. Jacobson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2019 Winner(s)
Peter C. Bell, University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business
Edward H. Kaplan, Yale University
2018 Awardee(s)
Candace Yano, University of California, Berkeley
Bruce L. Golden, University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
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, Cornell University
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