George E. Kimball Medal

2016 - Awardee(s)

2016 Awardee(s)


Professor Jeffrey D. Camm is currently Associate Dean of Business Analytics and Inmar Presidential Chair in Business Analytics at the Wake Forest University School of Business where he has led the creation of a new Master of Science degree program in Business Analytics. Previously, he was a faculty member for 31 years in the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati where he held the Joseph S. Stern Chair in Business Analytics, and served twenty years as department head of the Department of Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems. He was also founding director of the UC Center for Business Analytics, an industry/academic collaboration. While at Cincinnati, he received a life-time appointment as a Fellow of the Graduate School, the University’s highest honor for contributions in research and graduate education. Camm earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Xavier University (Ohio) and his Ph.D. in Management Science from Clemson University.

Dr. Camm’s area of research is optimization applied to problems in operations management and marketing. His research has been published in Science, Management Science, Operations Research, and Interfaces, among other journals. His work in supply chain optimization with Procter & Gamble was a 1996 Edelman Award Finalist and is credited with helping P&G save over $250 million annually in their North American supply chain. In 1998, his joint work on nature reserve site selection for efficient conservation was published in the journal Science and appeared in a brief to President Clinton.  Camm has also been the recipient of a number of teaching awards, including the 2006 INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS practice. He is coauthor of seven texts on business statistics, management science, and business analytics. His teaching, heavily influenced by his extensive consulting experience, has always been focused on creating truly impactful OR practitioners.

Camm has a long history of service to INFORMS.  Early in his career, he was active in the Cincinnati/Dayton Chapter of INFORMS, including serving as Secretary, Vice President and President of the chapter. He served as Functional Editor of Operations Management for Interfaces from 1999-2004 and as Editor in Chief of Interfaces from 2005-2010. He served as Associate Editor of INFORMS Transactions on Education from 1999-2013. An avid supporter of the Edelman Award, he has served as an Award Judge twice, as an Edelman Coach, as a member of the Edelman Gala Committee and as the Edelman Gala Master of Ceremonies. He has served on the INFORMS Prize Committee, including one year as Chair.  Camm has been particularly active in service to INFORMS Meetings, having served as Cluster Chair, Annual Meeting Program Chair and as a member of the INFORMS Meetings Committee for ten years. He currently serves on the INFORMS Committee on Masters Programs in Analytics.

For his many contributions to the field of operations research and management science, and for his distinguished service to INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences expresses its sincere appreciation to Jeffrey D. Camm by awarding him the 2016 George E. Kimball Medal.

2016 - Awardee(s)

2016 Awardee(s)


Dr. Robin Lougee has spent her entire professional career as a Research Scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, where she is currently Global Research Industry Lead for Consumer Products and Agriculture of the IBM Research Division.  Over the past 22 years, she has held various technical and management positions including Global Technology Outlook Lead for Strategy and Technical World-Wide Operations, Research Division Liaison to IBM Corporate Development Mergers and Acquisitions, and founding Manager for Smarter Commerce Research.  She has received over 40 recognitions from IBM for her technical and business contributions, including the IBM Research Division Award, three Technical Group Awards, and four Plateau Invention Achievement Awards.  Prior to joining IBM Research, Lougee received a BS (summa cum laude), an MS, and a PhD in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University.

Robin Lougee’s research has been in the areas of mixed-integer linear programming theory and its application to business and industry.  She has published journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings in the areas of mathematical programming, discrete optimization, manufacturing production planning, hydroelectric management, open-source software, and object-oriented applications frameworks in journals including Operations Research, Operations Research Letters, and IBM Journal for Research and Development.  She has served as an Associate Editor for Surveys in ORMS and Operations Research, and as a Guest Editor of IBM Journal of R&D Special Issues on Smarter Commerce

One of Robin Lougee’s many significant professional achievements is as co-creator of the Computational Infrastructure for Operations Research (COIN-OR), an initiative to spur the development of open-source software to accelerate the adoption and evolution of computational operations research.  In 2000, she gave the presentation that launched the COIN-OR initiative as a three-year experiment by IBM Research.  As Program Manager, she led its growth to an independent non-profit in 2004.  She was subsequently elected to the Board of the COIN-OR Foundation, Inc.  The initiative has grown from its initial offerings of four software projects to more than 50 projects spanning much of computational operations research.  In 2014, she was named a co-recipient of the INFORMS Impact Prize in recognition of her contributions to COIN-OR.   Her fellow recipients honored the pivotal nature of her contributions by asking her to accept the award on behalf of them and the greater COIN-OR community.

Robin Lougee has been engaged in service to INFORMS across a broad range of activities, but with a particular focus on building INFORMS’ Communities and Meetings.  She served on the INFORMS Board as VP of Meetings for two years, following four years as a member of the Meetings Committee, during a period of record-setting attendance growth.  She also served as Program Chair for the INFORMS International Meeting in Puerto Rico in 2007.  She drove the creation of the INFORMS Professional Colloquium for students, an initiative that is now an integral component of the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research, serving as its inaugural Chair in 2005 and 2006.  Her leadership in INFORMS Communities includes serving for eight years as an officer of the INFORMS Computing Society, including as Chair, during which time she established an endowment for the Student Prize, and for four years as an officer of the Women in ORMS Forum, including as President.

For her many contributions to the field of operations research and management science, and for her distinguished service to INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences expresses its sincere appreciation to Robin Lougee by awarding her the 2016 George E. Kimball Medal.

Purpose of the Award

2017 Committee Chair

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.

2017 Submission Deadline: July 31, 2017

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

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