George E. Kimball Medal

2020 - Winner(s)

2020 Winner(s)


Grace Lin is vice president, director of the Big Data Research Center, and chair professor in the Department of Business Administration at Asia University in Taichung, Taiwan since 2016. She recently founded the United Financial Intelligence Corp. (UFI) to support digital transformation and care quality improvement of aging care organizations. From 2011 to 2016, Dr. Lin was the founder and VP of the Data Analytics Technology and Applications (DATA) Institute and VP for the Advanced Research Institute (ARI) at the Institute for Information Industry (III). At III, she initiated key industry-government R&D programs including Smart Living and Smart Commerce Strategy Plan, Big Data Analytics, Smart Healthcare, Smart Tourism, FinTech, and Smart Agriculture. Previously, Dr. Lin worked for IBM US for more than 16 years as the Global Sense-and-Respond Value-Net Leader and CTO & director for Innovation and Emerging Solutions at IBM Global Business Services, and as a research staff member, manager, and senior manager at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. She was an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, and Relationship Manager for IBM's Integrated Supply Chain.

Her background and experience have positioned Dr. Lin at the intersection of technology, innovation, business consulting, and management as well as the intersection of academia and industry. Referred to by Forrester as one of the six supply chain gurus, Dr. Lin has published more than 80 technical papers, book chapters, and articles, and co-authored 10 U.S. patents and nine Taiwan patents. In 2006, she was named an INFORMS Fellow.

Dr. Lin's service to INFORMS and the profession has been substantial. She has been twice elected INFORMS VP Practice and VP International Activities, she has chaired the INFORMS Fellow Selection Committee and several INFORMS and IEEE conferences. Additionally, she has been active in the Edelman Award Competition, having served multiple years as judge and as a member of the selection committee. Active in WORMS, she has been a strong supporter of women in O.R. Passionate about bridging the gap between academia and industry, she has served on a number of university advisory boards. She has also served on National Science Foundation panels in the U.S., Canada, and Ireland, and editorial boards including Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM)Operations ResearchINFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics, and Service Science. She is a frequent keynote speaker at global conferences and industry events.

Dr Lin's awards include the INFORMS Franz Edelman Award, IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, IBM Corporate Logistics Award, IBM Research Division Award, IIE Doctoral Dissertation Award, the Purdue Outstanding Industrial Engineer Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsin-Ju, Taiwan.

For exemplary and distinguished service to INFORMS and the profession of operations research, management science, and analytics, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences expresses its sincere appreciation to Grace Lin by awarding her the 2020 George E. Kimball Medal.

2020 - Winner(s)

2020 Winner(s)


Sheldon H. Jacobson is founder professor in computer science, director of the Simulation and Optimization Laboratory, and founding director of the Bed Time Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds appointments in Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, and the College of Medicine.

He has made several seminal research contributions, all focusing on applying operations research and advanced analytics to address societal problems of national interest. For example, his research on multilevel aviation security passenger screening at airports was the precursor to risk-based security, providing the foundational concepts that informed the design and implementation of TSA PreCheck. His contributions have been recognized with numerous awards, including a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2018 INFORMS Impact Prize, given biennially to recognize widespread impact of operations research.

His research has been widely reported and communicated in the national press, including the Washington PostChicago TribuneLos Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe, editorialized in the New York Times, and discussed in Business Week, Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Osgood Files on CBS radio. He has appeared on CNBC's Street Signs and The Closing Bell, MSNBC's Weekends with Alex Witt, Washington Post Radio, CBS This Morning, and CBC Canada News (television and radio), and BBC World News (television and radio).

Professor Sheldon Jacobson's service to operations research and INFORMS spans many dimensions. His notable contributions include serving as INFORMS Treasurer, program director for operations research at the National Science Foundation, serving on National Academy of Science and National Academy of Medicine committees, general chair for the 2022 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, authoring numerous articles for OR/MS Today and recording podcasts for INFORMS, and briefing policymakers about the value of his research on issues of national concern, and working with the media in communicating his research findings to the general public as an expert.

His service has helped elevate the recognition of the operations research profession through media and outreach, advanced opportunities for the operations research profession through advocacy and service to national funding agencies and continues to help INFORMS thrive.

For his distinguished service to the Institute and the profession of operations research, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences expresses its sincere appreciation to Sheldon Jacobson by awarding him the 2020 George E. Kimball Medal.

Purpose of the Award

2021 Committee Chair

Larry Wein
Stanford 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.

2021 Submission Deadline: May 15, 2021


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

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, 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