George E. Kimball Medal

2018 - Awardee(s)

2018 Awardee(s)

Winning material:

Candace Arai Yano received her A.B. in Economics (Honors), M.S. degrees in both Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, all from Stanford University. She was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1981 to 1982, and was on the faculty of the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan before joining the University of California, Berkeley in 1993.  She has a joint appointment between the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and the Haas School of Business, and holds the Gary and Sherron Kalbach Chair of Business Administration. 

Professor Yano’s early research focused on analytical models for optimizing operational decisions in response to uncertainty in demand, lead times, and yields in multi-stage manufacturing systems. She continues to work on related problems, but more recently, has been interested in interdisciplinary problems at the interface between operations management and marketing. Motivated to work on challenging new problems arising in practice, with  both doctoral students and other colleagues, she has worked on a wide variety of topics over the years, including sequencing vehicles on assembly lines, scheduling container shipments on railroads, product line selection and pricing, and print preservation decisions for research journals.

Professor Yano was the co-chair for the first conference of the ORSA Technical Section on Manufacturing Management (TECMAN) in 1994 and President of TECMAN in 1994-95.  In the latter capacity, she played a key role in the founding of the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM) Society.  She was also a co-founder of the Women in OR/MS Forum (WORMS) and served as its President in 1998-99

Within the broader INFORMS community, Professor Yano served as Chair of the Job Placement Committee (1995-2004) and in that role, initiated the now-popular Job (later Career) Fair at the annual meetings.  She also served on Subdivisions Committees and the Student Affairs Committee.  In 2006-2007, she served as Vice President of Marketing and Outreach.  She served as Program Chair for the INFORMS National Meeting in San Jose in 2002 and General Chair for the meeting in San Francisco in 2014.  She has also been a frequent presenter at Doctoral Student and New Faculty Colloquia. 

Professor Yano has served as Department Editor for Management Science (2003-08), Deputy Editor (2002) and Senior Editor (1996-2005) for Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Department Editor for Interfaces (1998-2004), Associate Editor for Operations Research (1995-2000), and editorial board member for Service Science (2015 to present), and has served on nominating and review committees for several INFORMS journals.

Professor Yano is a Fellow of INFORMS and of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering.  From INFORMS subdivisions, she has received the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Distinguished  Service Award (1997), and the WORMS Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS (2008).

2018 - Awardee(s)

2018 Awardee(s)

  • Bruce L. Golden, University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
Winning material:

Bruce L. Golden received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and his masters and doctoral degrees from M.I.T. He joined the faculty of the University of Maryland Business School in 1976 and served as a Department Chairman from 1980 to 1996.  Currently, he is the France-Merrick Chair in Management Science in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.  His research interests include transportation science & logistics, combinatorial optimization, and healthcare analytics.

In particular, Professor Golden has made numerous and substantial contributions to the field of vehicle routing. In recognition of this, he was recently selected as the second VeRoLog Fellow (and first non-European). The VeRoLog Fellow title is awarded by the board of the European Working Group on Vehicle Routing and Logistics Optimization to an individual who throughout his or her professional career has made fundamental and sustained contributions to vehicle routing and logistics optimization, and has influenced the field through his or her writings, teaching, service, and nurturing of younger professionals.

In parallel with his academic contributions to the field of vehicle routing, he founded a company with several colleagues in 1980 in order to implement the latest advances in vehicle routing and business logistics. By the late 1980s, this company (RouteSmart Technologies, Inc.) specialized in the design and licensing of vehicle routing software. The current version of this software continues to be used by many transportation and public utility companies today.

Professor Golden has contributed to INFORMS and our profession in many ways. He has served on and chaired INFORMS boards and committees, chaired sessions, clusters, workshops, and conferences, and he has provided exceptional service to major journals in OR/MS. He has been an INFORMS Fellow since 2004.

Bruce served as Area Editor of Operations Research from 1982 to 1988. He served as Departmental Editor of Management Science from 1992 to 2002. In 1992, the ORSA Journal on Computing was in financial trouble. Bruce was named its second Editor-in-Chief (EIC). He cut costs and quickly lined up a handful of institutional sponsors. He worked with a graphic designer to redesign the journal cover. The journal became profitable and Bruce was re-appointed as EIC of the INFORMS Journal on Computing in 1996. Bruce has been an active member of the INFORMS Journal on Computing Advisory Board ever since he stepped down as EIC in 2000. For his many contributions to the INFORMS Computing Society, Professor Golden received its 2011 Harvey J. Greenberg Award for lifetime contributions.

Ivan Frisch started the journal Networks in 1971 to publish articles on network modeling and network optimization. It was the first journal of its kind. Bruce served as a referee in the early 1970s, and he became an Associate Editor by the late 1970s. In 1999, Professor Golden and Douglas Shier were named Editors-in-Chief of Networks.

Networks publishes eight issues per year and Bruce continues to serve as an EIC. About 15 years ago, he introduced the Glover-Klingman Prize (in recognition of the pioneering contributions of Fred Glover and Darwin Klingman to network optimization) for best Networks paper of the year. This prize has been awarded from 2003 through 2018. In general, the journal continues to thrive. Bruce has now been an EIC of a major OR/MS journal for more than 26 years.

For his many contributions to the field of operations research and management science, INFORMS expresses its sincere appreciation to Bruce L. Golden by awarding him the 2018 George E. Kimball Medal.

Purpose of the Award

2019 Committee Chair

Anne G. Robinson

Click here for committee information.

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.

2019 Submission Deadline: May 15, 2019

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.

Click here to learn more

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...

Learn more about George E. Kimball

Past Awardees

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