George E. Kimball Medal

2019 - Winner(s)

2019 Winner(s)

  • Peter C. Bell, University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business

Peter C. Bell was a professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business of Western University, Canada, from 1977 to 2018 and is now a professor emeritus and adjunct research professor. He earned his BA and MA from Oxford University and his MBA and PhD from the Graduate School of Business (now Booth) at the University of Chicago.

Professor Bell’s early research used interactive computer-generated graphics to address real management problems and led to a career-long interest in practice. His research program has produced more than 100 articles in scholarly and management journals and 16 books. A champion for the use of real-world cases in teaching analytics, he has written some 150 business cases and delivered case teaching workshops, seminars, and presentations in more than 20 countries. He organized the second Annual Summer Workshop on Teaching Management Science, which focused on the interactive classroom, and won awards for MBA teaching and teaching innovation, as well as the INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of the OR/MS Practice.

His INFORMS activities include two Board terms as Vice President–International Activities; Chair of the Practice Section (formerly CPMS); Chair of the Edelman Prize Competition; many years as an Edelman Prize judge, verifier, and team coach; Master of Ceremonies at the Edelman Gala; and Associate Editor for Operations Research and the INFORMS Journal of Applied Analytics, as well as service on many INFORMS committees.

For more than 20 years, Professor Bell served on the Board of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS), first as North American Vice President, then President, Past President, Coordinator of Publications, and finally Treasurer. During this time he was program chair for the first-ever conference on multimedia operations research and founded and served as inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the IFORS journal International Transactions in Operational Research. As IFORS President (1995–1997), he presided over the 1996 Vancouver conference that attracted 950 registrants from 48 countries and played an instrumental role in organizing the 1999 Beijing conference that attracted almost 1,000 registrants from 46 countries. In addition to his leadership roles in IFORS, he is a Past President of the Canadian Operational Research Society; an Award of Merit winner, he was elected an emeritus member in 2018.

Professor Bell was elected an INFORMS Fellow in 2006. He has also provided consulting services to corporations, hospitals, small businesses, lawyers, charities, and government agencies and served on a number of boards of directors.

For his many contributions to the field of operations research and management science, including innovation in teaching and extensive involvement in society activities, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences expresses its sincere appreciation to Peter C. Bell by awarding him the 2019 George E. Kimball Medal.


2019 - Winner(s)

2019 Winner(s)


Edward Kaplan is the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research, professor of public health, and professor of engineering at Yale University. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors from McGill University and three master’s degrees and his doctorate from MIT. He joined the Yale faculty in 1987 following appointments at Harvard’s Kennedy School and the University of Massachusetts Boston. 

Professor Kaplan has studied problems in public housing; HIV monitoring, prevention, and resource allocation; bioterror preparedness for smallpox and anthrax; counterterrorism and intelligence operations; anti-Semitism; blood and plasma donation policy; undocumented immigration; and sports. His work has influenced establishing legal needle exchange programs in the United States and abroad and has contributed to new approaches to HIV incidence surveillance at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His research of smallpox bioterror preparedness has informed government decision-making regarding post-attack vaccination policy, his study of the tactical prevention of suicide bombings has informed intelligence community briefings, and his analysis of blood donation risks in Israel led to his placement on an advisory committee to Israel’s Ministry of Health that reformed blood donation policy.

His research contributions have been recognized with several awards and honors from INFORMS, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, the OMEGA RHO Operations Research Honor Society, and the CDC among others.

A member of ORSA and TIMS and INFORMS, Professor Kaplan served on and chaired numerous INFORMS committees, served in senior editorial positions for Management Science and Operations Research, and was elected twice to the INFORMS Board first as Director and then as President.  His tenure saw the INFORMS Board adopt a new strategic plan to promote best practices and advances to improve operational processes, decision-making, and outcomes. The plan included a call for INFORMS members to advance society and make the world a better place.

Professor Kaplan is also an active member of the Operations Research Society of Israel.

For his many contributions to the field of operations research and management science, INFORMS expresses its sincere appreciation to Edward H. Kaplan by awarding him the 2019 George E. Kimball Medal.

Purpose of the Award

2020 Committee Chair

Jeffrey Camm

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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.

2020 Submission Deadline: To be announced spring 2020


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

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