INFORMS President's Award

2016 - Awardee(s)

2016 Awardee(s)


Gerald G. Brown, Distinguished Professor of Operations Research at the Naval Postgraduate School, has been a member of the NPS faculty since receiving his PhD from UCLA in 1974. Over his 40+ year career, Prof. Brown has established himself as the world’s leading expert in military operations research. More to the point of this award, however, are Prof. Brown’s tireless efforts to improve security, both in the United States and abroad.  Prof. Brown’s and his NPS colleagues’ research contributions to methods for defending critical infrastructure in addition to other problems in military and homeland security have been widely recognized. For these as well as basic research accomplishments in optimization theory, Prof. Brown was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008. Perhaps less known to INFORMS members is Prof. Brown’s role in military problems such as developing a route planning tool for military aircraft operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, a life-saving intervention recognized with the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal awarded by the Secretary of the Navy. Other military applications include developing software for planning Tomahawk missile strikes, and capital planning models for defense procurements.

The President’s Award is given to recognize work that advances the welfare of society. Prof. Brown’s design of new tools and programs have improved both the efficiency and effectiveness of military and homeland security operations. What better advances the welfare of society than successful operations research that keeps us safe and secure? INFORMS is proud to present Prof. Gerald G. Brown its President’s Award for 2016 for his work to improve societal welfare through the identification of new problems, development of appropriate models, and implementation of operations research methods to some of the most pressing military and security issues of our time.

Purpose of the Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize, and thereby encourage, important contributions to the welfare of society by members of our profession at the local, national, or global level. Achievements suitable for this recognition may be in technical or scientific education or in paid or voluntary consulting or management (commercial, academic, governmental, or nonprofit). The accomplishments honored need not have been documented by personal execution of formal or informal OR/MS studies but could have been reflected in support or promotion of OR/MS efforts. The award is given each year at the National meeting if there is a suitable recipient. The award is a framed certificate with a brief citation.

Award Information

The purpose of this award is to recognize, and thereby encourage, important contributions to the welfare of society by members of our profession at the local, national, or global level.

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2017 Committee Chair:

Brian Denton
2017 INFORMS President
University of Michigan


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Past Awardees

2016 Awardee(s)
Gerald G. Brown
2015 Awardee(s)
Jack Levis, UPS
2014 Awardee(s)
András Prékopa, Rutgers University
2013 Awardee(s)
Arthur M. Geoffrion, UCLA, Anderson School of Management
2012 Awardee(s)
Andrés P. Weintraub, CSAV
2011 Awardee(s)
Kenneth R. Chelst, Wayne State University
2010 Awardee(s)
Jonathan P. Caulkins, Carnegie Mellon University
2009 Awardee(s)
Ralph L. Keeney, USC
2008 Awardee(s)
Margaret L. Brandeau, Stanford University, Management Science and Engineering
2007 Awardee(s)
Lawrence M. Wein, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business
2006 Awardee(s)
Vijay Chandru, Chairman & CEO, Strand Life Sciences
2005 Awardee(s)
William P. Pierskalla
2004 Awardee(s)
William "Al" Wallace , Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Decision Sciences & Engineering Systems
2003 Awardee(s)
Richard C. Larson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2002 Awardee(s)
Edward H. Kaplan, Yale University
2001 Awardee(s)
Seth Bonder, The Bonder Group
2000 Awardee(s)
William W. Hogan
1999 Awardee(s)
Leonard Kleinrock, University of California, Computer Science Dept.
1998 Awardee(s)
Jan M. Chaiken
1997 Awardee(s)
Warren E. Walker, Delft University of Technology
1996 Awardee(s)
Arnold I. Barnett, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management
1995 Awardee(s)
Not Awarded
1994 Awardee(s)
Gerald J. Lieberman, G. Lieberman Consulting LLC Lucius Riccio, Columbia University
1993 Awardee(s)
Alfred Blumstein, Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College