Spring Newsletter                                                                         2019
Message from the President - Katie McConky

Greetings OR Division Members,

It was great seeing many of you at the Annual Conference in Orlando this year. As the new President of the OR Division, I would first like to thank our hardworking volunteers, especially our outgoing board members Lizhi Wang (Iowa State University) and Hugh Medal (University of Tennessee), and our current Past President Scott Grasman (Kettering University). We need hardworking dedicated volunteers like these to keep this division strong, so I would like to encourage you all to get involved. Please contact me if you would like to inquire about volunteer opportunities which can include competition judging, developing webinar content, providing newsletter content to much larger roles depending on your available time.

This past year we successfully ran two competitions that culminated in line with the Annual Conference including the OR Division Teaching Excellence Award and the OR Division Undergraduate Student Research Dissemination Award. The winners of these competitions are announced in this newsletter. Next year we will continue to hold these competitions, but I hope to do more. So please stay tuned as I hope to make this division more active and valuable to its members in the year to come.

This brief newsletter contains:
  • Election Results and OR Division Leadership
  • Teaching Excellence Award Winner
  • Undergraduate Student Research Dissemination Award Winners
  • Call For Entries to the Division's Newsletter
Thank you and I look forward to serving you over the next two years.

IISE OR Division President
Election Results and OR Division Leadership

Immediate Past President -  
Chase Rainwater (University of Arkansas)

President 2019 - 2021- 
Katie McConky (Rochester Institute of Technology)

Returning Board Members -

Guiping Hu (Iowa State University)

Ambarish Acharya (E. & J. Gallo Winery)


Newly Elected Board Members -

Thomas Sharkey (Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute)

Mohammad Marufuzzaman (Mississippi State University)
IISE OR Division Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Operations Research 2019

Our Excellence in Teaching of Operations Research Award is presented annually at the IISE Annual Conference to recognize exceptional teaching in the area of Operations Research. Candidates for the award must be nominated by a faculty colleague or student who has taken classes with the candidate.
Congratulations to this year's winner: Rusty King - North Carolina State University.
IISE OR Division Undergraduate Student Research Dissemination Award

GOAL: The goal of this award is to recognize scholarly work as well as ability to effectively communicate results from an undergraduate student or student team.

ELIGIBILITY: The first author of the paper must be a full-time undergraduate student at the time of submission. The paper must present original research conducted while the applicant was a student.

PROCESS: The winner is decided based both on their written paper and their oral presentation. Finalists are selected before ISERC, but the winner is determined at ISERC.

PRIZES: All finalists received cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the amounts of $400, $200, and $100 respectively!

SPONSORS: This year the award was jointly sponsored by University of Arkansas and Rochester Institute of Technology.

VOLUNTEER JUDGES: Many thanks to this year's judges: Omar Aponte, Vishnunarayan Girishan Prabhu, and Zhijie (Sasha) Dong.


1st Place
: Expected Travel Distance Models for Retail Store Order Fulfillment
Ning Zhang - Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute
Advisor - Jennifer Pazour

2nd Place
: Interactive Optimization Tool for Medical Supply Distribution
Thanika Painruttanusukho - University of Washington
Advisor - Zelda Zabinsky

3rd Place
: Location Allocation of Autonomous Vehicle Stations in Frisco, TX
Tyce Kissling, Texas A&M University - Commerce
Advisor - Sojung Kim

Call for Entries to the Division's Quarterly Newsletter

The division is publishing its quarterly newsletters and hereby soliciting news entries. This is a great opportunity to showcase interesting yet impactful research, professional practices and educational efforts within the division. The solicited story will go into the following blocks in the newsletter: Research in the News, Practical Applications, Education and Outreach. It would be great if you could:

(1)    Prepare your story write-up within 300 words (write it in plain language for diverse audiences);
(2)    Provide a nice picture together with the story;
(3)    Provide a link (if possible) to a detail version of the story (hyperlink to your project public webpage, etc.).
Please email your materials to  Guiping Hu and   your entry will appear in the next available division newsletter.

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