The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Annual Meeting

Students and Faculty Represented the Industrial Engineering Department

Not only were they in attendance, but they came away with some great experiences and some awards!

 Dr. Greg Parnell received the Frank P. Ramsey Medal

The Frank P. Ramsey Medal is the highest award of the Decision Analysis Society (DAS). It was created to recognize distinguished contributions to the field of decision analysis. The Ramsey Medalists are recognized for having made substantial further contributions to that theory and its application to important classes of real decision problems. The Medal is accompanied by a $1,000 honorarium.

During the student poster competition, two students received second place. The poster completion is a very involved process including: Three rounds of competition. In Round 1, participants submit their posters prior to the conference for judges to review. The judges will select a set of semi-finalists to be evaluated in Round 2. Round 2 involves judges evaluating the semifinalist presentations at the conference. Based on their evaluation the judges select a list of finalists who move to the final round. In Round 3, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of each day of the competition will be identified and awarded. The recognition includes a certificate, an award check, and announcements on INFORMS web-site and in the INFORMS newsletters.

PhD Student - Emre Kirac


 PhD Candidate Emre Kirac advised by Dr. Ashlea Milburn – received 2nd place with his poster "Social Media Usage in Static Disaster Relief Routing Plans."  His study investigates whether it is worthwhile to include and act on information posted to social media platforms in disaster response plans. He constructed two alternative decision policies to represent how emergency mangers might use social data and compare their performances by solving a wide variety of routing problems.



PhD Candidate Mahboubeh Madadi advised by Dr. Shengfan Zhang PhD Student - Madadireceived 2nd place with her poster "Evaluation of Breast Cancer Mammography Screening Policies Considering Heterogeneity in Women’s Adherence Behavior."  This study can facilitate healthcare providers to tailor screening mammography recommendations based on their patients' estimated adherence levels."

In addition, Mahboubeh was among the finalists for INFORMS Minority Issues Forum (MIF) poster competition in which she presented another work on breast cancer over-diagnosis.


Mina Hadianniasar (INEG PhD student) entered a case entitled Growing Pains which was selected as a finalist in the Case and Teaching Material Competition.  She is advised by Dr. Ashlea Milburn.