Professor James MacGregor Smith of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and his former Ph.D. student, Alexander Stepanov, now a GIS analyst with Campus Planning, won the best paper award in the theory and methodology category at the 25th European Conference on Operational Research, held in Vilnius, Lithuania. EURO presented the first of its annual best paper awards for papers published in the European Journal of Operational Research. Smith and Stepanov’s paper, “Multi-objective evacuation routing in transportation networks,” was published in October 2009. Their award also included a 1,000-euro prize.
Professor Smith conducts research on topological network design, facility layout and location, and stochastic network design and analysis problems. In particular, he is doing research on Steiner minimal Tress in 3d, Quadratic Assignment and Set Packing problems, State Dependent Queueing network design and analysis along with finite buffer queueing network models. Applications include the design of manufacturing plants, healthcare facilities, and many other production and service oriented systems. (September 2012)