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MIE Doctoral Student Wins Judith Liebman Award at INFORMS Annual Meeting

On November 2, Michael Prokle, a doctoral candidate in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, was honored with the 2015 Judith Liebman Award at the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Prokle was the president of last year's interdisciplinary UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter and is being honored with the national Liebman Award for his work in that capacity.

The purpose of the Liebman Award is to recognize volunteers who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to their student chapters.

“Congratulations are indeed in order,” said Professor Sundar Krishnamurty, head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. “Michael is an all-around outstanding student, and I am delighted that he is recognized for his outstanding service contributions and leadership as well.”

In addition to Prokle’s award, our UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter was selected as a winner of the INFORMS 2015 Summa Cum Laude Student Chapter Annual Award.

Associate Professor Ana Muriel of MIE is Prokle’s faculty advisor, and the advisor for the campus INFORMS chapter is Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management at the Isenberg School of Management.

“I had the pleasure of nominating Michael,” said Nagurney. “He is the 4th recipient of this award from our chapter (Tina Wakolbinger, Patrick Qiang, and Amir Masoumi were the others). He is the first from MIE (and not ISOM).”

As Prokle commented about the Liebman Award, “It is an honor to have been nominated and selected. It really is an award for our student chapter, with great visibility for UMass in our field. The credits go to Professor Nagurney, who has been our faculty advisor for over 12 years now and chose to nominate me, as well as Professor Muriel, who supports me in all my endeavors.”

INFORMS serves the scientific and professional needs of operations research and management science (OR/MS) investigators, scientists, students, educators, and managers, as well as the institutions they serve, by such services as publishing a variety of journals that describe the latest OR/MS methods and applications and by organizing professional conferences.

The UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter is now in its 12th year of operation. The goal of the UMASS Amherst Student Chapter of INFORMS is to encourage interest in the field of operations research and the management sciences and to provide a means of communication among people having interest in the management sciences and operations research. Members of the chapter are undergraduate and graduate students from various schools and departments, including the Isenberg School of Management and the College of Engineering. (November 2015)