Last night’s Awards Ceremony represented a small peek into one wonderful aspect of Operations Research: we are a community.
The honorees ranged in age from current undergraduates to very senior researchers, teachers, and leaders in our field.
It was fun to see in one hour a nice cross section of people at all stages of their careers — from students publishing their very first forays into advancing the art and science of OR — to the men and women who have blazed the trails many of the rest of us are following.
I was especially touched that Uriel Rothblum’s son was able to accept the prestigious INFORMS Expository Writing Prize on behalf of his father, who sadly passed away this Spring after a long and outstanding career contributing to a wide variety of topical areas.
George Nemhauser, accepting the John von Neumann Theory Prize on behalf of himself and Laurence Wolsey, was recognized for a lifetime of cutting edge contributions.
Andres Weintraub, in accepting the INFORMS President’s Award, mentioned how happy he was to accept an award for something that he has always loved doing.