Raghu Raghavan won two national awards at the recent INFORMS conference in Nashville. Raghu won the INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice. The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in teaching the practice of operations research and management science (i.e., business analytics). Raghu also won the INFORMS Telecommunications Section Best Paper Award for the most outstanding published paper applying operations research techniques in the context of telecommunications. The paper was published in the INFORMS Journal of Computing last year and is co-authored with Si Chen at the Federal Reserve and Ivana Ljubic at Essec Business School Paris.
S. Chen, Ivana Ljubić, and S. Raghavan. “The Generalized Regenerator Location Problem”. INFORMS Journal on Computing, 27(2), 204-220, 2015.

"Four Smith School undergraduates took part in the University of Connecticut CIBER Case Challenge in October to compete with students from around the world on analyzing and presenting an international business case to judges. Zeinab Karake prepared the students for the competition and advised a student team onsite in Storrs, Connecticut. A Smith School student won overall second team prize, and another student won best presenter."

Zeinab Karake was the Faculty Advisor for the team of four students who won the PwC Case Challenge Competition on November 2nd.

On behalf of the INFORMS Volunteer Service Award Committee, Wedad Elmaghraby has been selected as a recipient of the Volunteer Service Award at the Distinguished level. The committee based its decision on her excellent record of service to INFORMS in 2015-2016. The award was presented at the Membership Meeting at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, held on Saturday, November 12 2016, in Nashville, TN. 

A team from CHIDS (Ritu Agarwal, Margret Bjarnadottir, Kenyon Crowley, and Kislaya Prasad) won a $50,000 grant to study "Personalized decision support for opioid prescribing”

Sean Barnes, along with collaborators from Johns Hopkins, won a Phase I National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant to support implementation of data-driven decision support tools for improving hospital operations

Sean Barnes won the inaugural INFORMS Minority Issues Forum Early Career Award in Business at the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Tunay Tunca’s paper "Buyer Intermediation in Supplier Finance" with his PhD student Weiming Zhu won the 1st prize in the POMS Supply Chain College Student Paper Competition in May, and was a finalist in the M&SOM student paper competition at Informs. This is the third best-paper recognition this paper won in the last two years.

Tunay Tunca chaired the M&SOM iFORM SIG Conference in June 2016.

Wedad Elmaghraby and Tunay Tunca were selected to chair M&SOM Cluster in 2017 INFORMS.