Melanie Lucht, assistant vice president for Enterprise Risk Management, has won the Business Continuity Institute’s (BCI) Continuity and Resiliency Professional of the Year Award for the private sector in the Americas. The award makes her eligible for the BCI Global Awards, which will be held in November in London. The Global Awards include other regional winners from Europe, Africa, Australia, India, Asia and the Middle East. The BCI, established in 1994, is the world’s leading institute for business continuity professionals. Learn more about Lucht.
Jessica Hodgins, professor of computer science and robotics, has been elected president of SIGGRAPH, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. SIGGRAPH convenes the premier annual conference on computer graphics, which is attended by tens of thousands of computer professionals. The SIGGRAPH president serves a three-year term. This summer, SIGGRAPH named Hodgins the 2017 recipient of its Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics. The group’s highest honor for computer graphics, the award recognized Hodgins for her foundational work in character animation, her support and cultivation of emerging researchers, and her extensive volunteer service to the computer graphics community.
R. Ravi was named an INFORMS fellow for the Class of 2017 “for contributions to the understanding of algorithms in combinatorial optimization, their application in business and technology, and for educational innovation in operations research.” The Fellow Award is reserved for distinguished individuals who have demonstrated outstanding and exceptional accomplishments in operations research and the management sciences. Ravi is a professor of business, operations research and computer science in the Tepper School of Business. He won the Tepper School’s George Leland Bach Award for Excellence in the MBA Classroom in 2013.