Carnegie Mellon University
November 06, 2015

Carnegie Mellon’s Cornuéjols Awarded Rare International Prize in Business Operations and Management

Two Tepper School Ph.D. Graduates Among His Co-Authors and Fellow Awardees

Gérard Cornuéjols has been presented the prestigious Frederick W. Lanchester Prize for 2015 in honor of the best contribution to operations research and management science published in English, sharing it with two international professors who earned their doctorates at Carnegie Mellon University’s business school.

Cornuéjols, the IBM University Professor of Operations Research at the Tepper School of Business, received the prize this week in Philadelphia as part of the annual international meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).  His co-awardees were: Giacomo Zambelli, assistant professor of management science at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, who received his Ph.D. (2004) from the Tepper School; and Michele Conforti, professor of mathematics at the University of Padova, Italy, and also a Tepper Ph.D. (1983). They were honored for their 2014 book, “Integer Programming.”

The prize, conferred since 1954, is so selective that it wasn’t awarded four of the previous six years.

Cornuéjols thus became only the third researcher/contributor to be so honored more than once:  He also won the Lanchester in 1977, at age 27. Alexander Schrijver (1986 and 2004), of the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in The Netherlands, and George Nemhauser (1977 and 1989), of Georgia Tech, were the only previous two-time awardees.

“If I may speak for my colleagues, it is a distinct honor to be the recipients of the Lanchester Prize,” Cornuéjols said. “It is indeed a rare and respected award when bestowed.”

Added Robert M. Dammon, dean of the Tepper School: “This is indeed an historic honor for Gérard and his colleagues. It illustrates how important Gérard’s work is to the field of Operations Research, and how productive and impactful he has been over his extensive career.”

Cornuéjols is one of several faculty members to win recent research awards. Other awardees include: Fatma Kılınç-Karzan, Param Vir Singh, John Hooker and Sridhar Tayur.