Carnegie Mellon University
April 18, 2016

Ph.D. Candidates Recognized for Excellence in Research

Each year the Tepper School of Business honors several Ph.D. candidates with awards in recognition of outstanding research in their respective fields of study. This year’s awards were presented at a spring reception at the Tepper School.

The 2016 Ph.D. Awardees included:

The Egon Balas Award — which is given to Ph.D. candidates who have written the Best Student Paper in Operations Research or Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization — was awarded to Dabeen Lee. Lee was recognized for his paper entitled “On the Chvatal Rank of Polytopes Contained in the 0,1 Hypercube.” He was selected as the winner of this award by a faculty committee headed by Willem-Jan van Hoeve, associate professor of operations research.

Cédric Ehouarne earned the Alexander Henderson Award for Excellence in Economics. Sevin Yeltekin, associate professor of economics, led the faculty committee that chose Ehouarne’s dissertation, “Cross-Sectional Phenomena and New Perspectives on Macro-Finance Puzzles,” for this award. Four previous winners of this prestigious award have gone on to earn the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. 

The Dipankar and Sharmila Chakravarti Doctoral Fellowship Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to research in marketing, was awarded to Julian Givi. Givi was chosen as winner of this award by a faculty committee headed by Jeffrey Galak, associate professor of marketing. 

Jonathan Kush earned the Gerald R. Salancik Doctoral Dissertation Award for his paper is entitled “The Influence of Communication Networks and Turnover on TMS and Team Performance.” The faculty committee that selected Kush for this award was headed by Mark Fichman, associate professor of organizational behavior and theory.