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K-State Today

December 1, 2011

Industrial engineering professor receives national dissertation award

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Jessica Heier Stamm, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, is the recipient of the 2011 INFORMS Transportation and Logistics Society Dissertation Prize. The prize was awarded for her dissertation, “Design and Analysis of Humanitarian and Public Health Logistics Systems,” at the INFORMS annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C.

The award is the oldest and most prestigious honor for doctoral dissertations in the transportation science and logistics area. The 24 submissions were judged on fundamental contribution and originality of the ideas or methods; practical importance or applicability in solving important real problems; and clarity and excellence of the exposition.

Heier Stamm joined the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering department in December 2010. She received her doctoral degree from Georgia Tech in 2010 and her bachelor’s from Kansas State University in 2004. Her dissertation was completed under the direction of Ozlem Ergun and Julie Swann, both of Georgia Tech. She has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research and IIE Memorial Fellowships and was the recipient of National Engineers Week Foundation New Face of Engineering in February 2008.

INFORMS, the largest professional society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research, management science, and business analytics, serves the scientific and professional needs of operations researchers and those in the management sciences including educators, scientists, students, managers and consultants.

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