Operations Management Prof Honored by Peers

Aug. 29, 2008

Dr. Kathryn E. Stecke, Ashbel Smith Professor of Operations Management at the UT Dallas School of Management, has been chosen to receive the Kimball Medal from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

INFORMS awards the Kimball Medal each year to recognize distinguished service to both the organization and the profession of operations research and the management sciences. 

Long an active member of INFORMS, Stecke has chaired national and international meetings for the organization.  She served two terms on the INFORMS Board of Directors, first from 1999 to 2001 and again from 2003 to 2005 when she was vice president of INFORMS’ sections and societies. INFORMS has also recognized her research, naming her paper, “Formulation and Solution of Nonlinear Integer Production Planning Problems for Flexible Manufacturing Systems,” as “one of the 50 most influential papers” published in the society’s journal Management Science during the last half century.

Before joining the UT Dallas School of Management faculty in 2002, Stecke served for 21 years on the faculty of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. She earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1981.

At UT Dallas she teachers classes in operations management and flexible manufacturing strategies.  In 2007, she received the Distinguished Service Award of the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM) Society, whose parent organization is INFORMS.

INFORMS is a leading professional society for those working in the field of operations research. It was established in 1995 with the merger of two fifty-year-old professional societies, the Operations Research Society of America and The Institute of Management Sciences. The society serves the scientific and professional needs of educators, investigators, scientists, students, managers and consultants. It publishes 12 scholarly journals and a membership magazine. It also organizes national and international conferences for academics and professionals, as well as members of the society's special interest groups.

The award is named after George E. Kimball, a pioneer in the field of Quantum Chemistry and later, in the field of Operations Research.

Stecke’s co-recipient of the 2008 Kimball Medal is Dr. John Birge, the Jerry W. and Carol Lee Levin Professor of Operations Management at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.  The two will each receive a medallion and certificate commemorating their achievements during the annual INFORMS meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12.


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