Wayne State alumnus wins 2013 INFORMS Best Dissertation Prize

DETROIT (Oct. 16, 2013) – Wayne State University College of Engineering alumnus Farshid Azadian, PhD ISE ’12, was presented with the 2013 Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Transportation Science and Logistics Society’s Best Dissertation Prize for the Aviation Applications Section at the INFORMS annual meeting, held Oct. 6 to 9 in Minneapolis.


From left to right: Amedeo Odoni, chair of the Prize
Committee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;

Azadian; Thomas Vossen, INFORMS AAS president,
University of Colorado

  Chinnam, Azadian, Murat, and Monplaisir

Azadian’s winning dissertation is titled "An Integrated Framework for Freight Forwarders: Exploitation of Dynamic Information for Multimodal Transportation.” He was co-advised by WSU industrial and systems engineering professors Alper Murat and Ratna Babu Chinnam.

According to the chair of the Dissertation Prize Committee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Amedeo Odoni, Azadian’s work has the potential to significantly impact multimodal transportation on scheduled time-dependent stochastic networks.

“He was awarded the prize due to the innovative and original operations research modeling and methodology content, as well as for the practice and integration of road and air transportation and logistics,” Odoni said during the meeting.

WSU Industrial and Systems Engineering Chair Leslie Monplaisir added, “Farshid's contributions to the discipline extend far beyond air cargo transportation. This is a very prestigious award and a great accomplishment for Farshid and his co-advisors, Drs. Murat and Chinnam. I congratulate them on their outstanding work.”

Azadian, who now serves as a tenure-track faculty member at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (EARU) College of Business in Florida, joins an elite group of recent top-winners from institutions such as the University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Georgia Institute of Technology and Northwestern University.

“It is an honor to be awarded the best dissertation prize,” Azadian says. “Indeed this is all due to the support and guidance of my advisors and high quality education I received in the ISE department at Wayne State University. For that, I’ll always be grateful.”

Throughout October, the Wayne State College of Engineering celebrates its 80th anniversary. For more information on anniversary events and activities, visit https://engineering.wayne.edu/news.php?id=12520.


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