A Texas Engineer has developed a new data-driven solution scheme for two-stage decision-making problems under uncertainty. The proposed scheme is amenable to standard off-the-shelf optimization solvers and yields high quality solutions with attractive out-of-sample performance guarantees.

Grani Hanasusanto, assistant professor of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, has been selected to receive a 2018 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award totaling $500,000 from the National Science Foundation. This award was designed to support early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

The Decision Analysis Special Recognition Award is given annually for the paper most worthy of recognition published in the Decision Analysis journal for the current year. 

Operations Research and Industrial Engineering assistant professor Ben Leibowicz, whose research interests include energy economics, technological change and energy and climate policy analysis, offered his thoughts on the potential harm that shared autonomous vehicles could have on the environment and suggestions for how policymakers and policies can regulate these vehicles to reduce the harm. His op-ed was published in the Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 29.

The last academic year was a banner year for the INFORMS Student Chapter in the Operations Research and Industrial Engineering program at The University of Texas at Austin, which received the INFORMS Annual Magna Cum Laude Award. This is the second highest award given to five select student chapters, chosen from hundreds of universities across the world, for their outstanding participation and performance during the last academic year.