Assistant professor Evdokia Nikolova has received a National Science Foundation grant for her work on algorithms and mechanisms for the distribution grid. The goal of this project is to “help the distribution grid and its participants transition from its current functionality of serving mostly traditional consumers, to the future grid that needs to sustainably integrate prosumers, renewables and distributed energy resources.”

In keeping with the annual tradition, the ORIE faculty hosted student potluck dinners during the fall and spring semesters. Both events were organized by the INFORMS Student Chapter and attended by faculty members, students, and their family and friends. The fall potluck was hosted in a park where faculty and students were able to flaunt their culinary skills and bond over multiple games of basketball. The spring potluck was hosted at Prof. Ross Baldick's ranch, where everyone was able to hike and splash in the creek. Both events were great fun and very Texas!

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 what U.S. cities can do to continue fighting climate change in the wake of the country's recent withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. His op-ed was published in Fortune on June 13.

The Operations Research and Industrial Engineering (ORIE) graduate program in the Cockrell School of Engineering hosted an ORIE Open House on April 17, 2017, that featured a student poster session, an overview of ORIE research areas, networking with industry professionals and the launch of a new Center for Engineering and Decision Analytics, a new industrial affiliates program. Over 70 people attended.

INFORMS, the national professional association for operations research, has awarded its 2017 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research to Holiday Retirement in partnership with Prorize LLC, a revenue management firm that was founded in 2006 by University of Texas at Austin Operations Research & Industrial Engineering program alumnus Dr. Utku Yildirim and former instructor Dr. Ahmet Kuyumcu.