Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards (incl. selected awards to advisees as noted)  underlining indicates students I advised or co-advised

  • 2020 Elected President of INFORMs Health Applications Society (HAS) • VP 2019 • Past Pres. 2021
  • 2019 Vinod Sahney Distinguished Lecture on Health Systems Innovation, Northeastern University
  • Honorable mention, IISE Transactions 2019 best applications paper in operations engineering and analytics for “Surgery Scheduling with Recovery Resources,” Bam, M., B.T. Denton, and M.P. Van Oyen.
  • First Place, Best Paper Award: Coauthor of paper that won by unanimous selection by the journal’s editors the best paper in the MSOM journal among all published in the prior three years (2013-2015): Saghafian, S., W. Hopp, M.P. Van Oyen, J.S. Desmond, and S. Kronick, Complexity-Augmented Triage: A Tool for Improving Patient Safety and Operational Efficiency, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM), 16:3, (2014) 329-45.
  • Won the 2016 Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM) Best Published Paper award of Service Special Interest Group (SIG)
  • First Place, Best Paper Award, 2016 College of Healthcare Operations Management of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), for “Dynamic Personalized Monitoring and Treatment Control of Glaucoma,” Kazemian, J. Helm, Mariel Lavieri, Joshua Stein, Mark Van Oyen.
    • Advisee Pooyan Kazemian earned finalist standing in the 2015 IBM service science competition; plus, an earlier version was a Finalist presentation in competition for Decision Analysis Society (DAS) of INFORMS DAS Practice Award at 2014 INFORMS Conference
  • Co-author and academic co-advisor to Maya Bam, winner of the 2015 INFORMS Best Poster Award for “Surgery Scheduling with Recovery Resources” in both the Interactive Poster Competition and the Minority Issues Forum Poster Competition.
  • (Co-author) SMDM 2013 Lee Lusted Student 1st Prize for Quantitative Methods and Theoretical Developments (awarded to J. Schell, National, open to international applications – Mentoring role, Baltimore 2013) for “Comparison of Control Algorithms for Scheduling Testing Visits,” work with M.S. Lavieri, J.E. Helm, M.P. Van Oyen, D.C. Musch, and J.D. Stein.
  • 2nd Place Best Paper Award, 2013 POMS College of Healthcare Operations Management of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), “Operational Planning Models with Service Pathways: Project Portfolio for Phase 1 Trials,” by Deglise-Hawkinson, B.J. Roessler, and M.P. Van Oyen.
  • Honorable Mention (Finalist) for Best Student Paper Award: 2013 POMS Supply Chain College, “Compensating for Dynamic Supply Disruptions with Backup Flexibility,” by advisee Saghafian and M.P. Van Oyen.
  • Advisor and mentor to Pooyan Kazemian, 2013 Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services, First Prize – INFORMS. For the greatest potential to make a significant contribution to the field of applied Operations Research in health care
  • First prize: 2012 INFORMS Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM) Best Student Paper Award to Ph.D. student advisee Soroush Saghafian for “Complexity-Based Triage: A Tool for Improving Patient Safety and Operational Efficiency,” with Wallace Hopp, Mark Van Oyen, Jeffrey Desmond, and Steven Kronick.
  • First prize in the 2012 Doing Good with Good OR Prize, INFORMS Society, awarded to students Helm (PhD advisee) and G. Schell (mentored student) for the paper “Dynamic Monitoring of Chronic Disease” and related research performed jointly with Mariel Lavieri, Mark Van Oyen, and two members from the Kellogg Eye Institute, Joshua Stein, M.D. and David Musch.
  • Finalist for Best Paper Award 2012, College of Healthcare Operations Management of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), “Malaria Treatment Distribution in Developing World Health Systems and Application to Malawi,” Parvin, H., S. AhmadBeygi, J.E. Helm, S. Larson, and M.P. Van Oyen.
  • Top 5 Finalist in the 2011 Doing Good with Good OR Prize, INFORMS Society, awarded to Saghafian for “Complexity-Based Triage: A Tool for Improving Patient Safety and Operational Efficiency,” co-authored with W.J. Hopp, M.P. Van Oyen, S. Kronick, and J. Desmond.
  • First Place, Best Paper Award, 2011 College of Healthcare Operations Management of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), “Design and Optimization Methods for Elective Hospital Admissions,”E. Helm and M.P. Van Oyen.
  • Second Place, Best Paper Award, 2011 College of Healthcare Operations Management of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), “Patient Streaming as a Mechanism for Improving Responsiveness in Emergency Departments,” Saghafian, W.J. Hopp, M.P. Van Oyen, J. Desmond, and S. Kronick.
  • 2011 Pierskalla Award for Best Paper in healthcare management science, from the Health Applications Section of the INFORMS Society in Nov. 2010 for “Patient Streaming as a Mechanism for Improving Responsiveness in Emergency Departments,” Saghafian, W.J. Hopp, M.P. Van Oyen, J. Desmond, and S. Kronick.
  • IOE Department Award for 2008-2009 in recognition for high impact accomplishments benefiting the Department and the College of Engineering.
  • 2009 POMS Society Top 4 finalist in Best Paper Competition. “The Value of Flexible Backup Suppliers and Disruption Risk Information: Newsvendor Analyses with Recourse,” by Saghafian and M.P. Van Oyen.
  • Elected Vice-chair of Dean’s Advisory Committee, Loyola School of Business Administration, Fall 2004.
  • Researcher of the Year Award for 2002-2003 from Loyola University Chicago School of Business Administration.
  • 2001 Top Six Finalist for MSOM Best Student Paper Award, paper co-authored with Ph.D. student Eylem Tekin and Wally Hopp.
  • Best Paper Award for IIE Transactions focus issue in Operations Engineering for 2000-2001. Kim and M.P. Van Oyen, Finite-capacity multi-class production scheduling with setup times, IIE Transactions, 32:9, (2000) 807–818.
  • Selected as a Loyola University Chicago Faculty Mentor (F 04 – Smr 05)
  • Elected to INFORMS Applied Probability Council (1997 – 1999)
  • ALCOA Manufacturing Systems Faculty Fellow (awarded 1997)
  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Fellowship (1991)
  • The University of Michigan Regents Fellowship (1987–1990)
  • Calvin College: Salutatorian (Rank 2 of 967)
  • High School: Valedictorian, Harvard Book Award, American Chemistry Society Award, Economics Club of Grand Rapids Award of 1st and 3rd prizes ’81 and ’82.