Awards & Teaching

Distinctions & Awards

  • INFORMS Fellow: selected to be an INFORMS Fellow for Lifetime Achievement, Class 2016.
  • MSOM Distinguished Fellow: selected to be an MSOM Society Distinguished Fellow for Lifetime Achievement in the area of Operations, Class 2021.
  • William F. Pounds Chair: September 2009 -present.
  • Sloan Career Development Chair (July 2002-July 2004) and Spencer Standish Chair (July 2004-June 2007).
  • PECASE Award (Presidential Early Career Award): awarded by the office of the President of the United States for Science and Technology and the CAREER Award, NSF. Period 2000-2005.
  • 2019 Best Operations Management Paper in Management Science Award from the MSOM Society of INFORMS for the paper entitled “The Impact of Demand Uncertainty on Consumer Subsidies for Green Technology Adoption” co-authored with M. Cohen and R. Lobel. (This award honors the best paper published in the prior three years in Management Science.)
  • Honorable Mention for the same paper in the 2019 ENRE (Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment Section of INFORMS) for the Best Publication Award on the topic of Environment and Sustainability.
  • First Place: 3rd Applied Research Challenge for work with J&J, (paper with L. Baardman, I. Levin and D. Singhvi) POMS Conference May 2018.
  • First Place: ICSS Best Paper Award in the Service Science Conference for the work on COVID-19, August 2021.
  • First prize in the Best Application of Theory Award at the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute 2015 conference in Cambridge, MA, for her paper with M. Cohen, Z. Leung, K. Panchamgam and A. Smith entitled: “Promotion Planning through an Optimization Lens; From Theory to Practice”.
  • First prize in the Best Student Paper Competition at the POM Supply Chain Section, May 2015 for her paper entitled “Competition and Externalities in Green Technology Adoption”, (with M. Cohen and C. Thraves).
  • First prize in the Best Student Paper Competition at the INFORMS Service Science Section for her paper with M. Cohen, Z. Leung, K. Panchamgam and A. Smith entitled: “The Impact of Optimization on Promotion Planning”, (awarded at the INFORMS conference Fall 2014).
  • Invited Tutorial Speaker at the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference, Spring 2016 and at the INFORMS Conference, Fall 2015.
  • First Place Winners with LGO Program at the UPS George Smith Prize, INFORMS Practice Conference, Boston, Spring 2014.
  • First prize in the 2018 Best Student Paper Competition at the POM Supply Chain Section for her paper with L. Baardman, I. Levin and D. Singhvi.
  • First place in the 2018 INFORMS Service Science Section Best Paper Award Competition for her paper with Tamar Cohen-Hillel and Kiran Panchamgam.
  • First prize in the 2019 Best Student Paper Competition at the POM Supply Chain Section, for the paper with L. Baardman, S. Borjian, T. Cohen-Hillel and K. Panchamgam.
  • First place in the INFORMS Service Science Section Best Paper Award Competition for her paper with P. Harsha and A. Papush, Fall 2017.
  • First prize in the INFORMS Service Science Section Best Paper Award Competition for her paper with L. Baardman, M. Cohen, K. Panchamgam, D. Segev, Fall 2016.
  • First prize in the Best Application of Theory Award at the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute 2015 conference in Cambridge, MA, for her paper with M. Cohen, Z. Leung, K. Panchamgam and A. Smith entitled: “Promotion Planning through an Optimization Lens; From Theory to Practice”.
  • First prize in the Best Student Paper Competition at the POM Supply Chain Section, May 2015 for her paper entitled “Competition and Externalities in Green Technology Adoption”, (with M. Cohen and C. Thraves).
  • First prize in the Best Student Paper Competition at the INFORMS Service Science Section for her paper with M. Cohen, Z. Leung, K. Panchamgam and A. Smith entitled: “The Impact of Optimization on Promotion Planning”, (awarded at the INFORMS conference Fall 2014).
  • First Place with LGO Program at the UPS George Smith Prize, INFORMS Practice Conference, Boston, Spring 2014.
  • First Prize in the 2012 Best Paper Award of the INFORMS Service Science Section, for the paper entitled “Business Analytics for Flexible Resource Allocation under Random Emergencies” co-authored with her PhD student Joline Uichanco and LGO student Sid Balwani and industry collaborators.
  • Listed among the seven favorite professors of EMBAs in 2019 from Poets & Quants.
  • Teacher of the Year Award at MIT Sloan Spring 2017 (awarded to the best teacher in MIT Sloan School, nominated by the students,) 2016-2017
  • Jamieson Prize, Excellence in Teaching, MIT Sloan, Spring 2014.
  • Samuel M. Seegal Award 2012, for inspiring students for achieving excellence.
  • Graduate Student Council Teaching Award: May 2002, given each year to one professor from each school at MIT, for excellence in teaching a graduate level course.
  • Invited Tutorial Speaker at the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference, Spring 2016 and at the INFORMS Conference, Fall 2015.
  • Plenary Speaker for the MOPTA Conference (Modeling and Optimization: Theory and Applications, annual international conference in Optimization held in Canada), held this year at University of Guelph, Ontario Canada, August 2008.
  • Second Prize in the 2011 Best Paper Award of the INFORMS Service Science Section, for the paper entitled “Congestion Pricing for Service Industries” co-authored with her PhD student Wei Sun.
  • Second Place (Honorable Mention) in the 2021 4rth MSOM Practice-Based Competition for my work with the Wayfair (paper with Ankit Mangal, Stefan Poninghaus from Wayfair as well as from MIT Divya Singhvi and Omar Skali Lami) MSOM Conference, June 2021.
  • Second Place (Honorable Mention) in the 2019 3rd MSOM Practice-Based Competition for my work with the Oracle Retail Business Unit (paper with L. Baardman, S. Borjian, T. Cohen-Hillel and Kiran Panchamgam) MSOM Conference, June 2019.
  • Second place in the 2021 INFORMS Doing Good with Good OR Competition for the work with her students on COVID-19 prediction, prevalence and vaccine distribution.
  • Second Place: in the 2021 in the INFORMS Service Science Section Best Student Paper Award for the paper on the Multi-Peak SEIRD Model for COVID-19.
  • Second place in the 2019 INFORMS Service Science Best Paper Award for her paper with H. Bastani, P. Harsha and D. Singhvi.
  • Honorable mention in the 2019 Best Student Paper Competition at the POM Supply Chain Section for her paper with H. Bastani, P. Harsha and D. Singhvi.
  • Honorable mention in the 2019 Best Student Paper Competition at the POM Supply Chain Section for her paper with Melvyn Sim, Qinshen Tang, and Peng Xiong.
  • Honorable mention at the 2018 POM HK best student paper competition for her paper with Melvyn Sim, Qinshen Tang, and Peng Xiong.
  • Honorable mention Anna Papush (who graduated May 2018) for her PhD thesis from the INFORMS Revenue Management & Pricing Section, Fall 2018.
  • Honorable Mention in the 2007 Best Paper Award of the Transportation Science & Logistics Society of INFORMS, for her paper co-authored with her former PhD student (currently on the faculty at the Anderson School of Business in UCLA), entitled: "An Analytical Model for Traffic Delays and the Dynamic User Equilibrium Problem", Operations Research, 54(6): 1151-1171. November-December 2006.
  • Finalist: in the 2021 Best Paper Award in the Public Section OR Section (PSOR) for the work on COVID-19 prediction, prevalence and vaccine distribution at the INFORMS Conference.
  • Finalist in the 2019 INFORMS Service Science Best Paper Award for her paper with L. Baardman, S. Borjian, T. Cohen-Hillel, and K. Panchamgam.
  • Finalist in the 2019 INFORMS Social Media Analytics Section, Best Student Paper Award for her paper with L. Baardman, S. Borjian, T. Cohen-Hillel, and K. Panchamgam.
  • Her students Lennart Baardman and Elaheh Fata were finalists for 2019 INFORMS IBM Service Science Best Student Paper Award for a paper also joint with A. Pani and herself.
  • Her student Elisabeth Paulson was a finalist for 2019 INFORMS IBM Service Science Best Student Paper Award for a paper joint with R. Levi and herself.
  • Finalist in the 2019 3rd MSOM Practice-Based Competition for her work with Stubhub (paper with M. Alley, M. Biggs, R. Hariss, C. Herman and M. Li) MSOM Conference, June 2019.
  • Finalist for the 2019 JD.com practice based competition at POM for her paper with L. Baardman, S. Borjian, T. Cohen-Hillel and Kiran Panchamgam.
  • Finalist for the 2019 CBOM Best Student Paper Competition at POM, for her paper with T. Cohen-Hillel and Kiran Panchamgam.
  • Finalist in the 2018 INFORMS Service Science Section Best Student Paper Competition, for her paper with L. Baardman, I. Levin and D. Singhvi.
  • Her PhD students Lennart Baardman and Elaheh Fata were finalists for the Nicholson Best student competition for their joint paper, at INFORMS, Fall 2018.
  • Her paper with M. Biggs was finalist at INFORMS Service Science Section Best Paper Award Competition, Fall 2017.
  • Her paper with C. Thraves, was finalist at INFORMS Service Science Section Best Paper Award Competition, Fall 2016.
  • Finalist at the INFORMS Service Science Section Best Student Paper Award Competition, for her paper with S. Gupta, Fall 2016.
  • Finalist at the INFORMS Best Case Competition for the case she wrote on the Analytics of Promotion Planning with M. Cohen, Fall 2016.
  • Finalist in the Practice Award of the INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section, with my work on Promotion Planning with the Oracle Retail Business Unit (presented at Columbia University) June 2015.
  • Finalists with LGO Program at the UPS George Smith Prize, INFORMS Practice Conference, San Antonio Texas, Spring 2013.
  • Adobe Faculty Award, Fall 2017, Fall 2018.
  • Wayfair Faculty Award, Fall 2018.
  • IBM Faculty Award twice, in 2015-16 and in 2016-17.
  • Nice NSF Awards: 1993-1996, 1996-1999, 2000-2005, 2006-2009, 2007-2011, 2008-2011, 2008-2011, 2012-2016, 2016-2019 (see also Project Experience-Grants Section)
  • MIT Energy Initiative Seed Fund and Fellowship: awarded to PhD students for research, 2011-2013
  • Charles Reed Faculty Initiative Award: 2000-2001 for innovative research by the Institute,
  • UTRC Award: New York University Transportation Research Consortium and DOT, 2005-2006
  • UTC Award: New England University Transportation Research Consortium, 2000-2001.
  • E-Business Vision Fund Award: 2000-2001 (through the E-Business Center)
  • Annual Prize in Mathematics, in memory of Stella Dafermos: Brown University, 1991
  • Applied Mathematics Fellowship: Brown University, 1987-1988.
  • Fellowship, Greek National Science Foundation: for undergraduate students, 1984
  • Third Place, Greek National Mathematical Olympiad: for high school students, 1983
  • Third Place, Greek National Mathematical Olympiad: for high school students, 1982

 

Subjects Taught

  • Spring 2022, Spring 2021, Spring 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2013, two sections of the course 15.730, “Data, Models and Decisions”, for the Executive MBA program at the Sloan School of Management, MIT.
  • Fall 2021, Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Teaching off load Leadership and Integrative Management for EMBAs, week intensive module.
  • Fall 2020, Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Session in EMBA Orientation.
  • Spring 2021, Fall 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Lectures in EMBA Preview Workshop Weekend.
  • Fall 2016, 15.060, “Data, Models and Decisions”, Sloan School of Management, MIT (lead faculty).
  • Fall 2015, 15.099, “Readings in Optimization” – Applications of Operations Research in Choice and Assortment Problems.
  • Fall 2014, 15.099, “Readings in Optimization – Applications of Operations Research in Social Networks” (with Tauhid Zaman).
  • Spring 2012, Co-taught with R. Freund the course 15.730, “Data, Models and Decisions”, for the Executive MBA program at the Sloan School of Management, MIT.
  • Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009, 2008, 2006, Fall 2004, Fall 2003, Fall 2001, Fall 2000, Fall 1999, Fall 1998 (taught two sections each semester), 15.060, “Data, Models and Decisions”, Sloan School of Management, MIT (lead faculty for the Fall 2001, Fall 2003, Fall 2006, Fall 2008).
  • Fall 2011, Fall 2010 – Ethics Module during SIP period.
  • Spring 2010, Spring 2008, Spring 2002, Spring 2000, 15.084J/6.252J, “Nonlinear Programming”, Sloan School of Management, MIT.
  • Spring 2009, 15.099, “Readings in Optimization – Applications of Operations Research in Electricity Markets”.
  • Fall 2007, 15.081, “Introduction to Mathematical Programming”.
  • Spring 2005, Spring 2004, Spring 2003, 15.071, “Decision Technologies for Managers” (co-taught with A. Barnett).
  • Fall 2003, Fall 2001, Fall 2000, co-taught with D. Bertsimas, 15.093, “Optimization Methods", Sloan School of Management, MIT (distant education class, also part of the Singapore-MIT-Alliance program).
  • Spring 2003, 15.094, “Systems Optimization”, gave several guest lectures, (distant education class, also part of the Singapore-MIT-Alliance program), (R. Freund primary instructor).
  • Fall 2007, 15.099, “Readings in Optimization – Game Theory in Operations”.
  • Fall 2006, 15.099, “Readings in Optimization –Pricing and Revenue Management”.
  • Spring 2005, 15.099, “Readings in Optimization –Price of Anarchy and Applications”.
  • Spring 2003, 15.099, “Readings in Optimization – Robust Optimization and Applications”.
  • Spring 2002, 15.098, "Special Seminar in Applied Probability; Online Auctions", (with D. Bertsimas and J. Gallien).
  • Spring 2001, 15.099, “Readings in Optimization – Applications of Optimization in Problems of Dynamic Nature”, Sloan School of Management, MIT.
  • Spring 2000, 15.099, “Readings in Optimization – Revenue Management”, Sloan School of Management, MIT.