This is a $500 award for the best published paper or report on military operations research topics directly related to the goals of MAS. The award honors the memory of Bernard Koopman (1900-1981), who was a pioneer in the field of operations research. He was active in the founding of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA), later merged with TIMS to form INFORMS, and served as its president in 1956. Dr. Koopman served as an operations research liaison between the U.S. Department of Defense and United Kingdom military establishments and NATO, and played a critical role in making operations research a permanent NATO activity.
The Koopman Prize is awarded annually at the MAS Business meeting during the INFORMS Annual Meeting.