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AAS Best Dissertation Award 2021

  • 1.  AAS Best Dissertation Award 2021

    Posted 22 days ago
    The INFORMS Aviation Applications Section awards a prize for the best dissertation in any area related to aviation Operations Research (including air traffic management Operations Research and/or airline Operations Research). The winner will receive a plaque and an honorarium of $500. Other finalists will receive an honorable mention and a certificate.

    Doctoral dissertations meeting the following criteria are eligible for consideration:

    • Dissertation must be completed and submitted between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021.       
    • Dissertation must be in an area relevant to aviation research or practice.

    To apply, submit the following documents in portable document format (PDF) via email to Dr. Alessandro Bombelli (, the committee chair, before midnight Friday, July 23, 2021:

    • the completed dissertation
    • an extended abstract (4 to 5 pages, single spaced) describing the work and its relevance
    • a letter of nomination from the dissertation supervisor supporting the submission and highlighting the importance of the research
    • a short paper (20 to 25 pages, double spaced) that is based on the dissertation (optional, but welcome)

    Award Committee:
    Dr. Alessandro Bombelli (Delft University of Technology, NL), Chair
    Dr. Mattia Cattaneo (University of Bergamo, IT)
    Dr. Virginie Lurkin (Eindhoven University of Technology, NL)
    Dr. Kai Wang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US)
    Dr. Peng Wei (George Mason University, US)

    Alessandro Bombelli
    Delft University of Technology