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The Section on Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment (ENRE) is organized to:
  • promote the development and application of operations research / management science methods, techniques, and tools to the solution of problems relating to energy, natural resources and/or the environment,
  • encourage the exchange of information among practitioners and users in energy, natural resources, and environmental applications areas, and
  • promote the maintenance of high professional standards in the application of operations research/management science to problem areas in energy, natural resources, and/or the environment.

INFORMS 2020 Annual Meeting @ National Harbor, MD, November 8-11

Cluster Sessions
At every INFORMS Annual Meeting, ENRE organizes and sponsors a number of streams, listed below. Please get in touch with the chairs if you want to contribute a session or talk on a relevant subject at the next INFORMS meeting in 2020!

Environment & Sustainability
Zana  Cranmer, (acranmer@bentley.edu
Destenie Nock,  (dnock@andrew.cmu.edu)

Natural Resources
Jordi Garcia-Gonzalo (j.garcia@ctfc.es)

Energy I – Electricity

Energy II – Energy
 Jalal Kazempoor (seykaz@elektro.dtu.dk)

Energy III - Climate
Benjamin D. Leibowicz (bleibowicz@utexas.edu)

Oil/Gas/Mining
Dimitri Papageorgiou (dimitri.j.papageorgiou@exxonmobil.com
Talayeh Razzaghi (
talayeh.razzaghi@ou.edu)

We would like to express our gratitude towards these dedicated researchers & professionals for providing this important service to our community!


Best Paper Awards
Every year, ENRE awards a number of prizes to recognise outstanding academic contributions in the field of Operations Research & Management Science with applications in energy, natural resources and the environment. Nomination procedures and further details will be announced via the ENRE newsletter and mailing list.

ENRE Student Best Paper 
Committee Chair: Krystel Castillo (Krystel.Castillo@utsa.edu

ENRE Early-Career Best Paper 
Committee Chair: Luce Brotcorne  (Luce.Brotcorne@inria.fr)

ENRE Best Publication – Energy
Committee Co-Chairs:  Golbon Zakeri (g.zakeri@auckland.ac.nz) and Javad Lavaei (lavaei@berkeley.edu)

ENRE Best Publication – Natural Resources
Committee Co-Chairs: Tingju Zhu (tingjuzhu@intl.zju.edu.cn) and Amir Mousavian (smousavi@clarkson.edu)

ENRE Best Publication – Environment and Sustainability
Committee Chair:  Gokce Palak (gpalak@su.edu)


More information and past winners
We would like to congratulate the winners of the Awards in previous years! Read more...

"Society Spotlight" featuring ENRE in OR/MS Tomorrow, the INFORMS Student Magazine
OR-MS-Tomorrow-logo_cardlarge.pngOR/MS Tomorrow, the INFORMS Student Magazine, just published an issue on "Operation Research & Management in Energy and Environment". They feature a "Society Spotlight" article on ENRE laying on the mission and history of our section - and emphasising our commitment to provide an open and welcoming platform for students at the intersection of OR/MS, energy, and the environment!

Our Community

Leadership & Officers

Hayri Önal

President

Miguel F. Anjos

President-elect

Sandra Ekşioğlu

Secretary-Treasurer

Diwas Paudel

Communications & Outreach


Antonio Conejo

Past-President

Sauleh Siddiqui

Past Secretary-Treasurer

Daniel Huppmann

Vignesh Subramanian

Kevin Melendez

Past Communications & Outreach


Read here for more info and contact details...

JOBS OF INTEREST TO ENRE

  • Mississippi State, Mississippi, Position Function: The Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University invites applications for two tenure track, 9-month, assistant professor positions in the area of agricultural and biosystems engineering. Applicants should be clearly committed to excellence in teaching and be able to articulate a prospective research program that has promise for sustainable external funding and national recognition. Candidates with experience and expertise in all areas of agricultural and biosystems engineering will be considered, but those with strengths in sensing, analytics, and/or robotics, particularly with a view to precision agriculture, are preferred. Women, minorities and other under-represented groups are highly encouraged to apply. About the University: The Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering has 16 on-campus faculty and several adjunct/affiliate faculty off-campus within research centers and government agencies, engaged in teaching, research, and extension. The department is co-administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Bagley College of Engineering and offers undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) degrees in three distinct program areas: Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business. Within these programs, the department has over 500 undergraduates and over 30 graduate students. The J. Charles Lee Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building, includes more than 6,000 square feet of state-of-the-art instructional and research facilities, and includes separate labs for sterile tissue culture, biomechanical testing, environmental and agricultural simulation or modeling studies, electronic/robotic design fabrication and testing, fiber processing, GPS/GIS, renewable bio-energy, and student computing resources. More information about the department can be found at http://www.abe.msstate.edu/ . Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Candidates will be expected to teach in the Biological Engineering (BE) and Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business (AETB) curricula, conduct research, and advise undergraduate and graduate students. They must establish a strong record of research, teaching, and service. Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Agricultural, Biological, or Biosystems Engineering, or equivalent in a closely related discipline, as well as excellent verbal and writing skills, are required. Applicant must have a strong commitment to teaching excellence, scholarly production, and grantsmanship and should have the ability to conduct multi-disciplinary collaborative research. How to Apply: Qualified applicants must apply online at www.msujobs.msstate.edu and attach (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, including a list of three professional references complete with current contact information, (3) statement of past, present and future research, including commonly employed technologies, equipment and funding sources (4) statement of teaching philosophy, and (5) official transcripts (any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online). There are two positions. The anticipated appointment date for the first position is January 2021, or as soon as a qualified candidate is identified, and August 16, 2021 for the second position. Screening will begin October 10, 2020. EEO/AA Policy: MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
  • 77056 , Texas, alliantgroup,  LP is currently experiencing explosive growth! As a national consulting firm focused on being the voice to the middle market, our mission is simple: Strengthening American businesses. How do we do this? We hire the brightest talent with the most diverse backgrounds who are passionate about making a difference.   We are in search of  Consultants with Engineering backgrounds  to join the firm! As a Consultant, you will work in a team environment alongside some of the best in the business, including attorneys, accountants, engineers, and scientists to quantify and substantiate cash-generating tax incentives that strengthen American businesses. You will directly benefit clients, and truly affect their bottom line.     Responsibilities:   Identify, quantify, and qualify value-oriented benefits targeting our mid-market clients Act as lead consultant for project teams in a collaborative environment Build strong service-oriented relationships with clients in the Engineering Industry and related fields Travel to client site locations to identify and assess qualified activities and emerging technical advancements in the company’s field substantiate and present findings to company owners and executives Learn and apply legal principles to complex technical analyses     conduct technical interviews to identify and gather relevant documentation to best substantiate quantitative analysis Review engineering and design documents to produce technical reports for clients       Requirements:  4-year degree required Excellent written and verbal communication skills Strong analytical, research and organizational skills Ability to articulate and relay information in an effective and efficient manner High sense of urgency, with the ability to meet deadlines  Proficiency with Excel and Microsoft suite of products Professional Engineering license is a plus 
  • Washington, D.C., Overview The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) is a congressionally chartered, Federally Funded Research and Development Center operated by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). STPI provides independent analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal departments and agencies on science and technology (S&T) policy issues. The STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program provides recent bachelor’s or master’s degree recipients a unique opportunity to use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on a diverse set of challenges in S&T policy areas, including space sciences, innovation and competitiveness, energy, health and life sciences, national security, biotechnology, information technologies, and STEM education. Responsibilities Fellows will work with teams of researchers to support a wide variety of S&T policy-related tasks. Duties may include conducting survey-based and interview-based research, database development, use of data visualization tools, use of statistical techniques, and other qualitative and quantitative methods to perform project-driven policy analysis. Fellows will have an opportunity to work on one independent research project that will contribute to the scientific, technical, or policy literature. Over the course of the two-year program, experiences will include: Participation in analyses that support tasking from Federal Government policymakers Interaction with OSTP and other Federal science agency personnel Involvement in workshops and discussions on relevant topics Mentorship from members of the STPI research staff Training on specific analytical methods and tools Attendance and presentation at select professional society meetings Qualifications This is a full time position and is only open to recent recipients of a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Candidates with degrees higher than a master’s degree will not be considered. Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree conferred between May 2018 and July 2020. Candidates with degrees in engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, computer science, mathematical sciences, statistics, and learning sciences are encouraged to apply. Candidates should possess a strong interest in science and technology policy, although previous policy experience is not required. Candidates must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, and will be asked to give a 30-minute presentation on a topic to be assigned during a group interview. Ideal candidates are able to contribute to and support team efforts.   Application Materials To be considered for this fellowship opportunity, interested candidates must follow a two-step process: Apply using the link below. Submit via email to  STPI-Fellow@ida.org the following documents: Personal Statement— explain in 1,000 words or less why you want to work in the area of science and technology policy and how your background/experience will contribute to STPI’s work Writing Sample—5,000 word maximum Transcripts—unofficial transcript is acceptable for consideration, but an official transcript is needed before any offer of employment will be made Two Letters of Academic Recommendation—letters must be signed by the individual rendering the reference and delivered as PDF files. Letters can also be sent directly to STPI-Fellow@ida.org by the recommender. Ensure the application and supporting materials are submitted no later than January 19, 2021.
  • Washington, D.C., Overview The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) is a congressionally chartered, Federally Funded Research and Development Center operated by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). STPI provides independent analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal departments and agencies on science and technology (S&T) policy issues. The STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program provides recent bachelor’s or master’s degree recipients a unique opportunity to use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on a diverse set of challenges in S&T policy areas, including space sciences, innovation and competitiveness, energy, health and life sciences, national security, biotechnology, information technologies, and STEM education. Responsibilities Fellows will work with teams of researchers to support a wide variety of S&T policy-related tasks. Duties may include conducting survey-based and interview-based research, database development, use of data visualization tools, use of statistical techniques, and other qualitative and quantitative methods to perform project-driven policy analysis. Fellows will have an opportunity to work on one independent research project that will contribute to the scientific, technical, or policy literature. Over the course of the two-year program, experiences will include: Participation in analyses that support tasking from Federal Government policymakers Interaction with OSTP and other Federal science agency personnel Involvement in workshops and discussions on relevant topics Mentorship from members of the STPI research staff Training on specific analytical methods and tools Attendance and presentation at select professional society meetings Qualifications This is a full time position and is only open to recent recipients of a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Candidates with degrees higher than a master’s degree will not be considered. Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree conferred between May 2018 and July 2020. Candidates with degrees in engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, computer science, mathematical sciences, statistics, and learning sciences are encouraged to apply. Candidates should possess a strong interest in science and technology policy, although previous policy experience is not required. Candidates must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, and will be asked to give a 30-minute presentation on a topic to be assigned during a group interview. Ideal candidates are able to contribute to and support team efforts.   Application Materials To be considered for this fellowship opportunity, interested candidates must follow a two-step process: Apply using the link below. Submit via email to  STPI-Fellow@ida.org the following documents: Personal Statement— explain in 1,000 words or less why you want to work in the area of science and technology policy and how your background/experience will contribute to STPI’s work Writing Sample—5,000 word maximum Transcripts—unofficial transcript is acceptable for consideration, but an official transcript is needed before any offer of employment will be made Two Letters of Academic Recommendation—letters must be signed by the individual rendering the reference and delivered as PDF files. Letters can also be sent directly to STPI-Fellow@ida.org by the recommender. Ensure the application and supporting materials are submitted no later than January 19, 2021.
  • Roseville, California, FINAL FILING DATE:                        We are accepting applications until closing at 5 pm, September 29, 2020.   IT IS MANDATORY THAT YOU COMPLETE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE. YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE REJECTED IF YOU DO NOT PROVIDE ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION .   THE POSITION The Human Resources Department is accepting applications for the Regular and full-time position of Electric Resources Analyst I in the Electric Department.  The normal work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 am –5:00 pm; a flex schedule may be available.   The City of Roseville promotes a no smoking atmosphere.   THE CITY The City of Roseville (COR) incorporates the following Core Competencies as part of the City’s culture: Focus on people: Develop and deliver service-oriented solutions that meet or exceed expectations. Build trust: Ensure honesty and integrity to gain confidence and support of others. Ensure accountability: Take responsibility for the outcomes of one’s own work and foster a sense of ownership in others. Communicate effectively: Deliver clear, concise messages and actively listen to ideas and questions. Collaborate inclusively: Build effective working partnerships, alliances, and teams. Make quality decisions: Make sound, timely decisions and recommendations. Be adaptable/agile: Change approach or methods to best fit the situation and effectively balance competing priorities.   DEFINITION To perform complex professional analytical work related to planning, evaluating, procuring, administering, and managing the risk associated with the Electric Utility Department’s supply resources.   DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS This is the entry level class in the Electric Resources Analyst series.  This class is distinguished from the journey level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under general supervision while learning job tasks.   SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED Receives general supervision from an assigned supervisor; may receive technical and functional supervision from an Electric Resources Analyst II.   EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Identify current and future load/resource balances; prepare analysis and recommendations for electricity and natural gas purchases/sales to maximize portfolio value while remaining within City risk management policies. Conduct detailed energy resource planning studies and provide analysis of electricity and natural gas market price trends and data. Ensure program compliance with Federal, State and local laws, rules and regulations. Procure and/or trade Natural Gas, Electricity, Green House Gas allowance and other commodities in accordance with City policies and State and Federal mandates. Prepare, analyze, negotiate, and administer power supply and natural gas contracts and agreements; prepare requests for proposals and evaluate technical, economic, and regulatory feasibility of contracts and projects. Optimize the City’s power supply portfolio by identifying, analyzing, and assessing market trends and costs and making appropriate recommendations regarding short-term and long-term strategic planning; maintain electricity and natural gas price risk management program and propose improvements. Develop, modify, maintain, and use computer based models related to power production costs, current market transactions, forecasts of need and supply; and anticipated procurement costs; validate model assumptions and address needed changes in the model planning process, and software installation/maintenance, as appropriate. Represent the City’s electric utility interests to a variety of organizations and agencies on power resource planning, including pooling, contracts, transmission lines, market re-design, and regulatory compliance and changes. Research, follow, and make recommendations regarding proposed legislation, regulatory changes, litigation, power supply contracts, energy transactions, and current trends such as greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, that affect the City’s position in the energy market. Assist in budget preparation and financial planning by compiling data, preparing and creating financial models and forecasts; prepare financial reports. Coordinate with other divisions and City departments and outside organizations and agencies regarding the City’s power supply resources. Intervene and/or support intervention during the development of legislation or regulations consistent with the interests of the City. Prepare written analysis of complex data for use by City decision makers; prepare and make oral presentations related to the department’s supply resources. Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures. Participate in and/or manage special projects, as assigned. Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service. Perform related duties as assigned. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS   Knowledge of: Principles and practices of mathematical and statistical analysis and modeling. Principles and methods of decision analysis, including cost/benefit analysis. Techniques of data analysis and related software and computer interfacing. Basic program and project management and contract administration. Modern office systems and equipment, including specialized computer applications for forecasting and modeling. Technical report writing procedures and techniques.   Ability to: Perform complex professional analytical work related to planning, evaluating, procuring, and managing the risk associated with electric power supply resources. On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policy and procedures. On a continuous basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift or carry weight of 10 pounds or less. Learn gas and electric utility and related financial transaction terms, pricing, and settlements. Learn gas and electric market mechanics and analysis and power plant operating parameters and limitations. Learn power systems optimization methodologies, including related software programs. Learn pertinent local, State, and Federal laws, ordinances and rules. Learn polices and procedure of the Electric Utility Department. Present complex and technical information in writing and orally to a wide variety of audiences. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.   Experience and Training   Experience: One year of energy resource planning experience related to analysis of supply and procurement, portfolio administration and/or associated risk management in an electric utility or two years of experience performing analysis related to load forecasting, electric utility industry financial analysis, wholesale/retail rate design, or related analysis for an electric utility.   Training: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with major course work in business administration, public administration, economics, engineering, mathematics or a related field.   AND   License or Certificate Possession of a valid California driver’s license by date of appointment. Please visit our jobs page at www.roseville.ca.us/jobs to apply for this position.