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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.

2022 INFORMS Annual Meeting @ Indianapolis, IN, October 16-19, 2022

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 2022!

Environment & Sustainability
     Arzum Akkas (aakkas@bu.edu)

Forestry and Natural Resources
     
Erin Belval (erin.belval@usda.gov)

Energy I – Electricity
     Jacob Mays (jacobmays@cornell.edu)

Energy II – Energy
     Luce Brotcorne (luce.brotcorne@inria.fr)

Energy III - Climate
     Kristen Schell (KristenSchell@cunet.carleton.ca)



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: Feng Qiu (fqiu@anl.gov)

ENRE Young Researcher Prize
Committee Chair: Verena Hagspiel (verena.hagspiel@ntnu.no)

ENRE Best Publication – Energy
Committee Chair: Jalal Kazempour (seykaz@dtu.dk

ENRE Best Publication – Natural Resources
Committee Chair: Gökçe Palak (gpalak@su.edu )

ENRE Best Publication – Environment and Sustainability
Committee Chair: Hongyue Ji (hjin@arizona.edu)


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Hotelling Medal:
Committee Chair: Alexandra Newman (anewman@mines.edu)

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DEADLINES FOR 2022 

Cluster chairs to invite sessions chairs         March 14, 2022

Session chairs to invite speakers                  May 2, 2022

Presenters to enter abstracts                        May 16, 2022

Nomination for Harold Hotelling Medal for Lifetime Achievement in ENRE : May 15, 2022



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

President : Miguel F. Anjos

President-elect : Sandra Ekşioğlu

Secretary-Treasurer : Benjamin D. Leibowicz

Communications & Outreach : Diwas Paudel




Past-Presidents : 

Antonio Conejo

Hayri Önal

Past Secretary-Treasurers:

Sauleh Siddiqui

Sandra Ekşioğlu

Past Communications & Outreach:

Daniel Huppmann

Vignesh Subramanian

Kevin Melendez




Read here for more info and contact details...

JOBS OF INTEREST TO ENRE

  • STREETSBORO, Ohio, Berry Global is now seeking a Corporate Automation Engineer to serve the Containers Business unit.  The selected candidate will play a key role in supporting new capital projects from concept to completion. The projects may range in size from $50,000 to $10MM in scope with an emphasis on large scale “End of Line” automation. This position will have shared responsibilities in multiple plants.    **Preferred location is in or near Kansas**   Compensation Package includes: · Competitive base salary · Bonus opportunity · Medical/Dental/Vision · 401k · Paid Vacation and Holidays · Career progression opportunities and more!   Responsibilities Monitor and apply safety standards to maintain a safe working environment. Work with corporate and plant teams to develop detailed scope of work for system solutions. Lead project management efforts from scope development through system delivery. Provide electrical/mechanical installation support and technical expertise during new project launches. Provide technical support on current and future continuous improvement projects. Create training instructions and standard operating procedures for use in equipment implementation. Train production and maintenance departments on use and maintenance of new equipment. Responsible for adherence to all company, industry, and regulatory procedures. Responsible for participating in post project review. **Preferred location is in or near Kansas** Qualifications Associates degree in Technical field or Equivalent experience. Effective and concise communication skills. Motivated, self-starter, with a willingness to lead and grow. Personable, with the ability to effectively interact and communicate with Corporate Engineers and plant personnel. Prior project management experience. Organized and detail oriented individual with prior ISO compliance experience. Reasoning, analytical, and problem solving skills. Ability to work well in a goal oriented, team environment. Ideal candidate will have controls and mechanical hands-on experience. Strong working knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems. Project management/organizational skills with proven ability to handle multiple tasks effectively. Experience in end-of-line automation in Injection, Thermoforming and/or Blow molding. Experience in PLC, motion controls, and vision inspection control platforms. Experience with plant CAD design layout and/or 3D modeling. Ability to work independently and in a team environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Domestic travel (up to approximately 50%). **Preferred location is in or near Kansas**   #LI-HLO Apply for this job online Email this job to a friend   Share on your newsfeed   We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
  • Evansville, Illinois, Berry Global is seeking 3 Automation Engineers for the Closures, Bottles and Specialties Team, with a location preference of Evansville, IN; Baltimore, MD; Libertyville, IL; Woodstock, IL; or Hot Springs, AR. Other locations will be considered within the Midwest or East Coast. The selected candidates will play a key role in supporting new capital projects from concept to completion. The projects may range in size from $50,000 to $10MM in scope with an emphasis on large scale “End of Line” automation. This position will have shared responsibilities in multiple plants. Ideal candidates will have controls and mechanical hands-on experience.   Compensation Package includes: · Competitive base salary · Bonus opportunity · Medical/Dental/Vision · 401k · Paid Vacation and Holidays · Career progression opportunities and more!   Responsibilities Monitor and apply safety standards to maintain a safe working environment. Work with corporate and plant teams to develop detailed scope of work for system solutions. Lead project management efforts from scope development through system delivery. Provide electrical/mechanical installation support and technical expertise during new project launches. Provide technical support on current and future continuous improvement projects. Create training instructions and standard operating procedures for use in equipment implementation. Train production and maintenance departments on use and maintenance of new equipment. Responsible for adherence to all company, industry, and regulatory procedures. Responsible for participating in post project review. Qualifications Associates degree in Technical field or Equivalent experience. Experience in end-of-line automation in Injection, Thermoforming and/or Blow molding. Experience in PLC, motion controls, and vision inspection control platforms. Experience with plant CAD design layout and/or 3D modeling. Strong working knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems. Prior project management experience. Effective and concise communication skills, verbal and written. Motivated, self-starter, with a willingness to lead and grow. Personable, with the ability to effectively interact and communicate with Corporate Engineers and plant personnel. Organized and detail-oriented individual with prior ISO compliance experience. Reasoning, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Ability to work independently and in a team environment to reach shared goals. Travel up to 50% #li-hlo Apply for this job online Email this job to a friend   Share on your newsfeed   We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
  • Evansville, Illinois, Compensation Package includes: · Competitive base salary · Bonus opportunity · Medical/Dental/Vision · 401k · Paid Vacation and Holidays · Career progression opportunities and more!   PURPOSE: The Controls Engineering Manager will lead a team of engineers, planning and overseeing all aspects of the control systems design, development and commissioning processes, ensuring on-time and in-budget delivery. The ideal candidate will play a key role in the successful conceptualization, development and completion of custom automated solutions ranging in scale from $50k to $5million. Responsibilities • Monitor, apply and enforce safety standards to maintain a safe working environment • Foster an inclusive and positive working environment by monitoring team performance, providing constructive direction and ensuring team member’s success. • Maintain, track and report on performance of the controls engineering team against all performance metrics. • Drive innovation and growth through out of the box thinking, open mindedness and collaboration. • Work with project execution team on project scheduling, team member loading and workload forecasting. • Develop, maintain and ensure compliance with all Controls team standards. • Serve as subject matter expert for the controls engineering team. • Provide engineering and controls support for the conception and development of automated solutions. • Provide leadership and guidance to the controls engineering, technical and field service teams throughout the design and assembly process. • Collaborate with the internal and external engineering teams on system concepts, budgeting and development. • Ensure all team members maintain ISO compliance throughout the engineering process. • Schedule resources and tasks to align with overall project schedules and system deliveries. • Drive continuous improvement by identifying opportunities throughout the design, development and build process and provide plans for correction. Qualifications • Associates degree in Technical field or Equivalent experience. • Motivated, self-starter, with a willingness to teach and lead. • Skilled communicator with the ability to develop quality interpersonal relationships. • Must be detail oriented and organized. • Prior experience with system controls engineering. • Experience with 2D CAD; Eplan, AutoCad, etc. • Extensive knowledge of electrical controls design. • Extensive knowledge of graphical interface design. • Extensive knowledge of machine control software design. • Extensive knowledge of multi-axis robotic programming and configuration. • Reasoning, analytical, and problem solving skills. • Ability to work well in a goal oriented, team environment.   DESIRED SKILLS: • Prior project management experience. • Prior team management experience. Apply for this job online Email this job to a friend   Share on your newsfeed   We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD Missouri River Energy Services is a joint action agency supporting our 60 member municipalities that own and operate their own electric distribution systems. We are dedicated to  supplying our members with reliable, cost effective, long term energy and energy services in a fiscally  responsible and environmentally effective manner. MRES offers an outstanding work environment demonstrated by our 98% employee retention rate. We provide competitive wages and comprehensive/low  cost benefit package with unique offerings. Learn more about us by viewing our website at  http://www.mrenergy.com. In this position, you will be part of the Energy Scheduling Team who operates on a 24x7 basis. The Energy  scheduler is responsible for: • Monitoring the MRES load and resource positions in electric markets • Evaluating marketing and scheduling options to optimize its market position • Scheduling generation and load requirements • Directing, oversight, and operations of generation resources to meet energy and reliability needs Additional responsibilities include:  • Communicating and interacting with regional transmission organizations such as the Midcontinent  Independent System Operator (MISO) and Southwest Power Pool (SPP), power companies, natural gas  schedulers, and power plant operators on a regular basis.  • Oversight of energy schedule deliveries and market transactions to meet purchase and sales  requirements.  • Oversight of energy accounting and reconciliation as necessary with MISO, SPP and other utilities.  Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  • Outstanding math and analytical skills.  • Superior attention to detail.  • High level of initiative and ability to think and act quickly in a fast paced environment. • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.  • Demonstrated competencies in problem-solving and economical decision making.  • Customer centric approach to build strong relationships.  • Collaborative and flexible work style and the ability to interact well within a team.  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Outlook. Advanced knowledge of  Excel is a plus.  • Associate’s Degree, or two years of post-high school education in a field related to Energy,  Mathematics, Engineering, Economics, or Business. Bachelor’s degree or additional related experience  is a plus.  • Ability to work 8 hour or 12 hour rotating shifts.  • Experience in energy scheduling, energy marketing, or power plant operations is desired.  • Strong mechanical and technical energy-related knowledge is a plus.   Visit our website at www.mrenergy.com. For consideration, send your resume to hr@mrenergy.com.  MRES is an Equal Opportunity Employer
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) is seeking an energy services technical specialist to provide technical expertise for its energy services programs. The technical specialist uses a general understanding of lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, food service equipment and production processes to identify opportunities for energy savings or beneficial electrification in businesses. The technical specialist also calculates energy savings associated with energy efficiency improvements.  A detailed knowledge of lighting is desired. Activities include performing assessments detailing proposed efficiency or electrification measures where appropriate; working with member utilities to implement and market the Bright Energy Solutions (BES) program; performing key account visits; and utilizing MRES tracking and data management systems. The ability to use predefined algorithms to calculate savings and set up measures in a tracking system (energyOrbit) is desired.   Key Responsibilities: Establish and enhance relationships with contractors, distributors and MRES members and their customers Assess proposed efficiency and/or electrification measures Calculate energy savings associated with energy-efficiency improvements Work with member utilities to implement and market the Bright Energy Solutions® program Perform key account visits Utilize MRES tracking and data management systems Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field, and four years’ related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building competencies Excellent mathematical skills, including the ability to calculate savings and incentives Detail-oriented with excellent analytical, organizational and project management skills Intermediate skill level with utilizing Microsoft Office software: Excel, Word and PowerPoint) A collaborative work style and the ability to focus on the needs of the customer Excellent verbal and written communication skills Shows initiative and sound judgment, along with demonstrated abilities in critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making   This position is based out of the employee’s home office and includes 60% regional travel, primarily consisting of day trips to MRES member communities in eastern North Dakota, northeast South Dakota and west-central Minnesota. Some overnight travel is required. This is an exempt position and reports to the energy services technical supervisor. MRES provides very competitive wages, a comprehensive/low-cost benefits package and an outstanding work environment that promotes a long-lasting career.   EOE