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.

2023 INFORMS Annual Meeting @ Phoenix, AZ, October 15-18, 2023

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 to a session or talk on a relevant subject at the next INFORMS meeting in 2023!

ENRE Electricity

Haoxiang Yang, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen


ENRE Energy

Erick C. Jones, Jr., University of Texas at Arlington



ENRE Energy and Climate

Michael Craig, University of Michigan



ENRE Environment and Sustainability

Hongyue Jin, University of Arizona



ENRE Natural Resources

Gokce Palak, Wake Forest University


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 outstanding academic contributions in the field of Operations Research & Management Science with applications in energy, natural resources, the environment. Nomination procedures and further details will be announced via the ENRE newsletter and mailing list.

ENRE Student Best Paper 
Committee Chair: Frauke Liers (frauke.liers@fau.de)

ENRE Young Researcher Prize
Committee Chair: Sabah Bushaj (sbush010@plattsburgh.edu)

ENRE Best Publication – Energy
Committee Chair: Line Roald (roald@wisc.edu)

ENRE Best Publication – Natural Resources
Committee Chair: Mesut Yavuz (myavuz@cba.ua.edu)

ENRE Best Publication – Environment and Sustainability
Committee Chair: Christoph Weber (christoph.weber@uni-due.de)


Hotelling Medal:
Committee Chair: Benjamin Hobbs, John Hopkins 



Cluster chairs to invite sessions chairs         March 14, 2023

Session chairs to invite speakers                  May 2, 2023

Presenters to enter abstracts                        May 16, 2023

Speaker Registration                                     August 1, 2023 

Nomination for Harold Hotelling Medal for Lifetime Achievement in ENRE : May 15, 2023

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 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 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 : Sandra Ekşioğlu

President-elect : Benjamin D. Leibowicz

Secretary-Treasurer : Luce Brotcorne 

Communications & Outreach : Diwas Paudel

Past-Presidents : 

Antonio Conejo

Hayri Önal

Miguel F. Anjos

Past Secretary-Treasurers:

Sauleh Siddiqui

Sandra Ekşioğlu

Benjamin D. Leibowicz

Past Communications & Outreach:

Daniel Huppmann

Vignesh Subramanian

Kevin Melendez

Read here for more info and contact details...


  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities invites applications to fill a full-time tenure-track faculty position beginning Fall 2024. Exceptional applicants with strong records of research, teaching, scientific leadership, and creativity may be considered for higher rank and tenure. We seek candidates whose research is problem-driven and grounded in a broad set of methodological foundations. Individuals whose interests and backgrounds are at the intersection of Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and/or Data Analytics with other fields in Engineering, Computer Science, or Statistics are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in applications including, but not limited to, healthcare delivery and medical decision making, transportation and mobility, supply chains and service operations, or energy systems and the environment. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from diverse cultures and communities. The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is committed to the goal of achieving a diverse faculty as a way to maximize the impact of its teaching and research mission. Applicants should hold or expect to complete by Fall 2024 a Ph.D. in Engineering, Operations Research, Operations Management, or a related discipline, and have demonstrated the potential to conduct a successful research program as evidenced by their publication record and supporting reference letters. The candidate’s expertise and documented research activities must demonstrate a strong potential to enhance both the department’s research and teaching missions. The successful candidate is expected to build a strong, externally funded, highly visible research program and to become a recognized leader in their respective field. Information on current research activities of department faculty can be found at http://isye.umn.edu/faculty/. The ability to effectively teach a wide variety of classes related to industrial engineering at both the graduate and undergraduate levels to a diverse group of students is required.  HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and statements on research, teaching and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. They should also provide the names and contact information for three references. Applications must be submitted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/132835 (job posting ID 357879), preferably by November 18, 2023. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates may contact the chair of the search committee at isyesrch@umn.edu.  ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT AND THE UNIVERSITY: The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is within the College of Science and Engineering, a highly interdisciplinary college of engineering, physical sciences, and mathematics. The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant and diverse metropolitan communities, the University of Minnesota benefits from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations. The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu
  • Charlotte, Connecticut, We are seeking applicants for a tenure-track position #003754 at the assistant professor level in big data, data science and data analytics. We are primarily interested in the candidates with the domain expertise in one or more of the following areas: energy, healthcare, transportation, supply chain and financial services and who can teach R (with data mining) and Python (with Data warehousing/SQL). Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in Engineering or another closely related field, such as Computer Science and Statistics. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate abilities 1) to conduct sustainable funded research in Operations Research with application(s) to healthcare, humanitarian aid, energy, transportation and/or advanced manufacturing. 2) To publish scholarly articles in reputed journals in the research area. 3) to effectively teach graduate and undergraduate courses, 4) to render services within and outside the university, 5) to operate within and help create an inclusive environment that facilitates student learning and development. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a funded research program that complements and supports multidisciplinary research efforts in transformational energy systems, transportation and advanced mobility, digital manufacturing, and smart and sustainable cities. We are particularly interested in those with experience in leveraging artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, cloud/edge computing, cybersecurity, etc. to address today’s engineering challenges. Student advising, supervision of student project teams, course assessment, and other administrative assignments are also required duties. Candidates must be able to work independently as well as with a diverse team, demonstrate excellent leadership, organizational, and communication skills, and be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment to serve a diverse student population as well as faculty, alumni, and employers. The starting date for this position is August 2024. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Only electronic application submissions through https://jobs.charlotte.edu/postings/52324 will be accepted. Please include a cover letter (that indicates how the candidate meets the items identified in the advertisement), a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of research, a one-page statement of teaching, and a list of three references. The finalist is subject to a criminal background check. For questions, contact: Industrial and Systems Engineering Faculty Search Committee at hong@uncc.edu . We strongly support diversity among students and colleagues; therefore, we are actively seeking applicants who can contribute to the Department, College and University Diversity Plans. As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, Job Summary The Strategy and Services Division is responsible for leading corporate strategic planning efforts for the company and providing value-added services to ElectriCities’ member electric utilities. The Division provides a range of services to ElectriCities members and is responsible for assessing members’ ability to provide competitive retail offerings and identifying strategic areas of need for Members in providing these offerings. While monitoring the effectiveness of our Members retail offerings through a variety of surveys and data collection, the division also develops programs to augment the efforts of the Members where there are gaps. The Division advocates for action amongst the Members through strategic messaging that is conveyed through conferences, training, regional meetings, and other outreach. The Manager, Grid Innovation is responsible for the provision of technology solutions for ElectriCities members. This role will collaborate with departments in the Strategy and Services Division and across ElectriCities to ensure that the technology programs that are provided to our members address industry challenges. This role has supervisory responsibilities over the Grid Innovation Department Primary Responsibilities Advise the Chief Strategy Officer on industry trends related to electric utility technology, and renewable and clean energy programs. Maintain overall responsibility for the development, maintenance, and execution of the Member Services Strategic Technology Roadmap (STR). Work with consultants for input on technology trends and develop ElectriCities’ position on retail customer trends and segmentation. Develop, lead, and execute ElectriCities’ technology programs, to include product definition and customer requirements, proposal development, contract origination and management, and customer service and satisfaction. Manage the program definition, roll out, and assessment of existing and new Member Services technology and renewable programs, which include Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI), Customer Information Systems (CIS), financial systems, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), retail revenue enhancement, retail renewable programs, distributed energy resource programs, and other technology solutions. Maintain overall responsibility for renewable energy strategy: Oversee compliance with all aspects of the North Carolina Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS). Manage origination of all renewable energy contracts. Advise Power Agency Participants on issues related to customer-owned renewable generation, including net metering. Assist in the development of renewable energy policy positions. Research, establish, and implement distributed energy resources (DER) programs. Lead efforts for developing multi-utility federal and state grant proposals for ElectriCities members in the areas of technology deployment. Manage and promote ElectriCities’ North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) compliance program on behalf of Non-Power Agency Members of ElectriCities. Maintain the responsibility for the completion of all documentation and forms necessary to ensure that ElectriCities’ members are compliant with all required NERC standards. Lead and/or provide assistance to various teams comprised of Members’ staff and internal staff. These teams include the Operations Standards Team, Utility Directors Advisory Committee, ElectriCities conference planning teams, and various vendor user groups. Establish and maintain relationships with various industry partners, academic partners, and member organizations such as Utility Analytics Institute, E4 Carolinas, Universities, etc. Provide input on technical training for Members based on needs and requests. Topics could include electricity 101, distribution equipment, smart grid, billing systems, and other topics as requested by Members. Develop and maintain department business plan and budget projections and maintain responsibility for adhering to department budget. Provide managerial leadership for the Grid Innovation Department, and manage all issues related to budget, business plan, and personnel management. Foster an environment of teamwork in order to effectively coordinate with other ElectriCities departments and personnel. Perform other duties as may be assigned. Job Requirements Physical Requirements The Manager, Grid Innovation must maintain the physical condition necessary to perform tasks in an office setting such as operating a personal computer, keyboard, and other peripheral equipment. Frequent travel within the state of North Carolina and periodic travel within the U.S. for training and development purposes is required. Controls The employee is directly accountable to the Chief Strategy Officer who will have supervisory and administrative oversight. The employee’s success depends upon close coordination and cooperation with several key groups, including city managers and utility directors, and other departments within ElectriCities. This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the fair labor standards act. Qualifications An undergraduate degree from a four-year college or university. A degree in Engineering, Mathematics, the sciences, Computer Science, or equivalent and 5 years of related utility or business experience is required. An advanced degree along with a balance of technical, program management and business skills are preferred. The ability to work with the staff of members, trade associations, and public power staff. The individual should also be self-motivated and able to complete work without supervision, and independently create programs to aid the Members. The ability to communicate clearly in written and verbal form. Strong strategic and tactical analytical capabilities, including the ability to develop and manipulate financial models, the ability to diagnose and implement solutions for members, and the ability to assess the impact of specific programs for members. Willingness to travel to Member cities and other locations, as needed. Some overnight travel will be required. Flexibility and willingness to work outside of normal business hours is required. The capability of providing managerial leadership to a professional staff. We offer challenging and rewarding careers in a family-friendly culture, a competitive compensation, benefits, and rewards package, as well as career development opportunities. ElectriCities is an Equal Opportunity Employer. About ElectriCities ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., is the membership organization that provides power supply and related critical services to over 90 community-owned electric systems in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia—collectively known as public power. ElectriCities manages the power supply for two power agencies in North Carolina and provides technical services to assist members in operating their electric distribution systems. ElectriCities also helps these locally owned and operated public power providers thrive today and in the future by delivering innovative services, including legislative, technical, communications, and economic development expertise.
  • Nationwide, Job Purpose The energy systems modeler will work to run the WIS:dom-P model (and derivatives) for various regions of the United States and abroad. The model is built in GAMS and the modeler will work on customizing, initializing, executing and outputting the model. The modeler will assist the broader Fundamentals & New Markets department on site selection and broad market movements over the next several decades. In addition, the modeler will assist in updating the model with the latest project pipelines, constraints and policy changes that impact the future projections of the market. Key Accountabilities Updating the WIS:dom-P model and running simulations of the United States and abroad that will facilitate the Fundamentals & New Markets team to more quickly report finding to the wider pattern team for market intelligence. Create analytical products from the modeling to convey the results of many simulations of the electricity and energy grid to drive core understandings of the opportunities and risks for pattern development. Work across Pattern teams to deliver clear messaging around the results of simulations as well as bespoke asks around possible developments or opportunities around the US (and abroad).   Experience/Qualifications/Education Required Bachelor’s degree in a physical science; Strong mathematics background; Interactions with power system modeling; Proficient with GAMS or other optimization languages; Background working with Linux (large computing); Knowledge of the energy markets in the United States; Knowledge and use of python, NCL, GAMS, MatLab, IDL, or other programs desirable; Strong communication skills and confidence with executive presentations. This range is an estimate and base pay may be above or below the ranges based on several factors including but not limited to location, work experience, certifications, and education. In addition to base pay, Pattern’s compensation program includes a bonus structure for full-time employees of all levels. We also provide a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, voluntary benefits, family care benefits, employee assistance program, paid time off and bonding leave, paid holidays, 401(k)/RRSP retirement savings plan with employer contribution, and employee referral bonuses.
  • Orlando, Florida, OUC - The  Reliable  One , an industry leader and the second largest municipal utility in Florida committed to serving the community and the environment, is presently seeking a  Corporate Sustainability Coordinator  to join the Customer Experience & Sales division. We are looking for a data driven and experienced communicator to coordinate the development and implementation of policies and procedures to promote the highest level of environmental responsibility. In this role, you will implement and maintain existing sustainability programs, motivating team members to participate in new programs, regularly collecting and reviewing triple bottom line performance data, and producing an annual report. OUC’s mission is to provide exceptional value to our customers and community by delivering sustainable and reliable services and solutions.  Click here  to learn more about what we do. The ideal candidate will have: Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Science, Environmental Science or Sustainability, or a related field of study from an accredited college or university; Minimum of three (3) years of experience in in sustainability or energy or corporate responsibility project and program development and management, commercial building operations/building science, implementing sustainable practices, client/vendor relationship management Experience with data analytics and metrics; Valid Driver’s License; Certifications and/or licenses (Preferred): Certified Energy Manager (CEM)/ Business Energy Professional (BEP) or Energy Efficiency Practitioner (EEP) LEED Green Associate or LEED AP Certifications and/or licenses to be completed within two (2) years of hire: Any one of the above as established with manager. OUC offers a very competitive compensation and benefits package. Our Total Rewards package includes, to cite a few: Competitive compensation Low-cost medical, dental, and vision benefits and paid life insurance premiums with no probationary period. Retirement benefits include a cash balance account with employer matching along with a health reimbursement account Paid vacation, holidays, and sick time Paid parental leave Educational and Professional assistance programs; Paid Memberships in Professional Associations Access to workout facilities at each location Paid Conference and Training Opportunities Free downtown parking Hybrid work schedule Click here to view our Benefits Summary. Salary Range:  $73,220.78 to $91,527.14 per year commensurate with experience. Location:  3800 Gardenia Ave, Orlando, FL 32839 ? Please see below a complete Job description for this position. ?   Job Purpose: Coordinate the development and implementation of policies and procedures to promote the highest level of environmental responsibility. Implement and maintain existing sustainability programs, motivating team members to participate in new programs, regularly collecting and reviewing triple bottom line performance data, and producing an annual report. ? Primary Functions: Coordinate sustainability projects and initiatives, along with managers and departments, by implementing current sustainability programs, plans and initiatives; Assist in creating and implementing policies and procedures to enhance environmental responsibility across all operations and departments, within regulatory compliance, by gathering feedback, evaluating programs for improvement, and implementing changes; Demonstrate how proposed policies and procedures benefit the overall triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) and create net positive impacts, articulating expected results and costs; Use data analytics and economic analyses, background research, and case studies to create reports and presentations for stakeholders; Coordinate efforts of Green Teams to set goals and adopt new programs, track the impacts of changes in operations, lead internal audits (waste and recycling separation, energy and water use, etc.), and celebrate successes; Work closely to partner with the Facilities staff to implement sustainability measures at OUC facilities; Define, implement, and track budgets for assigned Sustainability projects; Pursue and manage Energy Star Rating and Florida Water Star certifications for all eligible OUC facilities Work with the Marketing, Communications & Community Relations Department to conduct outreach about sustainability programs; Develop ways to build on success and set bolder goals and initiatives going forward; Attend Board meetings and committee meetings as needed; Write articles about sustainability initiatives for new publications/outreach efforts; Perform other duties as assigned. Technical Requirements:     Working knowledge of all, but not limited to, the following: Green Building facility operations; Recycle Waste Management; Program/Policy Implementation; Understanding of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Standards, and Voluntary Disclosure Requirements Assessment: Cost/Benefits & Carbon; Data Analytics & Analytical Thinking to determine building performance, energy efficiency, daylighting, etc.; Building design and construction process; Third-party green building rating systems (i.e., LEED); Project Management; Software Application (i.e. Visio Flow Charts, PSERM, CC&B, Portfolio Manager); Equipment (i.e., Standard energy and water auditor equipment, commercial building equipment); Familiarity with all, but not limited to, the following: Fundraising/Grant Writing; Natural Resources; Purchasing/Procurement; Budget/Accounting; Environmental Health & Safety; American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Business Charter for Sustainable Development, and Florida Energy Code; Related industry, organizational and departmental policies, practices and procedures; legal guidelines, ordinances and laws; Ability to: Perform in a manner that serves as a role model for sustainable workplace practices; Carry out responsibilities with minimal supervision; Synthesize complex information into graphs and tables for Board/staff discussion and membership outreach; Prioritize work tasks, multi-task, and maintain focus; Exhibit attention to detail and good organizational skills; Demonstrate exemplary communication skills, listen actively, receive and incorporate feedback; technical writing; Articulate Green/Local Investing and making the business case for sustainability; Keep abreast of industry sustainability trends and opportunities; Make arithmetic computations using whole numbers, fractions and decimals, and compute rates, ratios, and percentages; Use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.) and standard office equipment (telephone, computer, copier, etc.). Education/ Certification/ Years of Experience Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Science, Environmental Science or Sustainability, or a related field of study from an accredited college or university; Minimum of three (3) years of experience in in sustainability or energy or corporate responsibility project and program development and management, commercial building operations/building science, implementing sustainable practices, client/vendor relationship management Experience with data analytics and metrics; Valid Driver’s License; Certifications and/or licenses (Preferred): Certified Energy Manager (CEM)/ Business Energy Professional (BEP) or Energy Efficiency Practitioner (EEP) LEED Green Associate or LEED AP Certifications and/or licenses to be completed within two (2) years of hire: Any one of the above as established with manager. Working Conditions: This job involves exposure to some disagreeable elements (dust, heat, fumes, cold, noise, vibration or wetness). This job may include risk of electrical shock and work in high precarious and confined spaces. This job requires working in the presence of moving mechanical parts and outdoor weather conditions, where exposure to insects exists. Physical Requirements: This job includes very frequent speaking/ hearing, writing/ typing, and detailed inspection. This job requires frequent standing, walking, sitting, and bending. There may be occasional climbing, kneeling, reaching over head, and lifting up to forty (40) lbs. Also, this job includes very frequent driving of a company vehicle. ? OUC–The Reliable One is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed through responsible management policies to recruit, hire, promote, train, transfer, compensate, and administer all other personnel actions without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information and any other factor prohibited under applicable federal, state, and local civil rights laws, rules, and regulations. ? ? EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Science, Environmental Science or Sustainability, or a related field of study from an accredited college or university; Minimum of three (3) years of experience in in sustainability or energy or corporate responsibility project and program development and management, commercial building operations/building science, implementing sustainable practices, client/vendor relationship management Experience with data analytics and metrics; Valid Driver’s License; Certifications and/or licenses (Preferred): Certified Energy Manager (CEM)/ Business Energy Professional (BEP) or Energy Efficiency Practitioner (EEP) LEED Green Associate or LEED AP Certifications and/or licenses to be completed within two (2) years of hire: Any one of the above as established with manager. $73,220.78 to $91,527.14 per year commensurate with experience.