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...


  • Calgary, Canada, About MRU Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University (MRU) grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. MRU has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education, and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than 15,000 credit students choose from 13 bachelor degrees and 38 majors. MRU provides exceptional teaching, personalized learning and a strong foundation of experiential learning. We are striving to become one of Canada’s top destinations for undergraduate studies. MRU is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina, and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis," which we now call the City of Calgary. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation. Calgary is located in less than one-hour drive from the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains. The city brings a mix of dynamic big city energy, cheerful western hospitality, and wondrous natural beauty. MRU is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning, and research experiences for the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self-identify.   About the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies The Faculty of Business and Communications Studies has a student body of approximately 3400 students and is composed of the Bissett School of Business and the School of Communication Studies. The School of Business hosts four departments: General Management & Human Resources, Accounting & Finance, International Business & Supply Chain Management, and Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Social Innovation. The School of Communication Studies consists of three departments: Public Relations, Information Design, and Broadcast Media Studies and Journalism. The Bissett School of Business is an accredited member of EFMD, a global, non-profit, membership-driven organization dedicated to management development.   About the Department of International Business & Supply Chain Management The Department of International Business and Supply Chain Management offers BBA majors in Supply Chain Management and International Business. The supply chain major contains 10 core courses, is highly integrated with our CN Supply Chain Data Analytics Lab and offers a co-op education opportunity. The program is deeply rooted in applied learning, accredited by Supply Chain Canada (SCC) and heavily involved with highly regarded networks within both industry and academic communities.   About the Role The Department of International Business & Supply Chain Management in the Bissett School of Business at MRU invites applications for a tenure-track position in Supply Chain Management at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position will commence on January  01, 2024. This position will be hired into the Teaching-Service (TS) work pattern, which has a focus on teaching (the equivalent of eight classes per academic year), as well as providing service to the faculty and university. Preference will be given to candidates with a history of applied experience and active industry networks  within the industry. The successful candidate will become an integral member of our Supply Chain team, and can expect to meaningfully contribute to departmental priorities and activities. At MRU, as our industry connections are an important and integral part of our programs, the successful candidate will be required to actively liaise with industry partners and professional associations on behalf of the Department and the Bissett School of Business.   Qualifications Applicants should have a strong industry-facing alignment in their profile –demonstrating a depth of active industry connections and experience –and hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in supply chain management or closely related field.  A PhD (completed or nearing completion) in Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, or another closely related field, will be desirable but is not essential. While previous experience in teaching and mentoring at the post secondary level is preferred, experience in a teaching role (such as training and workshop facilitation) in the field of supply chain management will be considered. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the following attributes: Strong professional/industry experience and connections Strong interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills A willingness to mentor and coach students with activities including student competitions, Supply Chain Student Association activities, Honours thesis advising, student led applied research, or other similar student supporting/mentoring, yet industry-facing activities   What We Offer Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary institutions.  At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace. Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the individual and the University. A variety of services, resources and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, health and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday closure, personal days and a free membership in our fully equipped recreation center.  Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist, and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities, including personal training, fitness classes, climbing, aquatics, sports, tournaments, and certifications, for students, employees, and the public.   Closing Date: The search will remain open until the position is filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications submitted by May 15, 2023.    Apple Here: Career Opportunities - Mount Royal University - Calgary, Alberta, Canada (hrsmart.com)
  • Washington, D.C., Georgetown University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Teaching Professor with administrative leadership responsibilities. This non-tenure line faculty member will serve as the Program Director for the Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability Management ( MS-ESM ) and teach in the program. The position will be jointly appointed within the McDonough School of Business, The Earth Commons, and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. MS-ESM is a full-time, 11-month interdisciplinary program held on campus in Washington, D.C. The unique curriculum combines principles of environmental science with a foundation in business management, educating students to become ethical leaders on environment and sustainability issues. This premier program currently has an annual enrollment of 45 students with the potential to grow.   This position covers 15-credits of teaching/administrative responsibilities including: Leading the MS-ESM program and overseeing the overall planning and execution of the program in collaboration with the Academic Directors of the program, Teaching courses in your specific disciplinary expertise, Engaging in short-term and long-term strategic planning to ensure quality of the academic experience, Collaborating with faculty to make continuous improvements to the curriculum and courses, Advising students and engaging with student leadership, Engaging with internal and external constituents to ensure successful outcomes, Coordinating with administrative, careers, and admissions staff, and Collaborating with other Georgetown University schools in the academic spaces related to ESM. GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY Located in Washington, D.C., Georgetown University offers unparalleled access to the world’s business, policy and thought leaders as well as a collegial environment for professional development. The Earth Commons Institute , along with the McDonough School of Business and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences , created this degree with the understanding that science and business principles are both critical to achieving  environmental sustainability goals across the globe.   APPLICATION PROCEDURE To assure full consideration, applications, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations and names and contact information of three references should be submitted to Interfolio ( http://apply.interfolio.com/122059 ).  Consideration will begin March 24, 2023 or earlier, but applications are welcome until the position is filled. Georgetown University is an  Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer  fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic  protected by law . Candidates must hold a graduate degree (a Ph.D. is preferred) in an area related to Environmental Sustainability or an adjacent discipline. We are seeking dynamic candidates with demonstrated ability to successfully teach courses in environmental sustainability with relevant professional experience.  The successful candidate must be a visionary and thought leader who can adapt and guide the program towards the changing environmental  landscape. The appointment can begin as early as May 2023 and the search process will continue until the position is filled. 
  • Canton, Ohio, Engineering Manager: design heavy equipment, manufacturing processes and documentation. Be a part of a growing, fast paced industry leading heavy equipment manufacturing company that is ready to add a Professional Engineer /  Project Manager to our team.  We would enjoy talking to you if you have the enthusiasm for heavy equipment, strong hands on mechanical aptitude and project management skills.   You will work alongside knowledgeable technicians and fabricators that design, manufacture and troubleshoot heavy machinery.  Lead your department in effectively manufacturing the product from concept to completion in a timely manner and play a key role in supporting the production teams. -Professional Engineer licensed in Ohio or the ability to obtain licensing in Ohio -At least 5 years of manufacturing experience -Proficient in Solidworks and understanding of industry drafting standards -Familiarity with heavy equipment, welding and knowledge of mobile hydraulics -Experience in managing projects from start to finish and working in a team environment -Highly detail oriented with regard to drawings and documentation -Analytical problem solving skills along with solid communication and technical writing skills -Proficient with the entire Microsoft Suite, concentrating on Excel  Comprehensive benefit package
  • Tacoma, Washington, Are you a team player with a track record of developing and executing a power resource portfolio for the future? Do you have experience managing a team of diverse, talented financial and analytical professionals responsible for wholesale energy trading, resource planning, customer energy programs, energy policy, and energy research and development?  If so, this may be the role for you.    Tacoma Power is seeking a Power Management Officer to lead its Power Management Section. This role is responsible for developing energy policy and responses to legislative and regulatory/market initiatives, negotiating and managing large wholesale and retail power contracts, creating and managing customer-facing energy programs including electrification, energy efficiency, conservation and other distributed energy resource programs to comply with state law, while supporting City and Board directives.    This role reports directly to the Tacoma Power General Manager and contributes as a key member of the Power utility’s executive leadership Team.    Responsibilities include:  Represent Tacoma Power with policy makers, regional stakeholders, outside agencies, and the public  Participate as a full and active member of Tacoma Power's senior leadership team and contribute to the overall strategy of the utility  Incorporate research and perform analysis of industry trends and long-range business challenges. Collect and facilitate stakeholder feedback to develop recommendations for strategic positioning of Tacoma Power  Oversee the acquisition of power resources to meet the future electric needs of customers by evaluating the technical and economic expected performance of all feasible options, soliciting proposals for purchase or construction of resources, negotiating contracts, testing recommendations with members of the executive team and the public, engaging a stakeholder process, and gaining Public Utility Board support  Oversee efforts to formulate energy policy positions for Tacoma Power and engage with legislators, other utilities, and interest groups to protect and enhance the long-term financial position of the utility     Qualifications Minimum Education* Bachelor's Degree Minimum Experience* 10 years of power utility experience including prior supervisory and managerial experience. Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements AS ASSIGNED: North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection certification (NECC-CIP) AS ASSIGNED: Washington State Driver's License. *Equivalency: 1 year of experience = 1 year of education  Knowledge & Skills   An inspiring and strategic thinker, future-oriented, who nurtures a culture of innovation  A caring and respectful leader with high emotional intelligence and proficient teambuilding, leadership, and listening skills Advocate for mission and vision and champion for customer affordability and our values Cultural competence and commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion   Selection Process & Supplemental Information This recruitment is being managed by Kye Merritt. If you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with Kye on  LinkedIn! City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress.  One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.   The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.     Tacoma Power Tacoma Power  is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.  Apply Interested individuals should   apply online and attach  a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position. Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check. Communication from the City of Tacoma: We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from cityoftacoma.org and/or governmentjobs.com must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders. If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources office at (253) 591-5400 before 4pm on the closing date  
  • Sacramento, California, This position intends to fill a two year limited term position.    SMUD is a leader in clean energy and carbon reduction. This is an exciting time to join SMUD as key member of the Project Development Team in our Power Generation Department helping reach our ambitious goal of zero carbon emissions in our power supply by 2030 - the most ambitious goal of any large utility in the United States. Power Generation is seeking a strong, experienced project manager to manage the design, installation, integration, interconnection, contracting for services, contract management, construction and commissioning of energy storage projects. As a Senior Project Manager, you will manage fast-paced projects installing, integrating and interconnection long duration energy storage projects. The ideal candidate will have experience in development of the scope of work and management of EPC contracts and equipment procurement contracts for electrical power projects, ideally with energy storage vendors. This position requires a high degree of coordination with both internal and external parties to SMUD. Purpose Provides project management expertise and services in assigned area including to plan, organize, manage, coordinate, and execute activities and projects to ensure adequate, reliable, efficient, and cost effective systems and projects for SMUD. Nature and Scope Serves as a technical or functional expert or consultant providing expertise and/or direction in one or more areas of a professional discipline and assumes responsibility for resolving complex problems and overseeing complex projects. May also serve in a Lead role and assist in planning, coordinating, prioritizing, monitoring, and evaluating the work results in assigned area and in selecting, training, motivating, evaluating, and developing lower-level personnel.   This role typically oversees/leads one or more large, complex projects. This role may supervise PMs and a team supporting portfolios, Substations, Data Co-Lo, Large Overhauls Power Generations. Manages enterprise/OAT projects with budgets in excess of $10,000,000.  Duties and Responsibilities Manages activities and projects in assigned area; develops necessary project plans, cost estimates, project budgets, work breakdowns and schedules, and project summary descriptions and justifications for department, SMUD, and/or multi-utility or agency review. Ensures integrated planning and cooperation by internal/external partners or stakeholders to support successful completion of assigned projects; coordinates project planning with other departments and entities through meetings and shared written and oral reporting and communications; provides leadership and coordination with other utilities and agencies as required. Ensures the availability of timely and accurate project planning information on SMUD projects; collects, verifies, organizes, and maintains data; prepares and provides written summaries, reports, and recommendations for SMUD projects; responds verbally or in writing to routine and time-critical inquiries on projects from SMUD Board, regulatory bodies, other utilities, public agencies, and other SMUD departments. Ensures assigned work activities successfully contribute to the overall completion of department projects; plans, coordinates, prioritizes, monitors, guides, reviews, and conducts work activities associated with department internal/external projects in accordance with established task objectives and schedule as outlined in the project plans. Ensures that project team members and contractors work methods, technical methodologies, and problem-solving methods meet SMUD policies and quality standards and contract terms; provides project guidance to project team members and contractors to develop unique solutions that address new or difficult problems on projects; directs preparation of verbal and written reports on technical problems. Represents SMUD’s positions, priorities, and interests on multi-agency projects and to various industry, government, interest groups, and regulatory bodies. Provides leadership and direction for assigned tasks in order to meet defined unit goals and schedules and comply with SMUD schedule, quality, quantity, safety, and performance standards; plans, coordinates, prioritizes, monitors, and guides work activities of project team members to meet established task objectives and deadlines by following established policies and precedents; communicates with team members and incorporates their input to processes and techniques; promotes safety and a safe work environment; assists in evaluating work performance results; participates as a team member in accomplishing objectives; refers problems to supervisory staff when solutions are not readily achievable. Performs related duties as required. Required Education A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a field directly related to area of assignment or equivalent experience.  If no degree, eleven (11) years of experience is required. Required Experience Qualifications Seven or more (7+) years of progressively responsible relevant project management work experience in the power industry that includes significant experience in project leadership, management and outside agency interface or inter-utility project involvement. Knowledge Of Project management principles and practices; SMUD operations; SMUD policies, procedures, applicable MOUs, and other special agreements; federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations pertinent to area of assignment; strategic and business planning processes; cost control, scheduling, and budgeting principles and practices; reengineering principles; process improvement techniques; performance measurement techniques; proposal preparation techniques; contractual mechanisms and common terms and conditions; accounting fundamentals; management reporting; management control system fundamentals; total quality management philosophies, tools and techniques; methods and techniques for planning, organizing, and overseeing work activities; practices for delegating, assigning, and reviewing work assignments; safety policies, practices, and procedures; standard operating procedures for modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary standards. Skills To Manage multiple projects including to plan, coordinate, and interpret diverse functions and activities within assigned projects; develop strategic, business, operational, and program plans; establish and maintain cooperation between work groups, contractors, and external agencies on the programs and within specific projects while working with a variety of staff and contractors to ensure that project goals and objectives will be met on schedule and within the approved budget; negotiate with internal and external representatives on behalf of SMUD; evaluate project progress and resolve complex technical issues; understand and resolve the technical, political, and corporate issues that are subject to change; interact with others to influence and motivate; compile and prepare technical, statistical, and analytical reports and presentations; develop and conduct oral presentations to internal/external audiences; work effectively with other utilities and outside agencies to manage joint projects; interpret, analyze, and apply pertinent policies, procedures, regulations, and requirements; identify significant organizational issues concerns and needs and develop strategies for rectifying them; accomplish tasks through teamwork; utilize a personal computer and/or computer terminal, systems and software relevant to the job; communicate effectively orally and in writing internally/externally; establish and maintain effective working relationships internally/externally. Required Licenses/Certificates Project Management Institute PMP Certification   Acceptable alternative education or certification include: Project Management Institute - ACP Agile Certified Practitioner Engineering Degree, and requisite experience Construction Mgmt Degree, and requisite experience Professional Engineer Certification, and requisite experience Construction Mgmt Certification, and requisite experience Desirable Qualifications Five or more years' experience in the following areas: Experience in project management and construction of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS). Electrical engineering knowledge of balance of plant design associated with BESS and/or electrical power projects. Development and administration of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts for BESS projects. Developing scope for work for contracts and for task orders, administering and managing external contractors in support of BESS projects. Managing a design review process where contractor submittals are evaluated for compliance with project technical requirements. Coordination with all the entities (permitting, interconnection, cyber security, telecom, metering, startup and commissioning, etc.) required to deliver a complete and fully functional project. Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers. Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.   California Equal Pay Act Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are a part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act or the applicable MOU. Determination for salary placement of internal candidates will be made without respect to current classification or compensation, and will be based upon the candidate's qualifications as compared to those performing substantially similar work. In the event there is a guaranteed pay progression outlined in an applicable MOU, the MOU takes precedence.      Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.   Hybrid Work This position may be eligible for SMUD's hybrid (office/home) work employee benefit, the schedule of which will be determined by the successful candidate and the Hiring Manager. SMUD takes pride in powering the Sacramento region community where we live and work. We value the strong working relationships we develop with our colleagues. Our approach to hybrid work will continue to evolve. Please be aware that should SMUD’s business needs change, emergencies occur, or various other reasons arise, you may be required to report onsite on a part-time or full-time basis