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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 2021 Annual Meeting @ Anaheim, CA, October 24-27, 2021

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 2021!

Environment & Sustainability
        Kristen Schell (kristenschell@cunet.carleton.ca)

Forestry and Natural Resources
Jordi Garcia-Gonzalo (j.garcia@ctfc.es)
Erin Belval (erin.belval@colostate.edu)

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

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

Energy III - Climate
Yongyang Cai (cai.619@osu.edu)

Oil/Gas/Mining
        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: Guzin Bayraksan (bayraksan.1@osu.edu)

ENRE Young Researcher Prize
Committee Chair: Luce Brotcorne  (Luce.Brotcorne@inria.fr)

ENRE Best Publication – Energy
Committee Co-Chairs:  Sonja Wogrin (sonja.wogrin@comillas.edu)

ENRE Best Publication – Natural Resources
Committee Co-Chairs: Sauleh Siddiqui (sauleh@american.edu)

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


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

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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

  • Wenatchee, Washington, LIVE, WORK AND PLAY! Chelan County PUD is located in the geographical center of Washington State at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers.   A public power leader, the complex and progressive nature of PUD operations offer a unique mix of challenges and opportunities. We rely on the mighty Columbia River for much of our hydropower generation and we're proud to take a leadership role in environmental stewardship as related to this great river system. Each year we dedicate millions of dollars and thousands of work hours to protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plant ecosystems. As part of hydropower operations, we've also built 14 parks that serve more than 3 million visitors each year. Rated by Forbes in 2017 and 2019 as one of the top 25 places to retire, Wenatchee is a recreational paradise with an abundance of adventure. The natural scenic beauty of the Wenatchee Valley provides a vivid backdrop to its thriving economy, where the quality of life is high and the climate is moderate with four distinct seasons, including more than 200 days of sunshine! We are a small town to some and big city to others. We invest in our children and believe that education is the key to our future success. We live a life of abundant choices and enjoy water sports on the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, hiking, biking, rock climbing and unlimited golfing. Downhill and cross-country skiing are just minutes away. The area is also known for producing quality wines. Consider Chelan PUD as a career choice today! The community is waiting for you. Chelan PUD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. M/F/Vet/Disabled APPLICATION MATERIALS Applicants are required to submit a combined cover letter and resume in one document. Please provide a cover letter in which you describe your experience in power trading, developing structured energy products, and/or energy modeling/quantitative analysis.. Incomplete materials will not be considered. To expedite the application process, combine your cover letter and resume into one PDF or WORD document before applying and upload electronically when requested in the online application process. This position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED and applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.   Interested parties are also invited to contact Human Resources at joblist@chelanpud.org to discuss the position. SALARY RANGE In addition to a competitive starting salary range of $100,240-$125,300 (Energy Term Trader) or $113,175-$150,900 (Program Manager level) based on qualifications, skills and abilities, Chelan PUD employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include the option of a zero cost medical plan (medical, dental and vision for all eligible dependents), short and long-term disability, Washington State Public Employee's Retirement System, Deferred Compensation (with company matching funds up to 5%), 11 holidays and initial personal leave accrual at 21 days per year.  Introductory Period: New employees holding regular positions must complete an introductory period of twelve months. JOB POSTING This position will be filled at either the individual contributor level or program manager level, contingent upon the selected candidate’s experience and knowledge, skills, and abilities. JOB PURPOSE: The Energy Term Trader buys and sells energy within the guidelines of the District’s hedging strategy, analyzes energy supply/demand, models and forecasts surplus power availability/shortfalls and monitors variables influencing power prices, availability, and reliability. The Program Manager, Energy Trading & Asset Optimization oversees forward trading strategy development and resource optimization and functions as the primary term energy trader for the District. Key responsibilities include leading the evaluation and development of pricing structures for energy products and optimizing the District’s asset portfolio through risk and operations modeling, contributing to new market and trading decision making, analyzing, and evaluating complex energy transactions and negotiating and executing transactions in accordance with the District’s risk management and credit policies. Energy Term Trader % of Time     Job Functions 1.  50%   Energy Trading: Buys and sells energy up to 5 years forward in compliance with District hedging strategy guidelines. Functions as the primary term energy trader for the District. Determines pricing and volume of purchase and sale transactions to optimize the portfolio of District resources.  2. 25%   Transaction Analysis: Analyzes variables influencing energy prices, availability, and reliability. Monitors current market conditions and develops recommendations to capitalize on market opportunities. Evaluates complex energy transactions to ensure energy price, counterparty, and contractual terms are favorable to, and consistent with District risk management guidelines. 3. 20%   Forecasting & Modeling: Develops models and tools to forecast generation power supply and load requirements. Tracks snowpack and precipitation levels to prepare stream flow forecasts. Creates resource forecasts to support deal structuring and pricing decisions. Analyzes system and market conditions and estimates surplus sales revenue. 4. 5%   Marketing: Develops and maintains marketing relationships. Occasionally conducts sales calls and visits. Provides information to prospective counterparties, soliciting input on process and product desires from prospective counterparties. 5.  Ongoing: Maintain regular and predictable attendance. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC). Program Manager, Energy Trading & Asset Optimization % of Time     Job Functions 1. 25%   Strategy & Optimization: Manages forward trading strategy development and optimization and structuring of assets. Coordinates within the District to gather and analyze data and develop and implement appropriate forward trading strategies. Ensures appropriate consideration of environmental attributes and energy services, and alignment to District strategic goals. Ensures compliance with risk policy, recommending changes, if needed. 2. 25%   Deal Structuring & Market Development: Manages deal structuring for any combination of energy products such as slice products, block sales, ancillary products, and environmental attributes. Analysis may involve alternative energy resources and/or transmission products and services. Monitors external market developments and reports to Sr. Management. 3. 25%   Modeling: Leads the development and implementation of risk modeling for the front office in assessing market risks. Responsible for overseeing the development of models to assess and price the risks inherent in the transactions of marketers and traders. Responsible for managing the identification, analyses, and desegregation of deals into the appropriate risk instruments and components. Develops models and quantitative studies of historical and forecasted prices, loads, costs, and stream flows (volume) associated with energy products for the existing and planned energy portfolios. Contributes to new market and trading decision making. 4. 15%   Energy Trading: Buys and sells energy within policy limits. Identifies and manages energy surpluses and future capacity needs. Monitors variables influencing energy pricing, availability, and reliability. Analyzes and evaluates complex energy transactions to ensure energy price, counterparty, and contractual terms are favorable to, and consistent with District risk management guidelines. 5. 10%   Marketing Relationships: Establishes and develops contacts and relationships with existing and potential counterparties/customers. Conducts sales calls and visits with new and existing counterparties. Represents the District’s interests and goals at industry meetings and work groups. 6. Ongoing: Maintain regular and predictable attendance. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC). SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Program Manager, Energy Trading & Asset Optimization may directly supervise one (1) non-supervisory employee in the Energy Planning and Trading Department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.  QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Post-Secondary Education: Bachelor's degree, preferably in Engineering, Computer Science, Business, Accounting, Finance, Economics, or a related field (B. S., B. A.) from a four-year college or university; or equivalent combination of education and experience.     Experience: Energy Term Trader Typically requires a minimum of four (4) years relevant experience in power trading, including energy trading, energy structuring and/or quantitative analysis. Program Manager, Energy Trading & Asset Optimization Typically requires a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience performing and leading power trading, marketing or risk/operation modeling projects or activities in electric utility or power marketing. Specific KSA's: A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities. Knowledge • Knowledge of economic principles utilizing statistics and analytics; power operations, specifically hydro power operations; power scheduling practices; transmission practices; and energy price formation  • Understanding of finance, marketing, and contract administration activities, including risk management and credit policies • Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations relating to the power industry Skills & Abilities: • Ability to present and communicate complex information • Strong analytical skills • Ability to negotiate and manage energy contracts in accordance with internal policies and legal and regulatory frameworks • Strong interpersonal skills • Excellent verbal and written communication skills • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work independently and with a team • Ability to develop and sustain relationships with other WECC counterparties including utilities and energy marketers   DISCLAIMER The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. This should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload. EEO Chelan PUD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled). We value diversity at all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any protected classifications as defined by law. EEO Law Posters can be found on the main Careers page in English and Spanish.  Chelan PUD will not be offering any work visa sponsorship for this role. Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-I.35(c)
  • Monroe, North Carolina, The City of Monroe Energy Services Department is seeking a highly skilled professional for the Electric Engineering Manager position. Under the supervision of the General Manager of Engineering, the Electric Engineering Manager performs and oversees staff to provide design and specifications for electric and fiber optic infrastructure to comply with City standards, safety standards, NESC, OSHA, and other industry standards/regulations. In addition to the design and specifications of projects, the Electric Engineering Manager oversees energy audits for customers, development and implementation of marketing plans for the electric utility, and assists with the construction standards and long-term planning for the electric system. The selected individual must possess thorough knowledge of policies, procedures, best practices for electric utility work and exceptional analytical reasoning skills, with the ability to make informed, evidence-based decisions, and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, associates, contractors, and the general public. The selected candidate must have a combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in electrical or civil engineering or a related field and considerable experience in public works or utility engineering. Possession of a Professional Engineer’s license is required. EOE/Drug Free. Apply online at www.monroenc.org and select Employment Opportunities. 
  • Starkville, Mississippi, Department Profile:   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 approximately 450 undergraduates and 40 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/ . Position Function:   The Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University invites applications for a tenure track, 9-month, assistant/associate professor position in agricultural and biological engineering focused on coastal issues including soil and water modeling and/or seafood quality and safety. This Position will have a split appointment with an expectation for roughly 50% research and 50% teaching. Applicants should be committed to excellence in teaching and be able to articulate a prospective research program that has promise for strong and 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 remote and proximal sensing, analytics including artificial intelligence, geographic information systems, and programming, particularly with a view to agriculture and natural resources, are preferred. Women, minorities, and other under-represented groups are highly encouraged to apply. 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:   Applicants must have a Ph.D. by time of appointment in Agricultural, Biological, or Biosystems Engineering, or equivalent in a closely related discipline, as well as excellent verbal and writing skills. Applicants must have a strong commitment to teaching excellence, scholarly production, and grantsmanship and should have the ability to conduct multi-disciplinary collaborative research. Preferred Qualifications:   Experience in coastal issues including soil and water modeling and/or seafood quality and safety. Instructions for Applying:   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). Anticipated appointment date is October 2021, or as soon as a qualified candidate is identified.  Equal Employment Opportunity Statement MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable 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.
  • Gainesville, Florida, Position Details Position Title Assistant Professor for Marketing – AI: University of Florida (77209) Administration: 17080000 - BA-MARKETING Location Gainesville, FL 32611 Position Type Tenure-Track Faculty Position URL https://dossier.interfolio.com/apply/90235 *ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY THROUGH THE INTERFOLIO WEBPAGE LINK:  https://dossier.interfolio.com/apply/90235   Position Description Location Gainesville, FL Open Date Jul 9, 2021 Description The Marketing Department in the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor.  The position is targeted at highly-trained researchers who seek to publish in scholarly, A-level marketing journals. We are targeting researchers with interests in marketing analytics, artificial intelligence applications in marketing, machine learning methods for solving marketing problems, statistical learning implementations, marketing models, and related tools for data analysis, decision-making and scientific inquiry involving marketing problems. Our applicants should specifically have an interest in teaching marketing analytics, artificial intelligence in marketing, marketing research using big data, and related areas. The position is tenure accruing with a start date of Fall 2022. We encourage potential candidates to access the department web site at  https://warrington.ufl.edu/  to obtain more information about the department.   This position will start in August 2022.  Salary is competitive, commensurate with education and experience. AI@UF Qualifications Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an area related to the position or be expected to finish their Ph.D. by August 2022 and must have demonstrated research and teaching in the area. Applicants should be proficient in at least one artificial intelligence or machine learning language (e.g., Python, R, SAS, MATLAB, Julia, or similar tools). Experience utilizing a research computing or cloud-based analytics environment for artificial intelligence and machine learning applications is desired, but not required. Application Instructions Our department currently offers undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. programs in Marketing. Applicants should upload requested information in their application including a cover letter with a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, recent publications and working papers, if available, and teaching evaluations (if available).  Complete applications will be given further consideration.  Finalist candidates will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at  http://www.naces.org/ . The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Equal Employment Opportunity Statement The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. #category=14 AI@UF   Application Process This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge. Apply Now   Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an area related to the position or be expected to finish their Ph.D. by August 2022 and must have demonstrated research and teaching in the area. Applicants should be proficient in at least one artificial intelligence or machine learning language (e.g., Python, R, SAS, MATLAB, Julia, or similar tools). Experience utilizing a research computing or cloud-based analytics environment for artificial intelligence and machine learning applications is desired, but not required.
  • Washington, D.C., Apply Today! https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DOE-EERE-STP-BTO-2021-1200 *Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. The Opportunity in Energy Efficiency Analysis with the Building Technologies Office is now accepting applications. What will I be doing? As a member of the team, you will both learn how to: Conduct research on relevant topics to building energy efficiency including international, national and local policies, market barriers, and technologies. Provide timely support to BTO staff and leadership. Engage with BTO team members to ensure that analyses meet stakeholder needs and furthers BTO’s mission. Understand and communicate the results from BTO’s suite of analytical tools on program performance and BTO’s progress towards achieving its goals. Support strategic planning and program/project management for the Building Technologies Office. Why should I apply? You will collaborate with the Energy Efficiency Analyst in DOE’s Building Technologies Office and will be engaged in providing insightful analysis that informs BTO decision making and communications. Where will I be located? Washington, DC Apply Today! https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DOE-EERE-STP-BTO-2021-1200 The details: You will receive a competitive stipend, an allowance to offset the costs of health insurance, research travel and materials up to $10,000, and relocation expenses reimbursement up to $5,000. You must be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and completed or be in the process of completing a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree. Program Website : https://www.energy.gov/eere/education/energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy-science-technology-and-policy-program Questions? Email DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov . Please list the reference code [DOE-EERE-STP-BTO-2021-1200] for this opportunity in the subject line of your email. A complete application consists of: An application Transcript(s) - For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. Selected candidate may be required to provide proof of completion of the degree before the appointment can start. A current resume/CV Letter of Recommendation All documents must be in English or include an official English translation. The resume/CV must include the following: Basic applicant Information:  Name, address, phone, email, and other contact information. Work & Research Experience:  List all work and research experiences beginning with current or most recent. Include the name of the employer, location, position held, and time period involved. Leadership Experience:  List experiences (e.g., work, civic, volunteer, research) that demonstrate your leadership skills. Detail your role, type of experience, organization, location, and duration. Educational History:  List all institutions from which you received or expect to receive a degree, beginning with current or most recent institution. Include the name of the academic institution, the degree, the date of award, and academic discipline. Honors & Awards:  List in chronological order (most recent first) any awards or public recognitions. Include the name of awarding institution, title of the award or honor, and date of award or honor. If you have questions, please send an email to  DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov . Please list the reference code for this opportunity in the subject line of your email. Relocation expenses, not to exceed $5,000, incurred in relocating from the participant's current address to Washington, D.C. (if more than 50 miles from the address shown on the application), may be reimbursed. Participants will receive a travel allowance of $10,000 per appointment year to cover travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities.