Distinguished Member Award

Distinguished Member Award

RAS is able to serve our profession through the contributions of volunteers. Although contributions from everyone are appreciated, some volunteers’ contributions have far reaching impact. Their impact has given RAS a new direction and continues to inspire others to follow their footsteps. The RAS Distinguished Member Award is given to recognize such individuals. RAS began this award in 2012.




Given to long time contributor/supporter:

  • Member of RAS for over total 10 years
  • Should have made long lasting contribution
  • Should have contributed in at least three of the below mentioned areas:
  • Elected RAS Officer
  • Served as RAS session chair, presenter, or invited speakers
  • Assisted in different RAS activities
  • Supported RAS programs either by guiding or sponsoring

NOTE: This award does not have to be presented every year and can be awarded to acknowledge noteworthy contributions.

Nomination Process

  • Any current RAS member can nominate
  • Secretary will invite nominations
  • Self nomination is acceptable
  • Nomination must include a bio and list of contributions
  • Current officers not eligible for nomination

Nomination Letter

Suggested Format

  • Who is nominating (Name, Affiliation and Contact)
  • Who is being nominated (Name, Affiliation and Contact)
  • Nomination Letter Body (Why is this person worthy of this award?)
  • Provide List of Contributions to RAS
    • Positions held
    • Volunteer works (help officers with RAS works)
    • History of RAS membership
    • Presentations/Roundtables/Sessions at RAS

Award Committee

  • Committee of current officers, past award winners and past RAS chairs headed by current chair
  • Voting will be administered by the current secretary


  • Nominations by - end of July
  • Discussion and award decision - end of August
  • Decision announced at INFORMS Annual Meeting

Distinguished RAS Members


RAS Distinguished Member


Could it be you?


Dr. Pooja Dewan (Burlington Northern Santa Fe)


Dr. Dharma Acharya (GE Transportation)


Dr. Clark Cheng (Norfolk Southern)


Carl Van Dyke (TransNetOpt)


Ravi Ahuja (Innovative Scheduling and University of Florida)


Ajith Wijeratne (Norfolk Southern)