Dissertation Award

Dissertation Award

The INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Dissertation Prize is awarded for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of pricing and revenue management written in English. The following criteria will be used in judging candidate dissertations:

  • Fundamental contribution and originality of the ideas or methods.
  • Practical importance or applicability in solving important real problems.
  • Clarity and excellence of the exposition.
Eligible doctoral dissertations are those for which the dissertation defense took place between June 1, 2016, and May 31, 2018, inclusive. 

The nomination package should include the following:     

  • Dissertation 
  • A nomination letter by the advisor summarizing the main contributions of the work. The letter should also state the date of the defense. 
  • Optional: Supporting letters from industry or academic scholars (not affiliated with the same university as the nominee).
To be considered, a dissertation must be nominated by the dissertation supervisor(s) by August 11th, 2018. Please submit the nomination package and questions to nazerzad@usc.edu .

2018 Dissertation Award Committee

  • Hamid Nazerzadeh (Chair), Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
  • Ozge Sahin, Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University
  • Xuanming Su, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

[Update] 2018 Dissertation Award Winner

  • Antoine Desir
    • Fundamental Tradeoffs for Modeling Customer Preferences in Revenue Management
    • Advisor: Vineet Goyal (Columbia)

[Update] 2018 Honorable Mentions

  • Anna Papush
    • Data-Driven Methods for Personalized Product Recommendation Systems
    • Advisor: Georgia Perakis (MIT)
  • Rad Niazadeh
    • Algorithms vs. Mechanisms: Mechanism Design for Complex Environments
    • Advisor: Robert Kleinberg (Cornell)
  • Yun Zhou
    • Pricing and Matching in the Sharing Economy
    • Advisor: Ming Hu (Toronto)

Past Winners


Negin Golrezaie (MIT)
Efficient Policies and Mechanisms for Online Platforms
Advisors: Hamid Nazerzadeh and Paat Rusmevichientong (USC)


Maxime Cohen (NYU)
Pricing for Retail, Social Networks and Green Technologies

Advisor: Georgia Perakis (MIT)