For the third year in a row, management engineering students have captured the top prize at the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) student paper competition.
Alexandra Hayes, Christian Gould, Kevin Chu, and Srikajan Santhirakumaran came in first in the undergraduate category of this year's competition held recently in Québec City. Their paper, entitled "End-to-End Analytics: Wait Time Management of Ontario MRI Services", was based on the students’ Capstone Design project.
The team previously won a 2016 Baylis Medical Capstone Award and also captured the top prize at the 2017 Management Engineering Design Symposium. The project was supervised by Hossein Abouee Mehrizi, a management sciences professor.
In addition, Gizem Nemutlu, a management sciences doctoral candidate supervised by management sciences professor Fatih Safa Erenay, won second prize in the open category for her paper entitled "Optimal Vaccine Administration Policies Using Multi-dose Vials of Different Sizes."
The student paper competition recognizes the contribution of a paper directly to the field of operational research through the development of methodology or to another field through the application of operational research. The competition showcases the high quality of operational research education in Canada as well as the excellence of the new generation of operational researchers.