EngSci thesis project selected as 2020 INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Prize Finalist

Anna Deza


Congratulations to recent graduate Anna Deza (EngSci 2T0)!  Her fourth year thesis work has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2020 INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Prize.  Deza conducted this research–titled A Multistage Stochastic Integer Programming Approach to Distributed Operating Room Scheduling–under the supervision of Professor Merve Bodur (MIE).

Deza’s gained extensive research experience during her undergraduate studies in EngSci.  She completed three summer research placements, including two through the Engineering Science Research Opportunities Program (ESROP): first with Université Paris-Saclay after her first year, and at Technion in Israel after her third year.  She is now a PhD student at the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in industrial engineering and operations research.

“EngSci is a program that really fosters undergraduate research,” says Deza.  “I’m grateful to the thesis course coordinator, Professor Alan Chong, for some very helpful workshops he provided that contributed to the quality of my work.”

The final competition of research presentations will take place in the second week of November at the virtual INFORMS Annual Meeting.  Good luck, Anna!

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