2009 seems to bring many opportunities for operations research students (both graduates and undergraduates) to compete on solving real-world problems:
* First, there is the new Doing Good with Good OR Student Competition that emphasizes the societal impact of a work that uses operations research and management science tools.
* Apparently, by now, all spots are filled but the Association of Operations Management is having an Operations Management Case Study Competition on Feb 6-7th in LA.
* (updated 2/2/09) There is still time for this one: AIMMS-CPLEX/MOPTA Optimization Modeling Competition for graduate students. Model and report due by: April 30, Thursday, 7pm EDT.
* This one’s a bit tangential but there are a number of operations researchers working on homeland security: The Third Annual National Security Innovation Competition (NSIC) for college students. It seems to emphasize technology but a decision making tool in this area could be a new technology or part of a new technology.
Besides these, of course, there are many research paper competitions given by different sections & societies of INFORMS at our Annual Meeting. So, students, go & seize one of these opportunities…