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2019 College of Supply Chain Management Student Paper Competition

This year Georgia Perakis from MIT with co-chairs Dorothee Honhon from the University of Texas at Dallas and Pelin Pekgün from the University of South Carolina chaired our Student Paper Competition. We received 38 papers. The papers were judged by 12 referees with two referees per paper. Note that MIT-affiliated papers were handled by the competition co-chairs and judged by non-MIT affiliated referees to avoid any conflicts of interest. Based on the referee evaluations, six finalists were chosen. These finalists were invited to present their paper at two sessions at the POMS Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Each paper was allotted 20 minutes for the presentation, followed by a 10-minute Q&A session in front of a jury. Presentation quality was taken into account to decide the first and second prize winners, which were announced at the business meeting on Saturday May 4th. The jury was composed of Basak Kalkanci, Ken Moon, Pelin Pekgün, Morvarid Rahmani, Wei Sun and Sean Willems.
All six finalists were awarded up to $500 of support for out-of-pocket expenses and complementary conference registration for the 2019 Annual POMS conference.

The first prize, which was accompanied by a $600 honorarium, was awarded to Tamar Cohen-Hillel and Lennart Baardman from MIT for their paper entitled " Detecting Customer Trends for Optimal Promotion Targeting ", co-written with their advisor Georgia Perakis (MIT Sloan School of Management), and Setareh Borjian Boroujeni and Kiran Panchamgam (Oracle Corporation).


The second prize, which was accompanied by a $300 honorarium, was awarded to two finalists this time:

Aravind Govindarajan from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor for his paper entitled " Distribution-free Inventory Risk Pooling in Multilocation Newsvendor ", co-written with advisor Joline Uichanco, and Amitbh Sinha (, and Amrita Kundu from London Business School for her paper entitled " Disruptions, Resilience and Performance of Emerging Market Entrepreneurs: Evidence from Uganda ", co-written with advisor Kamalini Ramdas, and Stephen J. Anderson (Stanford University)mini12.jpgmini13.jpg

Honorary mentions, accompanied by a $100 prize, were given to the three remaining finalists:

Harish Guda, University of Texas at Dallas: "An Economic Analysis of Agricultural Support Prices in Developing Economies"
Advisor: Milind Dawande
Divya Singhvi, MIT: "Sequential Learning of Product Recommendations with Customer Disengagement"
Advisor: Georgia Perakis
Qinshen Tang, National University of Singapore: "Joint Pricing and Production: A Fusion of Machine Learning and Robust Optimization"
Advisor: Melvyn Sim



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