RENO, NV: Zhili Zhou (PhD ’10) took second place for the 2011 Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers for her dissertation entitled “Multi-Stage Discrete Optimization Under Uncertainty and Lot-Sizing”. The award recognizes outstanding doctoral dissertation research in industrial engineering. She was honored at the IIE Annual Conference held in May 2011 in Reno, NV. Before joining in our department, Zhili obtained her Master degree in Mathematics from Nanjing University, China in 2006. After graduation, she immediately joined IBM Watson Research Center in fall 2010. She was advised by Professor Yongpei Guan.