The Donald and Joyce Hearn Graduate Research Award

Dr. Donald W. Hearn, Professor Emeritus in ISE University of Florida, was the department Chair of Industrial Engineering from 1997 to 2007. He received an undergraduate degree in physics at the University of North Carolina as a Morehead Scholar and received Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University in management science and operations research. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of The Institute of Operations Research and Management Science. He is a preeminent scholar in applied optimization and transportation science.

From 2007 to 2012 he was program manager for Optimization and Discrete Mathematics at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). From 2015, he was a co-program manager and consultant for Service, Manufacturing and Operations Research at the National Science Foundation. He has been a software consultant for federal agencies, including the USDA (environmental impacts of pesticides), HUD (new community development), FAA (aviation system maintenance) and DOT (urban transportation network models and algorithms). He and his wife Joyce established The Donald and Joyce Hearn Graduate Research Award to recognize a Ph.D. student in ISE for their contributions to the applications and theory of operations research in 2011.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must be a student pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • The applicant’s GPA must be at least 3.5

To apply, complete and submit this form.