MIE Professor Ozlem Ergun, who is part of the UN World Food Programme team, won the INFORMS 2021 Franz Edelman Award for their project on “Towards Zero Hunger with Analytics.”
The Franz Edelman Award recognizes and rewards outstanding examples of operations research, management science, and advanced analytics. The UN World Food Programme. the world’s leading humanitarian organization and 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is saving and changing lives by delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.
In 2020, WFP assisted nearly 100 million people across 88 countries. Analytics has underpinned WFP’s management of its vast and complex humanitarian operations, helping it reach more people, respond faster in emergencies, and realize significant savings that are used to improve lives and empower communities.