A.W. Tucker Prize
citations 2012
past winners
The A. W. Tucker Prize was established by the Society in 1985, and was
first awarded at the Thirteenth International Symposium on Mathematical Programming in
1988. Beginning in 2009, it will be awarded at each International Symposium on Mathematical
Programming for an outstanding doctoral thesis.
Nominations are screened by Tucker Prize Committee. At most three finalists are chosen. The
finalists and winner are announced and the Prize is awarded at the plenary session of the
International Symposium on Mathematical Programming at which prizes are announced, which is
customarily the opening ceremony. The finalists are invited to give oral presentations of
their work at a special session of the Symposium.
Eligibility
The doctoral thesis must have been approved formally (with signatures) by the nominee's
thesis committee between March 1 of the calendar year in which the previous International
Symposium on Mathematical Programming was held, and March 1 of the calendar year of the
upcoming symposium. The thesis may concern any aspect of mathematical optimization.
Tucker Prize Committee
The chair will appoint for each award a prize committee consisting of five
members (the "Tucker Prize Committee"). The chair will designate one of the members
as chair of the Tucker Prize Committee. The members will normally serve staggered terms
covering two successive Symposia, with two or three members retiring after each International
Symposium on Mathematical Programming.
Nominations
Nominations must be made by electronic mail to the chair of the Tucker Prize Committee. The
nominator must be a faculty member at the institution that awards the nominee's doctoral
degree, or a member of the nominee's thesis committee. The applications should consist of pdf
files of the following material: a letter of nomination; the nominee's thesis; a separate
summary of the thesis' contributions, written by the nominee, no more than eight (8) pages in
length; and a brief biographical sketch of the nominee. The Tucker Prize Committee may request
additional information. Nominations and the accompanying documentation are due by March 15 of
the calendar year of the upcoming International Symposium on Mathematical Programming, and
must be written in a language acceptable to the Tucker Prize Committee.
Selection
The Tucker Prize Committee will select the finalists and winner at least two months prior
to the beginning of the International Symposium on Mathematical Programming. It will notify
the Chair of the MOS and the Chair of the Executive Committee at that time. Selection will be
based on the significance of the contribution, skillfulness of the development, and quality of
exposition.
Monetary Award and Travel Costs
The winner will receive an award of $1000 and a certificate. The other finalists will also
receive certificates. The Society will also pay partial travel expenses for each finalist to
attend the International Symposium on Mathematical Programming. Reimbursements will normally
be limited to $750. This limit may be varied at the discretion of the Council of the Society,
taking into account the amount of endowment income available and other factors. The nominee's
doctoral institution will be encouraged to assist any nominee selected as a finalist with
additional travel expense reimbursement.
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Past Winners of the Tucker Prize
Year 
Winners 
Other Finalists 
Jury 
1988 
Andrew Goldberg 

Bland, Kuhn, Tucker II, Wolsey 
1991 
Michel Goemans 
Leslie Hall, Mark Hartmann 
Cottle, Liebling, Tapia, Tucker II 
1994 
David Williamson 
Dick Den Hertog, Jiming Liu 
Conn, Cunningham, Gonzaga, Liebling, Vial 
1997 
David Karger 
Jim Geelen, Luis Nunes Vicente 
Anstreicher, Burkard, Nocedal, Vial, Williamson 
2000 
Bertrand Guenin 
Kamal Jain, Fabian Chudak 
Anstreicher, Burkard, den Hertog, Karger, Lee 
2003 
Tim Roughgarden 
Pablo Parrilo,
Jiming Peng

R. Burkard (Chair), Th. McCormick, J. Sturm, L. Trotter 
2006 
Uday V. Shanbhag 
José Rafael Correa,
Dion Gijswijt

Th. McCormick (Chair), M. Laurent, J.S. Pang, R. Schultz 
2009 
Mohit Singh 
Tobias Achterberg, Jiawang Nie 
F. Rendl (chair), F. Bonnans, F. Eisenbrand, S. Leyffer, R. Schultz 
2012 
Oliver Friedmann 
Amitabh Basu, Guanghui Lan 
D. Ralph (Chair), M. Anjos, F. Eisenbrand, B. Fortz, B. Morini 
