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OR Dept. Selects Top Student Thesis During MORS Tisdale Competition
U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Brian H. Abel

OR Dept. Selects Top Student Thesis During MORS Tisdale Competition

By MC2 Brian H. Abel

Lt. Jesse Nunez briefs his thesis, "Particle Filtering Methods for Incorporating Intelligence Updates," during the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) Tisdale Competition, Feb. 16 in Glasgow Hall. The competition is named in honor of Lt. Cmdr. Stephen A. Tisdale, a past Operations Research graduate and winner of the award who was lost in a military aircraft accident in 1991 while serving with Patrol Squadron 50.

"Students are nominated by their thesis advisers and approved by the department chair," said Operations Research (OR) Program Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Connor McLemore. "It takes place every quarter we have a graduating cohort that has at least two nominees."

The primary criteria for the award is research that leads to demonstration of, or potential for, increased operating effectiveness of currently available or near-term assets, as opposed to refinement of quantitative techniques or future system requirements.

"Research in areas other than those applied to current or near-term forces may be considered for the award if the results are clearly of far-ranging impact on the missions of the services concerned," said McLemore.

Four upcoming OR graduates participated in the competition, each with 10 minutes to impress the judges, who immediately determine the winner. "The OR faculty at NPS establishes the specific standards for the prize and selects the winner for each class," McLemore added.

Taking the top spot in this quarter's competition is Lt. Allison Hogarth and her thesis, "Improving Navy Recruiting with the New Planned Resource Optimization Model with Experimental Design (PROM-WED)."

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February 2017