I received the news when I was at the Cities, Energy, and Complex Systems Workshop in Erice, Sicily, which took place May 11-14, 2014.
Yesterday, I traveled back
from Erice to Palermo to Munich and, finally, to Gothenburg, Sweden where I am a
Professor David E. Boyce sent me a message that the
Transportation Network Modeling Committee of the Transportation Research Board
of the National Academy of Sciences has introduced a best paper award in honor
of my doctoral dissertation advisor at Brown University, Professor Stella
Dafermos. Stella was the second female to receive a PhD in Operations Research
in the world and died at the age of 49.
More information on this award is
Professor Boyce told me that
much of the credit to making this happen belings to Professor Elise Miller-Hooks
and I thank all those who made this important recognition of Stella's great
Stella passed away almost 25 years ago and made
lasting contributions to the modeling of network equilibria in transportation
science, operations research, and economics. When she passed away I was asked to
write an obituary in her honor which was published in our journal Operations
while in Erice, at one of the delicious dinners, I sat next to Dr. Aristides
Patrinos, who is Greek, and who is heading NYU's Center on for Urban Science +
Progress. We ended up talking aout the Dafermos family since he has served on
scientific funding panels with Professor Constantine Dafermos, Stella's
Dr. Patrinos is the only person that I have ever met whose face
graces a postage stamp and he surprised me with a few stamps with his image.