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Tippie College of Business Faculty Recognized for Accomplishments

Two Tippie College of Business faculty members have been recognized for their academic and classroom accomplishments. Management Sciences Professor Kurt Anstreicher recently received notice that a paper he co-authored has been nominated for an award by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics while Finance Associate Professor Thomas George has been recognized with one of the University's 16 Collegiate Teaching Awards.

"Solving Large Quadratic Assignment Problems on Computational Grids," a paper written by Tippie College of Business faculty member Kurt Anstreicher with Nathan Brixius, Jean-Pierre Goux, and Jeff Linderoth, has been nominated for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Activity Group on Optimization Prize.

The paper describes the algorithm and metacomputing implementation that solved the "nug30 "problem. This problem had stumped computer scientists for 32 years since it was posed as a test for computer capabilities by Christopher Nugent and co-authors in 1968. Working with an international network of computers, the team solved this quadratic assignment problem in the summer of 2000.

The SIAM Activity Group on Optimization (SIAG/OPT) Prize, established in 1992, is awarded to the author(s) of the most outstanding paper, as determined by the prize committee, on a topic in optimization published in English in a peer-reviewed journal. The prize is awarded every third year at the triennial SIAM Conference on Optimization, which will be this May in Toronto. The paper is available online at the LINK Information Service.

Anstreicher, who is George Daly Professor of Management Sciences at The University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business, supervised Brixius' doctoral dissertation in the University of Iowa Department of Computer Science. Brixius is now employed at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington. Goux is a former research associate in Northwestern University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and along with Linderoth, was an employee of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Goux and Linderoth are now both in private industry.

Thomas George, associate professor of finance and John Hawkinson Research Fellow, has been named as one of 16 recipients of The University of Iowa 2001-2002 Collegiate Teaching Awards for demonstrating unusually significant and meritorious achievement in teaching.

The UI Council on Teaching names the winners each year. The honor carries a $2,000 award. Students, other faculty members, and department heads make nominations. Award winners are chosen based on how their teaching and informal contacts enhance student learning, an analysis of teaching materials and class activities, scholarly works or creative achievements, and student evaluations of the nominee's teaching ability.

George's teaching assignments have included Fixed-Income Investments, Investment Management, Bonds and Interest Rate Derivatives, Corporate Finance, and Empirical Methods in Finance to doctoral students. A student in the Executive MBA Program wrote, "Tom has high expectations for his students but is compassionate to their strugglesÂ…it is hard to measure, but students intuitively can sense when their rate of academic growth is even surprising themselves. Tom was widely recognized for carrying our class to this level of performance."

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