Professor Kate Smith-Miles Awarded Top Medal from Operations Research Society
The Australian Society for Operations Research (ASOR) has awarded Professor Kate Smith-Miles its top honour, the Ren Potts Medal, announced at its annual conference in Canberra this week.
The national medal honours a person for outstanding contributions to the theory or practice of operations research in Australia.
ASOR first started awarding this medal in the mid-1990s. Kate is only the 10th recipient of the award, and the first woman to receive it.
Kate’s research has focused on many different applications: developing ground-breaking methods to better test algorithms, and working with real-world problems involving transportation networks, cancer, insurance, the stock market, and mobile phones, to name a few.
Kate is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at The University of Melbourne and an Australian Research Council Australian Laureate Fellow. In 2017, the Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM) Society awarded her the E.O. Tuck Medal for outstanding research and distinguished service over the last 20 years. Kate is also the immediate past President of the Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS), whose medal she was awarded in 2010.