2014 Faculty and Ph.D. Awards Honor Excellence in Teaching and Research

2014 Faculty Awards

In recognition of their outstanding work with students and exceptional classroom instruction, three distinguished faculty teaching awards were announced during the 2014 Graduate Degree Diploma Ceremony. The winners are as follows:

2014 George Leyland Bach Award (MBA)

  • Sevin Yeltekin, Associate Professor of Economics

This award was created in 1985 when the Graduate School of Industrial Administration Teaching Award, established in 1976, was renamed in honor of Dean Bach. “Lee” Bach was the visionary founding dean of Carnegie Mellon’s graduate business school, whose research and academic rigor dramatically altered U.S. business management education. The annual honoree for outstanding classroom instruction is chosen by the graduating MBA class from a list of faculty member nominees. Previous winners are eligible for repeated selection after a five-year period.

2014 Gerald Thompson Award (Undergraduate Business)

  • Mustafa Akan, Assistant Professor of Operations Management

This award is named in honor of Gerald Thompson, the IBM Professor of Systems and Operations Research and faculty member from 1951-2001. Thompson is warmly remembered as a highly popular educator who dedicated his career to teaching and effective research. Recipients of this distinction for outstanding classroom instruction are selected by the undergraduate business students and the undergraduate business program administration.

2014 Richard Cyert Award (Economics)

  • Christopher Sleet, Professor of Economics

This award is named in honor of “Dick” Cyert, one of the original developers of Carnegie Mellon’s graduate business school and its second dean, who also served as CMU president from 1972-1990. The award was established in 1984 to honor teaching excellence in the undergraduate economics program. Faculty candidates are chosen by a selection committee based on criteria that include innovation in the classroom and syllabus, class size and contributions to extracurricular and metacurricular activities. Previous winners are eligible for repeated selection after a five-year period.

2014 Ph.D. Awards

Earlier this year, 3 Ph.D. candidates were honored with dissertation awards in recognition of excellence in research. The winners are as follows:

The 2014 Gerald L. Thompson Doctoral Dissertation Award in Management Science

  • Negar Soheili Azad

Ms. Soheili Azad’s advisor is Javier Peña, professor of operations research, and she is recognized for her research titled “Elementary Algorithms for Solving Convex Optimization Problems.”

The Herbert A. Simon Doctoral Dissertation Award in Behavioral Research in the Administrative Sciences

  • Nazli Turan

Ms. Turan’s advisors are Professors Laurie R. Weingart, the Carnegie Bosch Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, and Rosalind M. Chow, assistant behavior of organizational behavior and theory, and she is recognized for her research titled “Concession Frames in Distributive Negotiations.”

The William W. Cooper Doctoral Dissertation Award in Management or Management Science

  • Selvaprabu Nadarajah

Mr. Nadarajah’s advisor is Professor Nicola Secomandi, associate professor of operations management, and he is recognized for his research titled “Approximate Dynamic Programming for Commodity and Energy Merchant Operations.”