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Singh Receives Early Career Award Named for Former Carnegie Mellon Faculty Member

Param Vir Singh felt an abiding connection when he was named as one of the three inaugural winners of the 2015 INFORMS Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award.

The award recognizes an early-career individual on a “path toward making outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline.” The criteria includes scholarly contributions to: theory, practice and research; intellectual leadership; and other work that could provide a platform for future success.

Those epitomize traits embodied by Slaughter, a longtime faculty member who preceded Singh at the Tepper School of Business and crossed paths with him often while she worked at Georgia Tech. She died unexpectedly Nov. 3, 2014 at age 56.

“It had special meaning to me,” Singh, Carnegie Bosch Junior Faculty Chair and associate professor of business technologies, said of the award bestowed Nov. 1-4 at the Philadelphia conference of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). “Even after she left CMU, she was still involved with some of the software development research going on here. So I got a chance to interact with her quite a bit. As a department editor, Sandy also played a crucial and constructive role in helping to shape some of my early work in Management Science.

“From my interactions with Sandy over the years in conferences and research talks, and when she handled my papers at various journals, I can tell you first-hand that she was a proponent of assisting junior faculty in their careers: How can I get these people published? How can I help them grow?

The first award named for Slaughter, a former Xerox Research Chair at Carnegie Mellon University and a colleague who supported and groomed junior faculty, was given to three people separately for their individual work in the eight years since earning a doctorate. One of Singh’s fellow winners, Eric Overby, worked alongside Slaughter since 2007 at the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech. The third awardee was Gal Oestreicher-Singer from Tel-Aviv University.

Sandra Slaughter, former faculty

“As her colleague, I had the distinct pleasure of watching Sandy grow here at Tepper from a newly minted Ph.D. to a Chair Professor in the course of merely 12 years,” said Tridas Mukhopadhyay, Deloitte Consulting Professor of e-Business and professor of business technologies. “As she gained international recognition, she carried more and more of a load on her shoulders, especially editorial work. But her demeanor always remained bright and sunny. In particular, she remained exceptionally open and helpful to Ph.D. students and junior faculty.

“It gives me great pleasure to note that the first recipient of the national award in her name has gone to another Tepper faculty, Dr. Param Singh.”

Singh added: “I am delighted and honored. This is a really prestigious award. I feel like the interdisciplinary Tepper environment played a huge role in shaping my research. I got a chance to work on cutting-edge problems related to technology in business with highly accomplished colleagues and brilliant Ph.D. students across multiple areas, all of which had a great impact on my research.”


Singh is one of several faculty members to win recent research awards. Other awardees include: Gérard Cornuéjols, Fatma Kılınç-Karzan, John Hooker and Sridhar Tayur.