[From: University of Auckland News, December 2001, page 11]
Professor David Ryan (Engineering Science) has been awarded the inaugural Hans Daellenbach Prize for operational research. It recognises his groundbreaking work on scheduling problems and its application to crew scheduling in the New Zealand airline industry.
Professor Ryan was presented with the award at the 36th annual conference of the Operations Research Society of New Zealand held recently in Christchurch. He received $1000 and addressed the conference on his work. The prize is awarded every two years at most. It honours the considerable contributions to operations research and management science in this country of Emeritus Professor Hans Daellenbach (Department of Management, University of Canterbury).
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Tom Barnes, describes Professor Ryan’s research as “an excellent example of the kind of theoretical and applied work that this prize is intended to recognise. He has an outstanding international reputation evidenced by many prestigious publications in top operations research and management science journals.
“This prize is in addition to other international recognition that Professor Ryan and his graduate students have received for their work at Air New Zealand. They won the 1999 IPENZ Engineering Excellence Award in Information Technology and last year, along with Air New Zealand, were finalists in the prestigious international Franz Edelman Award for Excellence in Operations Research and Management Science.”