Dr James Tipping, Manager of Strategy and Regulation, Trustpower, was announced the Young Energy Professional of the Year at the 2017 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards on 9 August 2017. James is a member of ORSNZ and completed his PhD at the University of Canterbury, supervised by Grant Read, Don McNickle and Deb Chattopadhyay.
The Operations Research Society of New Zealand celebrated its 50th annual conference last week at the 2016 Joint NZSA+ORSNZ Conference held at the Auckland University of Technology.
After the morning plenary on the first day of the conference, Prof. Andy Philpott (a former president of the society) noted that this is in fact the 51st anniversary of the society (having been established in 1965). However, since there was no ORSNZ conference in 1997 (members instead attended the APORS conference in Sydney), last week’s conference was indeed our 50th.
A cake was provided at the morning tea break in celebration. The (envy-free) cutting of the cake problem was solved by having Andy Philpott and Grant Read jointly make the first cut.