The first DataFest at Princeton was held on March 28-30, 2014 in Sherrerd Hall. DataFest is a data analysis competition where teams of up to five undergraduates have a weekend to attack a large and complex dataset. This year’s event consisted of 46 participants with 13 teams competing. The competition was sponsored by the Operations Research & Financial Engineering department, along with the Princeton Statistics Laboratory, the Computational Stochastic Optimization and Learning Department of Operations Research, RJMetrics, and the IBM Academic Initiative. It was organized Professors Philippe Rigollet, Han Liu, and Deborah Nolan.
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Professor Robert Vanderbei finds academic inspiration through the lens of his camera in this video of "Catching Snowflakes". Vanderbei is a mathematician with a specialized, artistic hobby. His hobby involves the creative use of camera lenses and image-enhancing software.
Jianqing Fan has been awarded the Guy Medal in Silver of Royal Statistical Society for 2014 for his path-breaking research in high-dimensional statistical learning and inferences, important contributions to non-parametric and semi-parametric statistics, and his service to the international statistical community.
Professor Ramon van Handel received the Princeton Engineering Council Excellence in Teaching Award for the teaching of his Fall 2013 class ORF 473, Special Topics in Operations Research and Financial Engineering - Stochastic Methods for Quantitative Finance. This award is a student-motivated and student determined award for excellence in teaching at Princeton.
Professor Warren Powell has been awarded an honorary doctorate from The University of Quebec at Montreal . The degree was given for his development of quantitative approaches to complex operational problems and in particular to his transformative contributions to the field of transportation logistics.
ORFE Major, Dee Luo, Class of 2016, participated this past summer in Princeton’s International Internship Program in Kampala, Uganda. Dee worked for the Bayimba Cultural Foundation developing an official marketing and advertising strategy document for the organization.