ORFE Senior Nicholas Johnson '20 named Princeton University Valedictorian

Photo of Nicholas Johnson standing by Sherrerd Hall.

ORFE Senior Nicholas Johnson will be Princeton University’s Class of 2020 valedictorian. This exceptional honor makes Nicholas the first Princeton valedictorian majoring in ORFE. Nicholas' senior thesis is advised by ORFE Professor Miklos Racz, on“Sequential Stochastic Network Structure Optimization with Applications to Addressing Canada’s Obesity Epidemic”, which also has applications to public health interventions designed to increase adherence to strict social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19. Another of Nicholas' mentors is ORFE Professor William Massey: “Professor Massey inspired me by sharing his ever-present love for operations research and through his advocacy for black and African American students in STEM fields,” Johnson said. “He encouraged me to pursue increasingly ambitious research projects and to share my work at academic conferences''. Nicholas will join the Ph.D. program in Operations Research at MIT this Fall.