Foundation led by Clemson professor wins award

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A foundation led by Clemson University associate professor Matthew Saltzman won an award for its work on open-source software.

The foundation, Computational Infrastructure for Operations Research (COIN-OR), won the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Impact Prize.

“We’re really excited,” Saltzman said in a release. “We started with a number of goals 15 years ago. It’s nice to get recognition that we’ve made substantial progress.”

The IMPACT prize, given every two years, awards work in analytics and operations research.

Companies and organizations such as Yahoo, the Environmental Protection Agency and Sandia National Laboratories have utilized COIN-OR’s projects.

The foundation began as an in-house project for IBM in 2000 and spun off as a nonprofit in 2004. It started with four projects and has since expanded to more than 50, Saltzman said in the release.

COIN-OR produces tools that help users solve optimization problems in manufacturing, scheduling, engineering design, finance and other areas.

In an announcement for the award, the institute said, “Software supported by COIN-OR has been an essential part of hundreds of peer-reviewed research papers and is embedded in dozens of software systems, including the most widely used environments for performing analytics.”

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