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Dissertation of Ben-Akiva advisee Emmanuel Carrier receives honor

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The dissertation of recent graduate Emmanuel Carrier (Ph.D. 2008) received an honorable mention in the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award competition during the INFORMS annual meeting held Oct. 11-14 in San Diego. The award recognizes dissertations that are innovative and relevant to the practice of operations research and the management sciences. Carrier’s dissertation, “Modeling the Choice of an Airline Itinerary and Fare Product Using Booking and Seat Availability Sata,” was nominated jointly by MIT and Amadeus, a global distribution systems (GDS) of travel products and a provider of software solutions to the travel industries. Amadeus was a partial sponsor of Carrier’s graduate research and provided the data used in his dissertation, which was supervised by Professor Moshe Ben-Akiva and Peter Belobaba, principal research scientist in aeronautics and astronautics. Carrier is now working at AI Systems in Kirkland, Wash.