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Briarcliff Math Teacher Wins Operations Research Prize

JP Fasano, a Briarcliff High School math and computer science teacher, was presented the INFORMS Impact Prize for his work.
JP Fasano, a Briarcliff High School math and computer science teacher, was presented the INFORMS Impact Prize for his work. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Briarcliff High School math and computer science teacher JP Fasano recently returned from San Francisco, where he accepted the INFORMS Impact Prize for his work in the field of operations research.

“Operations research uses mathematical and computational methods for decision-making,” Fasano explained. “The field revolves around a mathematical core consisting of optimization, stochastic systems, simulation, and economics, game and graph theory.”

This year, he was one of several recipients of the Impact Prize at the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences conference, which brings together professionals in the field of operations research.

More than 5,000 people attended this year’s conference, and Fasano said BHS students could have learned a lot as well, especially with a large number of jobs in the operations research area.

“Frequently while I was at the conference, I really wished my kids could have been with me to experience it, too,” he said. “Much of the math is approachable, and the problems being addressed are typically very interesting and relevant.”

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