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Student MORS Recipients
Military Operations Research Society Stephen A. Tisdale Graduate Research Award

The Military Operations Research Society sponsors of the MORS/Tisdale award which is awarded quarterly to a student for outstanding thesis of high quality research which will have immediate or near-term value to the defense of the United States and its allies.

Originally named simply the MORS Award, it was renamed in honor of LCDR Stephen A. Tisdale, an outstanding officer-scholar after his tragic death in the collision of two P-3 Orions conducting a submarine tracking exercise at low altitude off the California coast on 21 March 1991. LCDR Stephen A Tisdale graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1989 with two masters degrees: an M.S. in operations research and an M.S. in space systems operations. His outstanding and influential thesis, "Assessing Optimal Utilization of Potential Anti-Satellite Architectures," won the MORS award. Additionally, he was awarded the prize for top all-around student in the space systems operations curriculum. Steve had unbounded intellectual curiosity, an unflagging desire to solve existing problems and to formulate new ones, and a complete lack of concern for grades.

2019 Awards

Jun 2019 – Capt Courtney Thompson, USMC, Paying for Weight in Blood: An Analysis of Weight and Protection Level of a Combat Load During Tactical Operations
Mar 2019 – LCDR Adam Hilliard, USN, A Drydock Loading Model for Surface Ship Maintenance Availabilities

2018 Awards

Mar 2018 – Lt John Tanalega, USN, Analyzing Unmanned Surface Tactics with the Lightweight Toolbox for Mission Engineering Using Simulation
Jun 2018 – Maj Nicholas Freeman, USMC, Improving the Force Generation Process for Marine Corps Infantry Battalions: A Multi-Component Model to Maximize Readiness with Force Synchronization Decisions
Sep 2018 – Lt Eric Fields, USN, Optimally Allocating Naval Surface Assets in Times of Crisis

2017 Awards

Mar 2017 - LT Allison Hogarth, USN, Improving Navy Recruiting with the New Planned Resource Optimization Model with Experimental Design (PROM-WED)
Jun 2017 - Squadron Leader Salman Aleem, Pakistani Air Force, Analysis of Shiphandlers' EYE-GAZE and Simulation Data for Improvements in COVE-ITS System
Jun 2017 - Maj Manuel Loewer, German Army, An Analysis of Factors that Influence Logistics, Operational Availability, and Flight Hour Supply of the German Attack Helicopter Fleet
Sep 2017 - Lt William Beaumont, USN, Reachability Analysis of Bulk-Fuel to Intermediate Transportation-Nodes (RABIT) in USPACOM Using a Design of Experiments Approach

2016 Awards

Mar 2016 - LCDR Korban Blackburn, OTTER: An Optimized Transit Tool and Easy Reference
June 2016 - CAPT Gregory Zerr, USMC, Optimization of USMC Hornet Inventory
Sep 2016 - CPT Roey Ben-Yoash, Israeli Army, Anti-Submarine Warfare Search Models

2015 Awards

Mar 2015 – LT Timothy Shaffer,USN – Analysis of Hawaii's Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP)
Jun 2015 – Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Hof, German Army - Optimization of Source and Receiver Placement in Multistatic Sonar Environments
Sep 2015 - LCDR John Sprague, Optimal Scheduling of Deferrable Electric Loads in Expeditionary Power Grids

2014 Awards

Mar 2014 – LT David C. Hebert, USN - Radar Resource Management in a Dense Target Environment
June 2014 – Captain Christopher Wood, USMC - What Friends Are For: Collaborative Intelligence Analysis and Search
September 2014 – LT Christian Seymour, USN - Capturing the Full Potential of the Synthetic Theater Operations Research Model (STORM)
December 2014 – Major Ryan D. Colton, USMC - Aerial Refueling Network Analysis

2013 Awards

Mar 13 – LCDR Phillip Moilevsky, USN – Optimizing Transportation of Disaster Relief Material to Support U.S. Pacific Command Foreign Humanitarian Assistance Operations
Jun 13 – 1st LT Begum Ozcan, Turkish Air Force – Effectiveness of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Helping Secure a Border Characterized by Rough Terrain and Active Terrorists
Sep 13 – LCDR J. Ryan McLlaughlin, USN – Optimizing Adversary Training and the Structure of the Navy Adversary Fleet

2012 Awards

Mar 12 – LCDR Walter Kulzy, USN – Modeling and Evaluating Indigenous Populations' Support for their Government and Life Satisfaction
Jun 12 – Major Michael K. Chankij, USMC – Assessing Resiliency of the JP-8 Distribution System on Guam
Sep 12 – LT Matthew T. Yokeley, USN – Effects of Sleep Deprivation on U.S. Navy Surface Ship Watchstander Performance using Alternative Watch Schedules
Dec 12 – MAJ Peter A. Nesbitt, USA, Optimal Interruption of Belligerent Project with Social-Functional Network Interdiction

2011 Awards

Mar 11 – LT Leslie A. Slootmaker, USN, Countering Piracy with the Next Generation Piracy Performance Surface Model
Jun 11 – Capt Maro D. Enoka, USMC, Optimizing Marine Security Guard Assignments
Jun 11 – Capt Joseph D. Rix, USMC, Modeling and Visualizing Complex Survey Results: An Application to Counter Terrorism in the Sahel
Sep 11 – Major Christian Klaus, German Army, Probabilistic Search on Optimized Graph Topologies

2010 Awards

Mar 10 – LT Kenneth L. Byers, Jr., USN. Situational Awareness for Surveillance and Interdiction Operations (SASIO) : tactical installation protection
Jun 10 – Capt Timothy J. Merkle, USMC.
Sep 10 – LCDR Connor S. McLemore, USN. Strike package-target pairing: real-time optimization for Airborne Battlespace Command and Control
Sep 10 – LT Kevin M. Moeller, USN

2009 Awards

Mar 09 – LT Stephen M. Valerio, USN. Probability of kill for VLA ASROC torpedo launch
Jun 09 – Capt Paul Nicholas, USMC. Optimal transmitter placement in wireless mesh networks
Sep 09 – CPT Marco Draeger, German Army. Use of probabilistic topic models for search
Dec 09 – MAJ Charles W. Weko, USAR

2008 Awards

Mar 08 – LT Benjamin P. Abbott, USN. Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission packages: determining the best mix
Jun 08 – LT Ahmad Abdul-Ghaffar, Royal Bahraini Navy, Optimal Employment of Port Radar and Picket Ships to Detect Attacker Speedboats--A Defender-Attacker Optimization Model to Enhance Maritime Domain Awareness
Sep 08 – LT Chad S. Kaiser, USN
Dec 08 – CPT Ong, Cher Howe, Singapore Army. The effects of terrain on a system of systems

2007 Awards

Mar 07 – LT Jamie L. Edens, USN
Jun 07 – LT Matthew W. Foster, USN
Sep 07 – Maj Daniel N. Reber, USMC. Optimized routing of unmanned aerial systems for the interdiction of improvised explosive devices
Dec 07 – MAJ Ryan R. Squires, USA.

2006 Awards

Mar 06 – MAJ Axel Weber, German Army
Jun 06 – MAJ Raymond Y. Shetzline, USA
Sep 06 – LCDR Jason A. Bridges, USN

2005 Awards

Jun 05 – CPT Gary R. Kramlich, USA. The effects of posture, body armor and other equipment on rifleman lethality
Sep 05 – Capt Koichi Takagi, USMC. Applied warfighter ergonomics: a research method for evaluating military individual equipment

2004 Awards

Mar 04 – LT Douglas D. Diehl, USN. How to optimize joint theater ballistic missile defense
Jun 04 – CPT Joseph M. Lindquist, USA. Unstructured high-order galerkin-temporal-boundary methods for the klein-gordon equation with non-reflecting boundary conditions
Sep 04 – Capt Paul M. Schneider, USMC

2003 Awards

Jun 03 – Maj Gregory W. Rouillard, USMC. An improved unsupervised modeling methodology for detecting fraud in vendor payment transactions
Sep 03 – Maj John H. Bruggeman, USMC. A multi-year ammunition procurement model for Department of the Navy non-nuclear ordnance

2002 Awards

Mar 02 – LT Cory L. Culver, USN. Optimally scheduling distribution of the MH-60s helicopter and pilots to combat support (HC) squadrons
Jun 02 – 1stLT Arif I. Ipekci, Turkish Army. How agent based models can be utilized to explore and exploit non-linearity and intangibles inherent in guerrilla warfare
Sep 02 – Maj Samuel P. Mowery, USMC. Enhancing the situational awareness of airfield local controllers
Sep 02 – Maj Casey C. Travers, USMC

2001 Awards

Jun 01 – LT Jonathan B. Haynes, USN
Sep 01 – Maj William Vinyard, USMC. Reducing non-monotonicities in combat models

2000 Awards

Jun 00 – LT Gregory Chapman, USN. Service level optimization for the Marine Corps Institute
Sep 00 – Maj Peter Baumgarten, USMC. Optimization of United States Marine Corps Officer Career Path Selection
Dec 00 – LT Julia M. Lopez, USN. Cost-attribute analysis of restructuring H-60R/S fleet replacement squadrons

1999 Awards

Mar 99 – LCDR James R. Townsend, USN. Defense of Naval Task Forces from Anti-Ship Missile attack
Sep 99 – LT Jack S. Thomas, USN
Dec 99 – LCDR Thomas V. Evanoff, USN

1998 Awards

Mar 98 – LT Scott D. Kuykendall, USN. Optimizing selection of Tomahawk Cruise Missiles
Sep 98 – Maj Arent Arntzen, Royal Norwegian AF. Software Components for Air Defense Planning

1997 Awards

Mar 97 – LT James R. Wimmer, USN. Analyzing and predicting underwater hull coating system wear
Sep 97 – LT Curt A. Renshaw, USN

1996 Awards

Mar 96 – LT Craig T. Schauppner, USN. Optimal aircraft carrier deployment scheduling
Sep 96 – Capt Matthew T. Sampson, USMC. An assessment of the impact of fused monochrome and fused color night vision displays on reaction time and accuracy in target detection

1995 Awards

Mar 95 – LT Daniel B. Widdis, USN. Using negative information to improve performance of forward scatter arrays
Sep 95 – Maj Robert C. Syvertson, USMC. A computer simulation and analysis of the Forward Surgical Team

1994 Awards

Mar 94 – LT Glenn C. Robillard, USN. A wholesale level consumable item inventory model for non-stationary demand patterns
Sep 94 – Capt M. David van Kan, USMC. A probabilistic target classification and description model for seismic sensors

1993 Awards

Mar 93 – LT Robert C. Swallow, USN
Sep 93 – LT David L. Schiffman, USN

1992 Awards

Mar 92 – LT Michael S. Viland, USN
Mar 92 – LT Richard P. Bodziak, USN
Sep 92 – LT Richard A. Brown, USN. A Naval Shipyard optimal drydock loading and capacity utilization model