Yuheng Wang receives Bechhofer Fellowship

By: Pat Gillespie

First-year ORIE Ph.D. student Yuheng Wang has been awarded the Professor Robert E. Bechhofer Fellowship, ORIE Director Mark E. Lewis announced today.

“This fellowship is made possible through the generosity of an anonymous alum, said Lewis, the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Engineering. “The alum explained that Professor Bechhofer had an amazing impact on his life and the lives of all of his students. Recognizing that impact was his way of giving back to the ORIE community.”

Wang graduated from Columbia University this past spring with a bachelor of science in operations research. He completed a 3+2 program, also receiving a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Carleton College of Minnesota.

“It is my great honor to receive the Professor Robert E. Bechhofer Fellowship,” Wang said. “I am very grateful for the support this fellowship will provide me in my Ph.D. studies at Cornell.”

Wang chose Cornell ORIE for its “fantastic resources, community, and professors, which I believe can help me build a solid foundation in operations research.”

“I previously did some research on the spread of COVID-19 under the guidance of Professor Vishal Misra at Columbia,” said Wang. “I hope to further my study at Cornell and focus more on problems that can make an impact on real life. I am now interested in sequential decision-making and stochastic     optimization, where Cornell has abundant resources to help me delve into these areas.”

The Bechhofer Fellowship honors the legacy of long-time ORIE Professor Robert E. Bechhofer, who was a member of the department faculty from 1953-89. He served as Chair of the Department of Operations Research from 1967-75 and Director of the newly-created School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from 1975-77.

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