5 students for best paper award (Mohammad Jalali, Armin Ashouri Rad, Oscar Herrera-Restrepo, Hui (Corinna) Zhang, and Arash Baghaei Lakeh)

Mohammad Jalali, Armin Ashouri Rad, Oscar Herrera-Restrepo, Hui (Corinna) Zhang, and Arash Baghaei Lakeh
(from left) Mohammad Jalali, Armin Ashouri Rad, Oscar Herrera-Restrepo, Hui (Corinna) Zhang, and Arash Baghaei Lakeh

(July 27, 2015)  Five ISE Ph.D. students received the best paper and honorable mention awards, respectively, at the 2015 International System Dynamics (SD) conference in Cambridge, MA. Mohammad Jalali, Armin Ashouri Rad, Oscar Herrera-Restrepo, and Hui (Corinna) Zhang received the Dana Meadows Award given as the best student paper for their paper, Information Diffusion through Social Networks: the Case of an Online Petition. The study was a novel combination of SD modeling and statistical analysis applied for understanding social dynamics of online petitions. They modeled a real world case and offered new insights into how social dynamics can result in successfully recruiting more supports for an online petition.

Arash Baghaei Lakeh received honorable mention of the best student paper award for his paper, Does Analytical Thinking Improve Understanding of Accumulation? The paper was co-authored by Dr. Navid Ghaffarzadegan. The paper described the investigation of people's difficulty in understanding accumulation, which is a fundamental concept in complex systems. Arash conducted an experiment with 400 individuals, and proposed a low-cost intervention to help improve individuals' understanding of the concept.

A former ISE Faculty Dr. Hazhir Rahmandad received the Jay W. Forrester Award, the most prestigious award in the SD Society. The award was given to the best publication in System Dynamics during the previous five years. Dr. Rahmandad received the award for his 2012 paper, Impact of Growth Opportunities and Competition on Firm-Level Capability Development Trade-offs, published in Organization Science. His presentation about the paper is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/gbYrChNrbDU.

Official announcements about the awards and pictures are available at the System Dynamics Society website.