Clayton J. Thomas Award


About the MORS Clayton J. Thomas Award

The Wanner Memorial Award recognizes distinguished professional service to the operations research community through expanded application of military and national security research, and raising the standards of the profession. Established in 1978, the award is named in honor of CDR Vance R. Wanner, USN, who joined the MORS Executive Committee in 1963, serving as the driving force behind daily operations by administering contract arrangements with the Office of Naval Research Sponsor. Following incorporation of the Society in 1966, CDR Wanner was appointed as Executive Secretary, a position he held from 1966 until his passing in 1977. During his tenure and association with MORS, the annual symposia grew from roughly 50 attendees with almost 70 papers and reports to over 800 attendees, with some 50 general session papers, and 250 working group presentations.

Submission Requirements and Process

Criteria: Nominees for the Thomas Award should exhibit the following: 

  1. Distinguished service over time to the profession of military and national security operations research. 
  2. Enhancement of the image and substance of military and national security operations research as a unique scientific discipline, and as a means for providing technically sound alternatives to defense decision makers. 
  3. Sustained, outstanding performance as a practitioner in military and national security operations research, resulting in important improvements to our tools and to the application of our analytical capabilities. 
  4. Extension of individual knowledge and talents to others in the profession of military and national security operations research leading to improvement of our analytic capabilities. 

NOTE: Current MORS Sponsors and MORS Board Members are not eligible for this award. 

Contact with any questions.

Past Award Winners

2022 - Dr. Dean S. Hartley, III

2021 - Ms. Pamela I. Blechinger

2020 - Dr. Janet A. McLeavey

2019 - Brig Gen Andrew P. Armacost, USAF

2018 - Mr. Harrison Schramm

2017 - Mr. Dennis R. Baer

2016 - Dr. Timothy Hope

2015 - Dr. Harry J. Thie, FS

2014 - Mr. Kirk A. Michealson, FS

2013 - Dr. Mark A. Gallagher

2012 - Dr. William Forrest Crain

2011 - Dr. Robert S. Sheldon, FS

2010 - Dr. Gerald G. Brown

2009 - Mr. Richard F. Deckro

2008 - Mr. Richard E. Rosenthal

2007 - Mr. Jerome J. Bracken

2006 - Mr. Stephen J. Balut

2005 - Alan R. Washburn

2004 - Mr. Stuart H. Starr, FS

2003 - Mr. Joseph J. Bolmarcich

2002 - Mr. Gregory S. Parnell, FS

2001 - Mr. Edward P. Kerlin

2000 - Mr. Alfred G. Brandstein

1999 - Mr. Robert L. Helmbold