Vance R. Wanner Memorial Award


About the MORS Vance R. Wanner Memorial Award

Named after the Society's first Executive Secretary, the Wanner Award is a living memorial to Vance R. Wanner, recognizing a national security operations research professional who played a major role in strengthening the profession.Winners of this award demonstrate sustained service and excellence as leaders in the conduct of national security operations research, resulting in significant contributions to the security of our nation.

Recipients of this award have demonstrated timely and responsive contributions that address the evolving needs of military and national security operations research. They are well trained and educated professionals and have supported a substantial body of professional methodology. Recipients exemplify effective, strong leadership, and imbue a deep sense of ethical conduct.

Calls for nomination are released every spring.

Submission Requirements and Process

Criteria: Nominees for the Wanner Memorial 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 operations research as a unique scientific discipline, and as a means for providing technically sound alternatives to decision makers. 
  3. Sustained excellent performance as a leader and a manager in the conduct of national security operations research, resulting in important contributions to national security. 
  4. Extension of individual knowledge and talents to others in the profession of military and national security operations research leading to improvement of analytic capabilities and managerial competence. 
  5. Contribution to the institutional aims, goals, and professional status of MORS, leading to long-term enhancement of its role in providing a forum not otherwise available to the community.

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

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Past Award Winners

2022 - Dr. William Forest Crain, FS

2021 - Dr. George Akst

2020 - Dr. Robert F. Dell

2019 - Dr. John A. Battilega

2018 - Ms. Virginia R. Beall

2017 - Mr. Edward "Ted" A. Smyth, FS

2016 - Dr. Jacqueline Henningsen, FS

2015 - Mr. Ervin Kapos, FS

2014 - Mr. John F. "Jack" Keane, FS

2013 - Dr. Gregory S. Parnell, FS

2012 - BG (Ret) Michael L. McGinnis, FS

2011 - Dr. Andrew G. Loerch, FS

2010 - Mr. Andrew W. Marshall

2009 - Mr. Stuart H. Starr, FS

2008 - Mr. Thomas L. Allen, FS

2007 - Mr. Walter W. Hollis, FS

2006 - Mr. Roy E. Rice, FS

2005 - Mr. Vernon M. Bettencourt, FS

2004 - Mr. David M. Maddox

2003 - Ms. Natalie W. Crawford

2002 - Mr. Michael F. Bauman, FS

2001 - Mr. William G. Lese, Jr., FS

2000 - Mr. Seymour J. Deitchman

1999 - Mr. Donald B. Rice

1998 - Mr. Larry D. Welch

1997 - Mr. Paul K. Davis, FS

1996 - Mr. Edward C. Brady, FS

1995 - Mr. E.B. Vandiver III, FS

1994 - Mr. James N. Bexfield, FS

1993 - Mr. David S.C. Chu

1992 - Mr. John D. Robinson

1991 - Marion L. Williams, FS

1990 - Mr. John K. Walker, Jr., FS

1989 - Mr. Wayne P. Hughes, Jr., FS

1988 - Mr. Clayton J. Thomas, FS

1987 - Mr. Wilbur B. Payne, FS

1986 - Mr. Seth Bonder, FS

1985 - Ms. Marion R. Bryson, FS

1984 - Mr. David A. Schrady, FS

1983 - Mr. Jasper A. Welch, Jr.

1982 - Mr. Walter L. Deemer

1981 - Mr. Jack R. Borsting, FS

1980 - Mr. Glenn A. Kent

1979 - Mr. Bernard O. Koopman