David Rist Prize


About the MORS David Rist Prize

The Rist Prize recognizes the practical benefit sound operations research can have on real life decision-making, and seeks the best implemented national security operations research study from those submitted in response to a call for nominations. Recipients of the Rist Prize have influenced major decisions or practices through excellent, applied analyses and research.

Cash Awards

The winner of the Rist Prize will receive $3,000, with honorable mentions receiving up to $1,500. Winners are announced during the annual MORS Symposium.

Submission Requirements and Process


Nominees may be individuals or a group of individuals, conducting work up to the SECRET classification level. Nominations must be for original, implemented, and self-contained contributions to systems or operations research analysis that has provided recognizable new insights into the problem(s) or solution(s) and impacted major decisions. Individuals and teams are eligible to be nominated. Please see the annual call for nominations for more information.

Judging Criteria:

  • Professional Quality
  • Problem definition
  • Citation of related work
  • Description of approach
  • Statement of assumptions
  • Explanation of methodology
  • Analysis of data and sources
  • Sensitivity of analyses (where appropriate)
  • Logical development of analysis and conclusions
  • Summary of presentation and results
  • Contribution to National Security Operations Research and Major Decisions
  • Importance of problem
  • Contribution to insight or solution of the problem
  • Power of generality of the result
  • Originality and innovation
  • Contribution of the study to the decision

Contact recognition@mors.org with any questions.


Past Award Winners

2022 - MAJ Christine C. Krueger, CPT Marty Harris, LTC Spencer Timmons, LTC Christy Licklider, MAJ(R) Harvey Smith, Dr. Joshua Jones, MAJ Michael Lee, Dallas Kuchel, and Craig Flewelling

2021 - MAJ Michael Miller, MAJ Kevin Porter, MAJ James McCray, Mr. Ryan Foullon, M. Matthew Harder, Dr. Jennifer Tarin-Robeck

2020 - Ms. Emily Johnson, Mr. Jake Taylor

2019 - Mr. Christopher Way

2018 - Mr. Brian Rose

2017 - Denis R. Shine and Nicholas K. Kempt

2016 - Mr. Ian Kloo, Mr. Robert Greenway, LTC Sam Huddleston, Michal Haskell, Mr. Abe Usher

2015 - Brian Rose

2014 - Mr. Saiful Hannan

2013 - LtCol David Scott, Capt Aaron Burciaga, Ms. Cynthia Cheek, Ms. Janice Scoggins

2012 - MAJ Matt Dabkowski, COL Bradley Pippin

2011 - Prof. Milind Tambe, Prof. Fernando Ordonez, Mr. Manish Jain, Mr. James Pita, Prof. Christopher Kiekintveld, Erroll Southers, James B. Curren

2010 – Mr. John Andrews, Mr. Patrick McKenna, Ms. Karen Phipps

2009 - Mr. Joseph Mlakar of Marine Corps Combat Development Command

2008 - MAJ Steven J. Sparling, MAJ Robert F. Dell (endorsed by Brig Gen Angelella, USPACOM), Dr William G. Lese, FS.

2007 - Dr. Edward S. Michlovich

2006 - LTC Steven Stoddard, LTC Mark Brantley, LTC Clark Heidelbaugh

2005 - John Zeto, Mark Brantley, Galeraye Collins

2004 - Mark A. Gallagher, Bud Whiteman

2003 - Mark A. Gallagher, Anthony W. Snodgrass and Gregory J. Ehlers

2001 - H. Kent Pickett, W Peter Cherry

2000 - Michael Fischerkeller, Wade Hinkle, Stephen D. Biddle

1999 - Lee J. Lehmkuhl, David J. Lucia, James K. Feldman

1998 - Paul H. Deitz, Michael W. Starks