08 January 2013

Pin Pin Oh and Karol Opara win Mikhalevich Award 2012

The Selection Committee for the Mikhalevic Award has completed its review of the 2012 nominations. Congratulations to the winners!

Pin Pin Oh and Karol Opara © IIASA

Pin Pin Oh and Karol Opara © IIASA

The Mikhalevich Award was given to Pin Pin Oh from Malaysia and Karol Opara from Poland for their co-authored paper entitled "Kinetic and Thermodynamic Modelling of Biodiesel Reaction". Both Young Scientists were spending their summer in IIASA's Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA) Program.

Pin Pin Oh is currently a PhD student at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia and a researcher at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board. Her main fields of scientific interest include mathematical modelling, process simulation and optimization, bioenergy and membrane separation.

Karol Opara works at the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His research interests focus on stochastic optimization algorithms, applied statistics and
economic aspects of road management.

Their joint work is a great example of the positive effect the Young Scientists Summer Program can have on two scientists with different backgrounds working on the same topic. It received great internal and external reviews and was perceived as “an overall strong paper, fun to read, with a beautiful optimization technique”.

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