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The award’s plaque has this inscription:
“Ramesh Sharda’s research on the comparison of linear and mixed integer programming software on personal computers in the mid 1980’s led him to join the Computer Science Technical Section (CSTS), the predecessor of ICS. By 1988, he had become the General Chairperson for the first CSTS meeting held in Williamsburg, Virginia (this was the second CSTS meeting; the first was in Denver).
This 1989 meeting attracted nearly 160 OR/CS attendees, George Dantzing gave the meeting plenary lecture. Ramesh co-edited the conference volume. Everything about the meeting was first rate, from the strong scientific program to the high quality of the conference venue. The success of this meeting created a buzz among the CSTS membership. Ramesh set the bar high for (and ensured that there would be) future meetings.
In 1992, Ramesh served as a program co-chair of the third CSTS meeting and he again co-edited the conference volume. In addition, Ramesh was a member of the Organization Committee for the 1994 CSTS meeting. In the early years (the late 1980s to early 1990s), Ramesh was the key player in putting the CSTS meetings on the conference map. He essentially created the blueprint for successful meetings.
Ramesh has contributed in numbers other ways, as well. He served as Chair of CSTS and a member of the ICS Board of Directors and the ICS Prize Committee. He has been a long-time Associate Editor of the INFORMS Journal on computing. In the early 1990s he launched the OR/CS Interfaces Series with Kluwer Academic Publishers. This book series has published more than 50 titles.
For nearly 25 years, Ramesh Sharda has helped govern, shape, and promoted CSTS and ICS. We thank Ramesh for his extensive service to the Society by awarding him the 2013 Harvey J. Greenberg Service Award.”