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Dr. David P. Morton receives presidential award

     President Clinton selected Dr. David Morton, assistant professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, as one of 20 young National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported researchers to receive the second annual Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers on Oct. 24.

     The presidential honor is the highest bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding young scientists and engineers who are in the early stages of their independent research careers.

     "It was certainly nothing I expected, and it's nothing you earn as an individual. I work with highly talented UT faculty and students in both the engineering and business schools, and in local industry. This award recognizes the importance of operations research in a national sense, as well as the strength of the operations research program at UT," Morton said.

     Morton specializes in operations research with applications in manufacturing and telecommunications. He graduated from Stetson University with a B.S. degree (1987) in mathematics and physics and from Stanford University with an M.S. degree (1990) and Ph.D. (1993) in operations research.

     Before coming to UT in 1995, he spent two years at the Naval Postgraduate School, first as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and then as a visiting assistant professor. He is a recipient of an NSF Early Faculty Career award, the 1997 Rist Paper Price, the 1994 George E. Nicholson Paper Prize, and was a finalist for the 1994 George B. Danzig Dissertation Award.

     His current research focuses on developing ways to standardize decision making to help managers take into consideration a full range of contingencies. He also has worked on projects involving specific applications in water resources, electric power systems, manufacturing, strategic airlift, finance and telecommunications.