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Dr. Buchanan Receives the National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Dr. Austin Buchanan joined OSU IEM as an assistant professor in August 2015. Prior to that, he earned a BS in IEM from OSU and a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Texas A&M University. He works in operations research, and is particularly interested in network optimization problems that have connectivity or distance constraints. He currently serves as an associate editor for the academic journals Networks and Optimization Letters. He is an active member of INFORMS and has served in leadership roles in the Optimization Society, the Subdivisions Council, and the Section on Telecommunications & Network Analytics. His research is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and private industry.

Beginning in June 2020, Dr. Buchanan will lead a 5-year research project funded by the NSF entitled "CAREER: Parsimonious Models for Redistricting." As part of this project, the research team will develop new integer programming models and methods for designing political redistricting plans. These models will be able to answer questions such as: (1) what is the most compact redistricting plan for a given state? (2) how many counties can be kept whole? (3) how might a redistricting plan ensure minority-opportunity districts? This work will lead to a better understanding of the trade-offs encountered when designing districts and establish politically neutral baselines for comparison