Navtech Wins CORS Omond Solandt Award


Navtech Wins CORS Omond Solandt Award

CORS award 2012

Photo courtesy of Mikael Rönnqvist, University of Laval

Navtech is proud to have been awarded the Canadian Operational Research Society’s (CORS) Omond Solandt Award for excellence in operational research. The award was granted in recognition of a joint-venture project with the University of Waterloo to apply complex mathematical and modeling techniques to compare pairings solutions. Dr. Samir Elhedhli, from the University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering, oversaw the work of three graduate students working towards Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Management Science as they worked as Research Interns with Navtech and partner Dr. Robert Gerbracht on the project.

The Omond Solandt Award is awarded to an organization, private or governmental, that is deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to operational research in Canada. Dr. Omond McKillop Solandt (1909-1993) was the inaugural president of the Canadian Operational Research Society. That such an honour came to him was of little surprise to contemporaries in 1958. Since the Second World War, Solandt had established an international reputation as a first-generation operational research pioneer, sage science manager, and leader in applying scientific principles to solve complex problems in government, the military, and industry.

The award ceremony was held on June 12, 2012 at the CORS International Joint Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The honor had not been awarded since 2009. Vice President of Technology Mike Yeo, along with Dr. Robert Gerbracht and Crew Product Director Robert Mora were in attendance at the ceremony to accept the award. The three Navtech representatives were surprised and humbled when Navtech was presented as the guest of honor. The conference had over 250 delegates from universities from around the world, along with corporations and government organizations in Canada. Mike Yeo made a speech on behalf of Navtech thanking the University of Waterloo, the students that had worked with Navtech on the research project and Dr. Gerbracht for their efforts and dedication.

One of the graduate students that worked on the project (Da Lu) will now focus his PhD studies on airline pairing optimization.

Work has now begun to analyze the project findings for commercial benefits. More information on CORS and our award can be found at


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