Operations research: Catalyst for grand challenges

16 September 2016

The Earth is a planet of finite resources, and its growing population currently consumes them at a rate that cannot be sustained. Utilizing resources (like fusion, wind and solar power), preserving the integrity of our environment and providing access to potable water are the first few steps to securing an environmentally sound and energy-efficient future for all of mankind. Analyzing these challenges includes using data and models to choose among alternative strategic decisions, forecasting the effect of decisions on the future, and quantifying the uncertainty associated with this analysis.

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