Dr. Anahita Khojandi was the runner-up in the competition for the prestigious George B. Dantzig Award for her Ph.D. dissertation “Optimizing Implanted Cardiac Device Follow-Up Care.” in INFORMS 2014 Annual Meeting at San Francisco. She was honorably mentioned and received a cash prize. The George B. Dantzig Award is given for the best dissertation in any area of operations research and the management sciences that is innovative and relevant to practice. This award has been established to encourage academic research that combines theory and practice and stimulates greater interaction between doctoral students (and their advisors) and the world of practice. The criteria used by the Award committee include: implementation, and relevance to practice; technical quality and richness of solution approach; creativity and novelty; scope and magnitude; and exposition.