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Fourth-year graduate student Jamol Pender (at right in photo) last week was named the winner of the INFORMS 2011 New Jersey chapter student contest. Pender, who is in the department of operations research and financial engineering, is researching queueing theory inspired by problems in communications centers.

Pender is president of the Wesley L. Harris Scientific Society at Princeton. His thesis adviser is William Massey. By the way, Pender was recently featured in this piece on a summer mentoring program at Princeton.