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The Aon Foundation presents the José María Sarriegi award for scientific dissemination

The award, in memory of the former Deputy Director of Research at Tecnun, is given to the best academic research article on disaster-related topics.

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19/11/20 13:06 Communication Service

The Aon Spain Foundation and its Disaster Observatory have awarded the José María Sarriegi Scientific Dissemination Award for the best academic research article on disaster-related topics to the article Bi-objective multilayer location-allocation model for the immediate aftermath of sudden-onset disasters, published in 2019 in the journal Transportation Research Part E - Logistics and Transportation Review

This award seeks to honor the memory of the former deputy director of research at Tecnun, the Guipuzcoan José María Sarriegi, who died in December 2018 as a result of a sports accident. Sarriegi, a professor and PhD in industrial engineering from Tecnun, had been Deputy Director of Research at the School of Engineering of the University of Navarra since 2016.

He was principal investigator in European, national and regional projects and for 24 years his teaching work extended to fields such as computer science, information systems, modeling and simulation, knowledge management and project development. He was supervisor of more than 350 undergraduate, master and degree projects. The last of these, within the Aon Foundation's Disaster Chair and together with Professor Leire Labaka, was Patricia Maraña's doctoral thesis on the resilience of cities in crisis situations, in which she analyzed the public-private collaboration systems in five cities around the world to prevent and respond to catastrophic situations. 

Sarriegi's academic career came to an end precisely when the Aon Foundation's Chair of Catastrophes, an important qualitative and quantitative step towards structuring and systematically developing research and study of catastrophes, including them in the areas of study of engineering degrees, was being created. Sarriegi contributed large doses of enthusiasm, knowledge and work to outline the contents of the chair, always with a strategic vision and aware of the demands involved in its creation, the first of its kind in Europe. 

This award that bears his name represents very well the professional and personal values that Sarriegi treasured. This year, the award went to a paper written by researchers from the Universities of Agder (Norway), Delft (The Netherlands) and Toulouse (France), which proposes a model for improving the location of distribution centers to optimize response in sudden-onset disasters, in order to get aid to affected areas in the shortest possible time and at the lowest possible cost. The aim is to facilitate decision making by exploring trade-offs between response times and logistics costs using operational research methods. 

The Jury of the Award, composed of representatives of the Disaster Observatory, Tecnun and the Chair of Disasters of the Aon Spain Foundation, after analyzing the nominations submitted, has valued very positively the contribution of this research, as well as the methodology used and the clarity in the presentation of the results. Likewise, the prestige of the journal in which the article has been published has been taken into account, since Transportation Research Part E - Logistics and Transportation Review has an impact index of 4.690 and is indexed in the first quartile of the JCR(Journal of Citation Report).

The President of the Aon Foundation's Disaster Observatory, Pedro Tomey, highlighted the international character that this Award is taking on in its second edition, as papers have been received from several countries: the United States, Israel, Pakistan, Norway and Spain. "At the Aon Foundation and our Observatory we are very pleased with this award, which stimulates and strengthens advances in disaster research and contributes to building resilience in our society."

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