Institute Named Prize Finalist

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) today named the Institute for Advanced Analytics one of three finalist schools in the competition for the UPS George D. Smith Prize, an award created to strengthen ties between academia and industry. The award recognizes excellence in preparing students to become practitioners of analytics and operations research. The other two finalists are: the School of Information Systems & Management at Carnegie Mellon University; and the Operations Research Program at the United States Air Force Academy.

The UPS George D. Smith Prize, established in 2011, is named in memory of the late UPS Chief Executive Officer who was a patron of operations researchers at the leading Fortune 500 Corporation. The Prize is awarded to an academic department or program for effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of operations research, management science, or analytics. It is accompanied by a $10,000 cash award.

With nearly 12,000 members from across the globe, INFORMS is the leading international association for professionals in analytics and operations research. INFORMS advances research and promotes best practices in analytics and operations research through an array of highly-cited publications, conferences, competitions, networking communities, and professional development services.

UPS George D. Smith Prize Ceremony

At the George D. Smith Prize Ceremony (L-R) Ivan Gomez, Bolun Yang, Caitlin Phelps, Megan Meadows, Kate Rodrigues, Kathy Green and Dr. Michael Rappa.