INFORMS Announces Finalists for the UPS George D. Smith Prize Uniting Industry, Academia: Carnegie Mellon, Lehigh, UBC

CATONSVILLE, MD, February 24, 2015 – The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®), the leading professional association for professionals in advanced analytics, today announced three finalists  in the competition for the UPS George D. Smith Prize, an award that recognizes excellence in preparing students to become practitioners of analytics and operations research.

The finalists are:

The finalists were selected from a highly qualified and diverse international pool of applicants. These three programs, each unique in its own way, cover a broad spectrum of training analytics practitioners.

The prize winner will be determined by a judged competition and announced at a banquet taking place on Monday, April 13 in Huntington Beach, California at the 2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research.

The UPS George D. Smith 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.

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.

More information about the prize is here.


INFORMS is the leading international association for professionals in analytics and operations research (O.R.). INFORMS advances research, and develops and promotes best practices in analytics and O.R. through collaboration, knowledge sharing, and professional development. INFORMS helps business, government, and other organization professionals make better decisions to drive value to their organizations and society. Our certification program (CAP®), highly cited publications, educational meetings and conferences, continuing education, industry and process focused networking communities, competitions, and recognition provide professionals with the knowledge and connections they need to achieve ever greater value for their organizations. Further information about INFORMS, analytics, and operations research is at or @informs.


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