Stephen C. Graves

Abraham J. Siegel Professor of Management Science, MIT


"Vision" was removed from the heading at the request of the candidate.

I am very honored to have been nominated to run for President of INFORMS. If elected, I look forward to serving the profession in this capacity. I joined TIMS and ORSA as a student member, circa 1974 when I started my graduate studies in operations research. I have benefited greatly from being part of the INFORMS community; to wit, INFORMS has provided to me:

  • a network of colleagues with shared interests,
  • connections to practice,
  • various forums for disseminating my research and getting feedback and certification,
  • and continual opportunities to learn and improve my skills, both as a researcher and teacher.

This is a good point in my career to spend more time 'giving back' to my professional community so that the next generation can experience similar if not greater benefits.

This is an exciting time for operations research and analytics. The range, scale and diversity of problems that we address have never been greater. One only needs to see the annual Edelman competition to get an appreciation for the impact – with school bus routing, service contracting, storm water control, fraud detection, aviation safety, and design of wind farms. Truly we are achieving the INFORMS tag line: saving lives, saving money, solving problems.

As president I would do whatever I could to promote the profession and celebrate our successes. I would engage with the INFORMS membership and staff and listen carefully to understand how well INFORMS is meeting the needs of the membership and what could be better. Where are there opportunities to strengthen the profession and extend its impact? What new initiatives should we pursue to further the goals of INFORMS and provide value to the membership?

In addition, I would want to strategize how INFORMS should respond to new developments and trends. For instance, given the growth in professional graduate programs in analytics, what are the new needs of this community of analytics professionals? How well is INFORMS positioned with its current set of programs and societies to serve this community? And how does all the public attention on artificial intelligence and data science affect what we do within INFORMS or how we promote our work? Is this an opportunity for INFORMS or a concern?

I don’t presume to have the answers to these questions, let alone know of all the issues and challenges that the INFORMS Board and staff must address. If elected I would need some time to come up to speed and would commit my time and effort to do so. Nevertheless, my guiding principle would be to be a steward for the profession, in the sense that my responsibility would be to protect, strengthen and enhance the community asset that we share, the INFORMS society, for now and into the future.

Biographical Profile


  • University of Rochester: Ph.D. 1977; M.S. 1976
  • Dartmouth College M.B.A. 1974; A.B. 1973

Professional Experience

  • MIT Sloan School of Management
    • Assistant Professor 1977-1981
    • Associate Professor 1981-1987
    • Professor 1987-present


  • Author of over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings
  • Co-editor of two Handbooks

INFORMS Activities and Services

  • Associate Editor - Operations Research, 1981-1986; Management Science, 1983-1986, 2001 - 2003; Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 1997 – 2008, 2015 - 2017
  • Department Editor - Management Science, 1987-1991
  • Area Editor – Operations Research, 2006 – 2008
  • Editor - Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 2009 - 2014
  • Functional Area Editor - Interfaces, 1985-1986
  • Editor, Edelman Special Issue, Interfaces, 1989 - 2007
  • Edelman Award Committee, 1988 – 2017; 2011 & 2012 (Chair)
  • Vice President, Publications - INFORMS, 1994 – 1995
  • Member of numerous other committees

Honors and Awards

  • INFORMS Fellow, MSOM Fellow, POMS Fellow
  • Member of National Academy of Engineering
  • INFORMS Case Competition, First Prize (2005)
  • M&SOM Best Paper Award (2017)