Victoria Chen

George & Elizabeth Pickett Professor, 2015–2017
Industrial, Manufacturing, & Systems Engineering (IMSE)
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)

Vision Statement

I have experienced many facets of INFORMS in these past 30 years, from student chapters to sections/societies and fora to Subdivisions Council and my most recent roles for Pro Bono Analytics, diversity, and on the Executive Board. I have also served leadership roles with the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). My academic research is collaborative across a wide range of domains, from sustainability to healthcare, and seeks methodological and applied solutions that integrate the perspectives of various INFORMS subdivisions. If elected as Secretary, I will continue to bring my diverse experience to the Board, so as to ensure representation of INFORMS members in shaping INFORMS’ future. I will encourage honest discussions and seek transparency in communications between members and the Board, so as to achieve the following. First, INFORMS members need to understand that there should not be competition between subdivisions. INFORMS’ strength in analytics lies with the union of its communities to create a greater whole. I will seek to communicate how each subdivision and member can contribute to the Institute, so as to enhance both INFORMS and the member experience. Second, there is a world of analytics opportunities that need a diversity of skills to address them, but INFORMS is lacking mechanisms to bring diverse members together to collaborate on these opportunities. I will propose new ways for subdivisions to interact and gain access to opportunities. Third, retaining members long-term requires benefits that reward members for their accomplishments that ultimately strengthen INFORMS. The relatively young 15-year-old Fellow Award plays a critical role in rewarding our most accomplished members, but more reward options are needed to be in alignment with other professional societies, such as ASA and IMS. I will build communication between the membership and the INFORMS Board to identify additional options for rewarding members. Finally, I will provide a voice on the Board that will fairly evaluate initiatives, weighing both the benefits and potential costs, and then ensuring that any adopted initiatives are communicated to members.

I am honored to be nominated for the position of Secretary on the INFORMS Board of Directors, and I would be honored to continue to serve, if elected.

Biographical Profile


  • M.S. 1991, Ph.D. 1993, Operations Research, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • B.S. 1988, Mathematical Sciences, Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Baltimore, MD

Professional Experience

  • UTA:
    • Professor IMSE 2010–present
    • Director/Co-founder Center on Stochastic Modeling, Optimization, & Statistics, 2008–2012, 2017–present
    • Director of Student & Faculty Research Development, 2014–2017
    • Interim Chair IMSE, 2012–2014
    • Associate Professor IMSE, 2002–2010
    • Visiting Professor Information Systems & Operations Management, 2001–2002
  • University of Genoa, Italy: Visiting Professor, 2001 and 2003
  • Iowa State: Visiting Professor, 1996
  • Georgia Tech: Assistant Professor, 1993–2001


  • INFORMS/ORSA member since 1987
  • Executive Board Secretary since 2018
  • Committees: Sections/Societies 2017–2018; Diversity, 2017–present
  • Pro Bono Analytics, 2016–present
  • WORMS: Mentor, 2015–2016; Secretary, 2001–2012
  • Subdivisions Council, 2012–2015
  • DM/AI Workshop Founder & Program Co-Chair, 2006
  • DM Section: Chair, 2006; Vice-Chair, 2005; Secretary-Treasurer, 2004; Co-founder, 2004
  • DM/Computing Cluster Chair, 2005–2008
  • Student Chapter President: Cornell 1991–1992, JHU 1987–1988


100+ refereed articles that have appeared in Operations Research, IISE Transactions, Annals of Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, SIAM Journal on Optimization, Health Care Management Science, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association and others.

Professional Honors and Awards

  • UTA Academy of Distinguished Teachers (2019)
  • INFORMS WORMS Award Nominee (2011, 2012)
  • IEEE Industrial & Commercial Power Systems Ralph H. Lee Department Prize Paper Award (2014)
  • INFORMS Best Presentation in the Interactive Session (2009)
  • Operations Research Meritorious Service Award (2005)
  • Tau Beta Pi Honor Society (1988)

Other Professional Activities

  • Vice President, Atlanta ASA Chapter, 1995–2001
  • Chair, IMS New Researchers Committee, 2001–2002
  • Guest Co-editor, Annals of Operations Research, 2006–present
  • Associate Editor, Elementa, 2013–present