Vice President - Publications

Candace "Candi" Yano

Distinguished Professor, IEOR and Haas School of Business,
University of California, Berkeley
Gary and Sherron Kalbach Chair of Business Administration,
Haas School of Business
Morris Chang Distinguished Chair in the Management of Technology Innovation

Biographical Profile


  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Stanford University (1981)
  • M.S., Operations Research (1979) and Industrial Engineering (1980), Stanford University
  • A.B. (Honors), Economics, Stanford University (1977)

Professional Experience

  • 2001-present: Professor, IEOR and Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley (UCB)
  • 1993-2001: Professor, IEOR, UCB
  • 2016-2019: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Haas School of Business, UCB
  • 1995-2001: Department Chair, IEOR, UCB
  • 1983-1993 Assistant/Associate Professor, IOE Department, University of Michigan
  • 1981-1982: Member of Technical Staff, Bell Telephone Laboratories

INFORMS and Related Activities

  • General Chair, 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting - San Francisco
  • Program Chair, 2002 INFORMS Annual Meeting - San Jose
  • Vice President of Marketing and Outreach, INFORMS, 2006-2007
  • Co-founder and later President of the Forum for Women in OR/MS, INFORMS, 1995 and 1998-1999
  • Member/chair of various INFORMS committees, including Meetings and Job Placement
  • Chair/member of various journal review and editor selection committees
  • Senior VP for Publications, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), 2018-2020
  • Editor-in-Chief, IISE Transactions, 2015-2018
  • Focus Issue Editor, IISE Transactions on Scheduling & Logistics, 2001-2017
  • Department Editor (1989-2000), Associate Editor (1986-1989), IISE Transactions
  • Deputy Editor (acting co-editor), M&SOM, 2002
  • Senior Editor, M&SOM, 1996-2005
  • Department Editor, Management Science, 2003-2008
  • Department Editor, Interfaces (now INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics), 1988-2004
  • Associate Editor, Operations Research (1995-2000) and Service Science (2015-present)
  • Associate or Senior Editor for several other journals


  • Kimball Medal (INFORMS highest award for service), 2018
  • INFORMS Fellow, 2014
  • IISE Fellow, 2006
  • Chancellor’s Professorship, UC Berkeley, 1997-2000
  • WORMS Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS, 2008

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Vision Statement

It is an honor to be nominated for VP of Publications. Two of INFORMS’s most valuable activities are Publications and Meetings, and I have been involved in both for a long time because of my commitment to doing whatever I can to strengthen them.

I feel strongly about making informed decisions, so if elected, I plan to go on a listening tour to better understand what is on the minds of editorial board members and the broader INFORMS community in regard to publications issues. As such, rather than focus on specific initiatives that may not be undertaken after what I learn from the listening tour, I discuss below two initiatives that I believe will contribute to improving the already-strong reputation of INFORMS journals.

Managing and Facilitating the Changing Footprints of Journals

It is important that INFORMS publications keep pace with the rapid changes in our field so they can continue disseminating the breadth of research pursued by our members. Those who know me well will tell you that I am an advocate of sustainable change to improve organizations and their products and services, typically by establishing organizational processes that institutionalize an ongoing process for change. Ultimately, it is the purview of the editorial boards to set editorial scope and policies, but the VP of Publications can support them, for example, by embracing new areas and publication formats, and more broadly publicizing the journal content. I also believe that the Publications Committee is in the unique position to think about strategy for the collective footprint of INFORMS journals and how the various journals contribute to that overall strategy. I can see value in serious annual discussions on this issue among senior members of editorial boards with follow-up on specific topics by working groups. This will help INFORMS avoid missing opportunities that each journal might not independently pursue and maintain coordination among journals, too many of which might otherwise simultaneously pursue the same emerging areas.

Improving Author Support

Recent events have made us all more sensitive to the issues of equity and access. I focus here on the issue of access – in the sense of ability to publish in INFORMS journals – because it will contribute to equity as well. Many members of our community, including junior researchers, academics writing an application-oriented paper for the first time, and industry professionals writing an archival journal article for the first time, would benefit from more support. They may need help in developing their ideas, making their results more compelling, and expressing their ideas more clearly. In my editorial roles spanning more than three decades, I have always tried to provide this type of help when a submitted paper shows promise. But not every editor has the bandwidth to do so. I see value in developing a network of research/writing volunteer consultants – possibly retirees and/or senior faculty – whom prospective authors can contact for help. This will improve access to publishing in our journals to those who currently face challenges, and simultaneously improve the quality of articles published in our journals.

In Closing

Having recently served as Senior VP of Publications for another professional society, I’m cognizant of the important behind-the-scenes work that the person in this role performs, from helping a young or struggling journal get on its feet to dealing with finances and handling cases of potential plagiarism expeditiously and fairly. The role has many dimensions and if elected, I am committed to addressing day-to-day matters as well as facilitating change to enhance the reputation of the journals and increase their value to our members.