INFORMS Presents 12 New Fellow Awards, Inducts Analytics Leaders

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 2, 2014 – The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®), the leading professional association for analytics professionals, today announced 12 new recipients of the annual INFORMS Fellow Award. 

The INFORMS Fellow Award, which brings together the very best operations researchers and analytics experts throughout the world, recognizes outstanding achievement in five areas:

  1. education in the field of operations research/management science
  2. management of operations research/management science, including responsibility for applying the profession’s techniques within an organization of any type
  3. the practice of operations research/management science/analytics
  4. research
  5. service to INFORMS and the profession

The 2014 Fellows are:

  1. Michel L. Balinski.In more than fifty years of dedication to advancing operations research, management science, mathematics, economics, and social choice theory, Dr. Balinski established a distinguished record as an outstanding research contributor.
  2. Jonathan Eckstein,a leader in the application of large-scale parallel computing to optimization problems. His contributions lie in both theory and algorithms for discrete and continuous optimization problems, as well as areas of application.
  3. Terry P. Harrison,for broad-ranging contributions to INFORMS, his university, and the profession, including contributions as INFORMS president, editor-in-chief of Interfaces, an Edelman Award finalist, researching in supply chain management, and aBusiness Week 4-star teacher.
  4. Robert R. Inman,General Motors, for advancing the application of operations research at General Motors through broad and high-impact contributions to applied supply chain, manufacturing, vehicle sales, service, and dealer inventory management.
  5. Radhika Kulkarni,for contributions to practice, management, and education through development, dissemination, and widespread application of operations research and analytics software for solving business problems, and for service to the profession.
  6. Russell P. Labe, Jr.Russell P. Labe, Jr is a consummate operations research practitioner, having led extraordinarily successful analytics groups at Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, and providing exemplary service to the practice community within INFORMS.
  7. Steven Nahmias,for his outstanding research contributions to the fields of perishable inventory theory and repairable inventory theory and significant contribution to education through his textbook on production and operations analysis.
  8. Robert L. Phillips,for pioneering applications and professional leadership in the area of revenue management and pricing.
  9. Nikolaos V. Sahinidis,for outstanding theoretical and computational contributions that have changed the way optimization is practiced across science, engineering, and financial decision making.
  10. Tuomas Sandholm,for contributions to research in computational economics, including market design, combinatorial auctions, and game theory, and for contributions to practice through companies that create new markets using optimization methods.
  11. J. George Shanthikumar,for contributions to stochastic models and systems, and related applications
  12. Candace A. Yano,a leader in operations management research who has provided significant service to the field as program chair, editor, adviser, teacher, and mentor.

A complete list of INFORMS Fellows Awards presented since the award began in 2002 is here.

The INFORMS Fellows Awards will be presented at a luncheon at the 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Over 4,000 academics and professionals are expected to attend the conference.



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 can be found online at or @informs.