Eindhoven University of Technology’s Master of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Awarded the 2022 INFORMS UPS George D. Smith Prize

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Eindhoven University of Technology’s Master of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Awarded the 2022 INFORMS UPS George D. Smith Prize

BALTIMORE, MD, April 4, 2022 – INFORMS, the largest association for the decision and data sciences, has awarded the Master Industrial and Applied Mathematics program in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands the 2022 UPS George D. Smith Prize. The award recognizes excellence in preparing students to become practitioners of operations research and analytics.

Over the last decade, the Industrial and Applied Mathematics master’s program has raised, educated and nourished hundreds of graduates who have gone on to accept influential positions in society. The program has an intensive collaboration with industry, making optimal use of its location in Brainport, the Dutch high-tech hotspot around Eindhoven.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at TU/e boasts three bachelor’s degrees and five master’s degrees. It also offers professional doctorate engineering programs (PDEng) in data science and automotive systems design. The department also has a vibrant student association, which is very active in the development of the program, curriculum, training sessions and trips. Perhaps the most noteworthy point of the program is the opinions of its students who pride themselves in being a part of the program.

“We are honored to receive the UPS George D. Smith Prize from INFORMS. It’s a tribute to our faculty, to our students and to all those behind the scenes that have made this school worthy of this award,” said Alessandro Di Bucchianico, Graduate Program Director of the Industrial and Applied Mathematics program at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. 

Named in honor of the late UPS Chief Executive Officer – a champion of operations researchers at a leading Fortune 500 corporation – the UPS George D. Smith Prize was created in the spirit of strengthening ties between industry and the schools of higher education that graduate young practitioners of operations research. The prize is awarded to an academic department or program for effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of operations research or analytics.

“On behalf of the INFORMS community, we congratulate Eindhoven University of Technology, Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, for their unparalleled efforts to educate the next generation of leaders in the field of operations research and analytics. Their unrelenting work has undoubtedly helped to strengthen the ties between academia and industry,” said Elena Gerstmann, INFORMS executive director.

Past recipients of the award include the Information & Decision Sciences Department in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada; University of Cincinnati; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Air Force Academy; H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University; Sauder School of Business at University of British Columbia – Center for Operations Excellence; MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO); Naval Postgraduate School; and Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan.

The finalists for the 2022 Smith Prize included: The University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management, Master of Management Analytics and Purdue University, Krannert School of Management. 

Eindhoven University of Technology, Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science received the 2022 UPS George D. Smith Prize this evening at the Edelman Gala, a highlight of the 2022 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference in Houston, TX.

  

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INFORMS advances and promotes the science and technology of decision-making to save lives, save money and solve problems. As the largest association for the decision and data sciences, INFORMS members support organizations and governments at all levels as they work to transform data into information, and information into insights that lead to more efficient, effective, equitable and impactful results. INFORMS’ 10,000+ members are comprised of a diverse and robust international community of practitioners, researchers, educators and students from a variety of fields. 

  

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