Arthur Geoffrion of UCLA Anderson School named INFORMS President’s Award Winner


Ashley Smith
Public Affairs Coordinator

MINNEAPOLIS, October 8, 2013 – The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®), the leading association for professionals in analytics, today announced that Arthur Geoffrion, the James A. Collins Professor of Management Emeritus at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, was named the 2013 recipient of the INFORMS President’s Award.

“The 2013 INFORMS President’s Award is awarded to Arthur Geoffrion for his seminal contributions in the field of management science and operations research, his leadership in connecting OR/MS theory to practice, and his influential mentoring and teaching of OR/MS professionals who continue to use his ideas and applications to impact business, government, and greater society,” said INFORMS President Anne Robinson of Verizon Wireless, speaking at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Minnesota.

The INFORMS President’s Award is presented to recognize and encourage important contributions to the welfare of society by operations researchers at the local, national, and global level. The award committee includes the current INFORMS president and the two most recent past presidents.

The award citation read, in part, “Arthur Geoffrion is recognized for his impact in optimization theory and its applications.  He has authored over 60 scholarly papers, written chapters of over a half-dozen books, and contributed many opinion pieces.  His editorial service includes eight years as Department Editor ofManagement Science, positions withother journalsas well as several editorial advisory boards…

“During his nearly 50 years of teaching and his years of service to his professional society, Arthur Geoffrion showed that elegant, sophisticated techniques contribute the most when they enable decision makers in the workplace.”

Arthur Geoffrion is a former president of both INFORMS and one of its predecessor societies, The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS).

The award was presented at a ceremony at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Sunday, October 6 during the INFORMS 2013 Annual Meeting. The meeting, from October 6-9, brings together 4,000 leading professionals and researchers in Big Data, analytics, operations research, and management science.


The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) is the leading professional society made up of the foremost minds in the world of analytics. More than 10,000 members worldwide, including Nobel Prize laureates, turn to INFORMS to provide leading industry best practices, training and events focused on data analytics and operations research. Members of INFORMS work in business, government and academia and represent fields as diverse as airlines, health care, law enforcement, the military, financial services, retail, engineering and telecommunications. The society serves the scientific and professional needs of operations research analysts, experts in “big data” and analytics, consultants, scientists, students, educators and managers, as well as their institutions. It publishes a variety of journals, hosts conferences, extends certification in analytics (CAP), offers continuing education courses, and provides its members with a large choice of special interest groups and local chapters. Further information about INFORMS can be found online at or @informs.