2017 INFORMS UPS George D. Smith Prize finalists create strong connections between academia and industry


Ashley Smith
PR Specialist

 INFORMS Smith Prize finalists connect academia and industry

CATONSVILLE, MD, February 17, 2017 – INFORMS, the leading international association for professionals in operations research and analytics, has selected three finalists for the 2017 UPS George D. Smith Prize, which recognizes excellence in preparing students to become practitioners of operations research and analytics.

The 2017 finalists are:                                      

The winner will be announced on April 3 at the 2017 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research  in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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.

Past recipients of the award include H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, Sauder School of Business, 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.

More information about the prize is available here.


With more than 12,500 members from across the globe, INFORMS is the leading international association for professionals in operations research and analytics. More information about INFORMS is available at www.informs.org or @informs.