Stephen M. Robinson, Professor Emeritus and National Academy of Engineering Section Chair, is 2014 INFORMS President


Ashley Smith
PR Specialist

CATONSVILLE, MD, January 14, 2014 – The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) today announced that Professor Emeritus Stephen M. Robinson of the University of Wisconsin Madison is President of the association’s 2014 Board of Directors, which includes key analytics leaders from academia and business.

Prof. Robinson will continue to grow the professional society’s new programs in analytics, which have come to include the Certified Analytics Professional Program (CAP®) and a growing continuing education program. An analytics maturity model is expected to debut this spring.

Prof. Robinson, who previously served as editor-in-chief of the INFORMS journal Mathematics of Operations Research and INFORMS predecessor organizations’ head of publications, has reaffirmed his commitment to growing the association’s well-ranked suite of 13 specialized journals and introducing new scholarly journals.

Prof. Robinson comes to the INFORMS presidency with a distinguished record in academia and government, as well as at INFORMS. A (Ret.) Colonel in the US Army, he served for 35 years at the University of Wisconsin, where he specialized in optimization and variational research. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and chair of the Academy’s Section on Industrial, Manufacturing & Operational Systems Engineering. On the Academy, he has served on committees that advise the Executive Branch, for example in 2012 sitting on a committee that issued a report warning the Department of Defense about a shortage of quality STEM workers.

He is author, co-author or editor of seven books and more than 100 scientific research papers. He holds an honorary doctor’s degree from the University of Zürich. He is a member of the National Associate of the National Research Council. Prof. Robinson was named an INFORMS Fellow and received INFORMS’ George E. Kimball Medal for distinguished service.

The 2014 INFORMS Board includes the following:

Executive Committee


Stephen M. Robinson


L. Robin Keller

University of California Irvine

Professor, Operations and Decision Technologies


Brian Denton

University of Michigan

Dept. of Industrial Operations & Engineering


Nicholas G. Hall
Ohio State University
Department of Management Science

Past President

Anne G. Robinson

Verizon Wireless

Director, Supply Chain Strategy and Analytics

Executive Director

Melissa Moore


Vice President/Education

Joel Sokol
Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Vice President/Information Technology

Bjarni Kristjansson
Maximal Software


Vice President/International Activities

Grace Lin

VP & Director General

Institute for Information Industry

Vice President/Marketing, Communications & Outreach

E. Andrew (Andy) Boyd
University of Houston

Vice President/Membership and Professional Recognition

Ozlem Ergun
Georgia Institute of Technology
Assoc. Prof., School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Vice President/Meetings

William "Bill" Klimack

Chevron Corp.

Decision Analysis Consultant

Vice President/Publications

M. Eric Johnson
Vanderbilt University

Dean and Professor, Owen Graduate School of Management

Vice President/Practice Activities

Jonathan H. Owen

General Motors

Director of Operations Research, Global R&D

Vice President, Chapters and Fora

David Hunt
Oliver Wyman

Surface Transportation Practice

Vice President, Sections and Societies

Paul Messinger
University of Alberta
Associate Professor, Alberta School of Business


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.