Three Universities Selected as Finalists for the 2021 INFORMS UPS George D. Smith Prize


Ashley Smith
Public Affairs Coordinator

Three Universities Selected as Finalists for the 2021 INFORMS UPS George D. Smith Prize

Prize Recognizes Excellence in Teaching Operations Research and Analytics

CATONSVILLE, MD, February 23, 2021 – INFORMS, the leading international association for professionals in operations research and analytics, has selected three finalists for the 2021 UPS George D. Smith Prize, which recognizes excellence in preparing students to become practitioners of operations research and analytics.

The finalists for the 2021 Smith Prize are:

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Gies College of Business
  • University of Iowa, Department of Business Analytics
  • University of Minnesota, Information & Decision Sciences Department at the Carlson School of Management 

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 13 at the 2021 Virtual INFORMS Business Analytics Conference.

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 Queens University; 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 – Centre for Operations Excellence; MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO); Naval Postgraduate School; and Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan.



With more than 12,000 members from around the world, INFORMS is the largest international association of operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals and students. INFORMS provides unique networking and learning opportunities for individuals and organizations to better understand and use O.R. and analytics tools and methods to save lives, save money and solve problems. 




Ashley Smith