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The Association of Business Schools Academic Journal Guide recently affirmed what many INFORMS members and staff have long known: the quality of INFORMS journals is outstanding.    

Five INFORMS journals rank as Journals of Distinction. These journals are part of a unique club whose members are recognized world-wide as exemplars of excellence. To make this rating, journals have to be in the highest category of three out of the five non-university-based listings - Financial Times 45, Dallas List, VHB (German Academic Association for Business Research), Australian Deans' List, and CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research, France). The current high marks go to:

  • Information Systems Research (category: information management)
  • Marketing Science (category: marketing)
  • Management Science (category: OR/MS)
  • Operations Research (category: OR/MS)
  • Organization Science (category: organization studies)

The complete guide can be viewed here.  

Huntington Beach was the perfect setting for the close to 1,000 attendees who "Caught the Wave" at this year's INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research, which took place April 12-14. Attendees heard keynote presentations from GE Software's William Ruh and IBM's Brenda Dietrich; participated in dozens of panel discussions with industry leaders; celebrated the very best in analytics and operations research at the Edelman Gala, and honored INFORMS Prize Winner Chevron and the UPS George D. Smith Prize Winner University of British Columbia. Read more here.

Check out the full conference recap here and be sure to save the date for the 2016 Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research April 10-12 in Orlando, Florida.  

Thank You Platinum Conference Sponsors

A special thank you to the 2015 Analytics Conference Platinum Sponsors for their generous support. 


The INFORMS Board of Directors, staff, and members join in mourning the loss of Allan D. Shocker, who passed away on March 10, 2015, at the age of 76 in San Mateo, CA. 

Shocker authored many award-winning and influential articles, with Google Scholar reporting nearly 7,000 citations of his work. His research appeared in the INFORMS journals Management Science and Marketing Science, as well as Psychometrika, theJournal of Marketing, the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Research, and Marketing Letters. He also served on the editorial review board of Marketing Science

He is survived by his sister, Susan Ammons, and her children and grandchildren.

One of our premier member benefits is the opportunity to write for our two prestigious magazines. Do you have a story idea? Put your name out there with articles that provide an insider's look at the OR/MS profession (OR/MS Today) or provide readers with a better understanding of how data, modeling, and mathematical analyses are used to drive effective business decisions and competitive advantage (Analytics).

As an INFORMS member, you are welcome to share major career news that would interest your fellow INFORMS members. Submit your news here

Every month INFORMS highlights an exemplary operations researcher, analytics expert, academic, or student. This month we feature Prof. Jose Ramirez of Texas A&M. Read his StORy on INFORMS Connect here. Want to join the fun? Send a message, and we'll get you in the queue.

Patrick Harker, Former OR EIC, Is New President of Philly Fed.

Congratulations to Patrick Harker, former editor-in-chief of Operations Research, who has been named the new president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Harker has been the president of the University of Delaware since 2007 and will take up his new post this summer. Read more here.  

Casey Lichtendahl Wins Outstanding Case Teacher Competition

Congratulations to Casey Lichtendahl of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, who won the school's 2015 Outstanding Case Teacher competition. A colleague wrote, "Casey challenges students and leads them to new frontiers and new knowledge. His cases inspire students to learn...his unique personality and teaching style bring classes to life. Casey expects a lot of students but in return gives everything he has and they immensely appreciate it." Read more here.

Penn State's Smeal College of Business has launched a new online Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics. Learn more about this new graduate certificate program here.

Call for Papers: Interfaces Special Issue: Operations Research Applications in the Energy Industry      

Submissions are due July 1, 2015   

Operations research can play an important role in the generation, distribution, and consumption of energy. Accordingly, Interfaces is planning a special issue focusing on applications of operations research techniques in the energy industry.

For more information click here.

Call for Nominations

Editor-in-Chief - Marketing Science

Preyas S. Desai is completing his second and final term as editor-in-chief of Marketing Science on December 31, 2015. The president of INFORMS has appointed a committee to conduct a search for the next editor-in-chief. All members of INFORMS are invited to participate in this process. Further information can be found hereNominations deadline: April 15, 2015.       

Editor-in-Chief - INFORMS Transactions on Education (ITE)

Armann Ingolfsson will be stepping down as editor-in-chief of the journal INFORMS Transactions on Education (ITE) on December 31, 2015. The president of INFORMS has appointed a committee to conduct a search for the next editor-in-chief. All members of INFORMS are invited to participate in this process. Further information can be found here. Nominations deadline: May 1, 2015.

Call for Submissions - George Nicholson Student Paper Competition

The George Nicholson Committee competition is held each year to identify and honor outstanding papers in the field of operations research and the management sciences written by a student.   

Prizes will be awarded and finalists will be invited to present their papers at the 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting. All entries must be submitted no later than June 5, 2015. Click here for complete eligibility and submission information. 

Call for Submissions - Doing Good with Good OR - Student Paper Competition

INFORMS is again sponsoring a competition to encourage student research and practice that has societal impact. The Doing Good with Good OR Student Competition will feature the most exciting work performed by students in partnership with public and private organizations that yields tangible and beneficial outcomes for individuals, communities, and organizations. Such work will be infused with OR/MS methods and could appeal to multiple disciplinary and application-area interests. INFORMS must receive completed submissions for this competition by May 15, 2015. Please see the competition Web page for complete details.

Call for Submissions - Undergraduate Operations Research Prize 

The Undergraduate Operations Research Prize Competition is held each year to honor a student or group of students who conducted a significant applied project in operations research or management science, and/or original and important theoretical or applied research in operations research or management science, while enrolled as an undergraduate student. The prize is given each year at the INFORMS Annual Meeting if there is a suitable recipient. The prize of $500 plus travel support to the INFORMS Annual Meeting will be announced at the awards ceremony of the Annual Meeting. All entrants satisfying the eligibility requirements will be invited to present their research at an Undergraduate Research Showcase session(s) at the Annual Meeting. Entries must be submitted by July 1, 2015. Please see the competition Web page for complete details.