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Although CAP® is available through a computer based testing format, we continue to host paper and pencil exams at selected sites, especially at the INFORMS conferences. To take advantage of these on site exams, you must first apply and be approved for the CAP examination.  The current 2015 exam schedule follows:     

1. March 9-10, 2015


Exam Room & Time TBD

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

2. April 11, 2015, 9am-Noon (Saturday)

INFORMS Analytics Conference


Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa

21500 Pacific Coast Highway

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

3. June 13, 2015, 9am-Noon
CORS-INFORMS Joint International Meeting

Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel
1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West
Suite 820
Montreal, QC, H3B 2L7

4. July 28, 2015, 9am-Noon
INFORMS Healthcare 2015

Omni Nashville Hotel
250 Fifth Avenue South
Mockingbird 1
Nashville, TN 37203

As always, applications remain open for the ongoing computer-based examinations. Test on your schedule and put CAP® after your name. For more information, see www.informs.org/certification.    


Join the INFORMS channel of BrightTALK and listen to the five archived presentations covering the content areas of each of the seven domains of practice included in the examination. The webinar topics and presenters are as follows:

1. Overview and Introduction; presented by Scott Nestler, CAP & Chair of the Analytics Certification Board and Matt Windham, CAP, Director-Analytics at NTEL-X

2. Domains 1 (Business Problem Framing) and 2 (Analytics Problem Framing) presented by Frank Stein, CAP, IBM

3. Domain 3 (Data) presented by Robert Bordley, CAP, Booz Allen Hamilton

4. Domain 4 (Methodology (Approach) Selection), presented by Subhashish Samaddar, CAP, Georgia State University  

5. Domains 5 (Model Building), 6 (Deployment), and 7 (Model Lifecycle Management) presented by Alan Taber, CAP, Lockheed Martin

These presentations can be used for individual or group study. While the content is discussed, no questions are presented that are on the CAP exam. If at any time, you have questions about the program or the exam, please send them to certification@informs.org.  

The INFORMS Career Center  

now offers the largest list of O.R./analytics jobs in the industry. Here are just a few of our current job listings:  

Research Scientist, Amazon, Inc. You may be a great fit to join the Amazon Transaction Risk Management Systems group.

Vice President, masFlight.com. The Vice President, Solutions would develop airline customer solutions using new operations aviation cloud-based data warehouse and big-data tools developed by masFlight.  

Applied Mathematics-Cornell University, College of Engineering. Cornell University's College of Engineering seeks to fill two tenured/tenure-track faculty positions in applied mathematics for its Ithaca campus.  

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).


The February issue features articles that include an analytical look at aviation safety, the decisions in decommissioning California's offshore oil platforms, expanding revenue management with innovative modeling, and more.

If you are an Edelman Laureate or have represented your organization in the Edelman Academy, your presence is requested at the Franz Edelman Awards Gala to be held on April 13, 2015, at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Huntington Beach, CA. We'd like to recognize you! Please RSVP to Thomas Fink at tom.fink@informs.org

This prize emphasizes the quality and coherence of the analysis used in practice. Dr. Wagner strove for strong mathematics applied to practical problems, supported by clear and intelligible writing. This prize recognizes those principles by emphasizing good writing, strong analytical content, and verifiable practice successes. You can view the 2014 winning presentation here. The deadline for the two-page abstract is May 1, 2015. Click here for application information.

Congratulations to this year's finalists for the UPS George Smith Prize, who were announced this week. This year's finalists are Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College, the Enterprise Systems Center and Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Lehigh University, and the COE/MMOR Program at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business. The teams will compete at the INFORMS Conference on Analytics this April. Learn more about the prize here.

Program Set with Unscripted, Facilitated Networking, and Real-Time for Learning 
Recommend to your executives that they attend our sixth annual event at the spring INFORMS Analytics Conference. This special program and speakers will be focusing on talent recruitment and aligning analytics teams with strategic initiatives. Click here for more information and to register.   

Data exploration and visualization are hot topics for successful analysts, statisticians, and data scientists. Attendees of the Data Exploration & Visualization course offered by the INFORMS continuing education program will experience first-hand the power of visualization in exploring data as an adjunct to tried and trusted analytics methods. The course will be offered March 19-20 in Dallas.        
Please visit our CE website for the most up-to-date course dates and locations.

2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research  

April 12-14, 2015, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, Huntington Beach, CA


Cut-off for hotel group rate is March 3. Discounted rooms will sell out. Make your reservations now! Click here.

Registration rates increase March 23. Register today!Click here to register online.

The 2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and O.R. is the one program that consistently delivers time-proven applications and processes that will improve your business' bottom line. Anyone who works in the analytics, operations research, or management science fields will want to attend the analytics event of the year.  

Invited tracks will cover topics such as marketing analytics, unstructured data analytics, real-time decision systems, managing risk, supply chain applications, revenue management & pricing, soft skills in analytics, and decision analysis.   

Early Career Connection: Open to Both Practitioners and Academics  

This special program is designed for professionals who are new to their academic or industry careers. The program introduces participants to well-established researchers and practitioners to provide them with new perspectives into real-world analytics/O.R. problems. Accepted participants also benefit from a 60% discount on conference registration ($415). The program is open to university faculty who completed their PhDs no earlier than 2009. The requirement for industry professionals is either a master's degree completed no earlier than 2009 plus three years' experience at the nominating company, or a PhD completed no earlier than 2009.Click here for complete nomination information.

INFORMS Professional Colloquium  

This intensive, full-day program held on Sunday, April 12, helps practice-oriented master's and doctoral students transition into successful industry careers. Seasoned practitioners who have bridged the gap between academia and industry present their experiences and lessons learned to give participants a jump start in their careers. The registration fee of $415 covers both the colloquium and full registration to the conference. Nomination deadline is March 1, 2015.Click here for nomination information details.

Career Services & Enhancements  

Analytics Career Fair  

The 2015 Analytics Career Fair allows top analytics employers and seasoned, experienced analytics professionals the ability to connect in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. This is the premier, professional career event in the field of analytics. More information is available here.   

Continuing Ed Courses  

INFORMS offers intensive, in-person two-day courses for analytics professionals. You will leave the courses with real take-away value: the skills, tools, and methods you can implement immediately in your work. More information about continuing education courses at the Analytics Conference is available here.


Are you ready to become a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®)? There is considerable market demand among employers for analytics certification. They need help with identifying and developing qualified analytics professionals. Click here for more information regarding certification.   

2015 CORS/INFORMS International Conference

June 14-17, 2015, Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, QC, Canada


Registration is now open. Click here to register.  

Why Attend the Conference?

There are many good reasons to attend this jointly-sponsored international conference. You will:

  • Gain a cross-cultural view of the latest O.R. and analytics trends
  • Enjoy regional diversity through structured networking with international colleagues
  • Have your work viewed in a different light with varying perspectives from distinguished experts
  • Benefit from exposure to the fullest spectrum of O.R. and analytics research and topics
  • Learn from top industry vendors who are attracted to this international forum
  • Fully immerse yourself in this charming French-Canadian city and all it has to offer

37th ISMS Marketing Science Conference

June 18-20, 2015, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, MD  


Click here to register now. All presenters must be registered by March 20.   

The ISMS Marketing Science Conference is an annual event that brings together leading marketing scholars, practitioners, and policy makers with a shared interest in rigorous scientific research on marketing problems. The conference falls under the auspices of the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science (ISMS)sub-branch.  

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School faculty invites you to submit abstracts of your research papers, present your work, and actively participate in the conference, which is an important forum for presenting cutting-edge research and intellectual exchange on marketing problems.   

22nd International Symposium on Mathematical Programming 

July 12-17, 2015, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA  


Registration is now open! Click here to register now.

We invite academics and industrial users of mathematical optimization to convene in Pittsburgh to discuss recent advances and important challenges from theory and practice.  

INFORMS Healthcare 2015 Conference - Call for Submissions!     

July 29-31, 2015, Nashville, TN


Registration is now open! Click here to register. 

March 1: Abstract Submission Deadline. For more details, click here.

INFORMS Healthcare 2015 focuses on reinventing value in an era of health reform, specifically the use of O.R. and analytics to improve the long term efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of healthcare delivery. We welcome submissions in either oral or poster formats, which will be reviewed by the committee. There is a limit of one oral presentation per presenting/lead author. Authors may present a poster as well as one oral presentation.

There are a limited number of rooms blocked at the conference hotel, the Omni Nashville. To reserve your room please click here. We do anticipate that the discounted rooms will sell out. 

INFORMS Meetings Calendar 

Go to http://meetings.informs.org for a complete conference calendar.