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Read presidential counselor John Podesta's one-year follow-up blog and report on big data and privacy here.

July 12-15, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland 
This year EURO2015 has a special program for practitioners. If your day-job is to help make organizations more effective, find out more about the EURO2015 'Making an Impact' track, a series of participative activities aimed at helping practitioners become more effective. At EURO2015 Making an Impact sessions have been integrated with all the other activities of relevance to practice and practitioners. To learn more, visit www.euro2015.org/MAI

Saturday, April 18, Washington, DC

The Mathematical Association of America is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a spectacular program in the nation's capital.

As the country's first national festival dedicated to discovering the delight and power of mathematics, this free and public celebration will feature dozens of activities for every age - from hands-on magic, a scavenger hunt, and Houdini-like getaways, to lectures with some of the most influential mathematicians of our time.  

The National Math Festival is organized by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution. Learn more here.

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.