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New Year's Resolution

It's never too late for a New Year's resolution (although if you make in November, it might have a different name). This year, resolve to grow your influence and show others how interested you are in your analytics career. Join the ranks of the following who have become CAPs in the last quarter of 2014. If you see any of them, do add your congratulations to ours.   

Gregory Vincent Michaelson  The Travelers 
Rayan Hafiz  Saudi Aramco 
Joseph E. Krebs   BizCalculus 
Brian Lynch   TD Canada Trust 
Rodney Zwain   The SI Organization  
Stephen McCarty   US Army  
Tyson Silver   Access Midstream Partners
Naveen Divakaran IM Flash Technologies  
Praveen Sasidharan   University of Cincinnati
Thomas Roh   Mayo Clinic
Thomas A. Donnelly   JMP  
Phillip Pettit Snowden Mining Industry Consultants  
Dan Haight   Darkhorse Analytics  
Thomas Alvin Dowdle, Jr.   Cigna-Healthspring
John Garrett   Transamerica
John Poppelaars   ORTEC
Aaron Westcott   J.R. Simplot Co.  
Koen M. Cobbaert PwC Belgium  
Walter Malunga Stanbic Bank  
Michael Elliott Beyer   ENVIRON International Corp.  
Aniruban   Chakraborty Inauctus.com  
Anish Thomas   CEB-SHL
Daniel G. Conway   Loras College
Yumin Chen Transamerica  
Guy Shechter  Philips Healthcare  
Alexander L. Hipolito HP 
Rajan Gupta Inauctus.com  
Abishek Trehan   Inauctus.com 
Angela Rademeyer   OPSI Systems  
Michelle M. Gross   Nike, Inc.  
Aaron Anderson   USDA National Wildlife Res. Ctr.  
Timothy R. Anderson   Portland State University  
David Toledano   GE  
Damian Herrick   Lake Hill Analytics, LLC
Steven Karp   Quantitative Insights  
Antonio Morales   Element Six
Patrick Stewart Sports Authority  
Karthik Paramasivam   ISN
William T. Hodson   Consultant  
Henny Holtman   ORTEC
Nicholas Wzientek   Sports Authority  
Ryan James Miles  AngloGold Ashanti
YoungJung Chan   Merck Sharp & Dohme
Janny M. Y. Leung Chinese University of Hong Kong
Chun-Miin Chen Bucknell University   
Joey Cherdarduk   Darkhorse Analytics 
Marc Rumiano Ward Sports Authority  
Erin Williams   Aruku Analysis
Defne Berkin  DuPont  
Reginald Halstead   Gogo Business Aviation  
Di Wang  IBM
Maciej Bukczynski Darkhorse Analytics  


Although CAP® is available through a computer-based testing format, we continue to host exams at selected sites, especially at the INFORMS conferences such as the upcoming Analytics Conference in Huntington Beach, CA on April 12-14, 2015 and the MORS EPD at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA on March 9-10. 

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 live or archived presentations at www.brighttalk.com

December 3, 2014 - Overview and Introduction; presented by Scott Nestler, CAP & Chair of the Analytics Certification Board and Matt Windham, CAP, Director-Analytics at NTEL-X  

December 17, 2014 - Domains 1 (Business Problem Framing) and 2 (Analytics Problem Framing) presented by Frank Stein, IBM  

January 7, 2015 - Domain 3 (Data) Presented by Robert Bordley, Booz Allen Hamilton  

January 21, 2015 - Domain 4 (Methodology (Approach) Selection), presented by Subhashish Samaddar, Georgia State University    

February 4, 2015 - Domains 5 (Model Building), 6 (Deployment) and 7 (Model Lifecycle Management) presented by Alan Taber, Lockheed Martin

(March 9-10): TBD

  1. Go to www.informs.org.
  2. In the upper right-hand corner of the page, click the orange "Member Login" button. 
  3. Login, and then click on the "Self-Service Center" link in the upper right corner of the page.
  4. On your INFORMS Self-Service Center menu, click "Add/Update Biographical Information and Photograph" (middle of right-hand column).
  5. Click "Update Photo or Biography."  
  6. Under "Attach Photo" choose the picture you would like to upload for your profile picture.
  7. Click "Save."

All of your member information is stored in an INFORMS member database and is then pulled through an API (application program interface) to populate your profile page on INFORMS Connect. 

"I enjoyed listening to Jon Caulkins' Omega Rho lecture at the INFORMS Annual Meeting. [...] This was an interesting talk about being an OR practitioner and solving real problems. Jon talked about the general principles he uses to influence policies. This involves doing good work, but more importantly, it involves asking good research questions." Read more or watch the video below.

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:  

Forecasting Analyst, Disney Parks and Resorts. This role within RM&A develops, analyzes, and executes strategies to maximize profitability and improve the value proposition for our Guests, Cast Members, and Shareholders.

Manager, Global Supply Chain Strategy (Test & Respond Analytics). Gap Inc's Supply Chain Strategy team helps to identify, evaluate, and optimize the Gap Inc. Supply Chain by identifying opportunity, improving our processes to operate efficiently and in support of global growth and speed.  

Operations Research Analyst, CNN/Turner Broadcasting Inc. Responsible for providing research, modeling, analysis, and guidance using operations research techniques to develop business solutions that effectively support the business model. 

March 10, 2015, 7:30 PM, College of Business, University of Cincinnati, Fealy Auditorium, Room 112, Carl H. Lindner Hall, free admission.  

Former Management Science editor-in-chief Wally Hopp will speak about "Patient Routing for Cost Effective Care: Lessons from Emergency Medicine and Cardiac Surgery."  

For additional information, click here or contact David Rogers at 513-556-7140 or David.Rogers@uc.edu.

As we head into 2015, INFORMS would like to start a new monthly feature titled, "What's Your StORy?" and begin introducing you to your fellow members. We will highlight one member a month both here in INFORMS Connect, and in OR/MS Today, your membership magazine. We've asked some get to know you questions, with a couple of fun ones thrown in. But feel free to ask them more questions here in the Open Forum. INFORMS Connect is a tool for you, to help you network and collaborate with fellow members. 

So keep your eye out for Kara Tucker, INFORMS marketing content guru, to post our Q&A's. First in the spotlight for January, David Woodruff. Click here to read the interview. 

If you would like to participate in "What's Your StORy?" feel free to send me a message, and we'll get you in the queue. 

Participants of the INFORMS course, Essential Practice Skills for Analytics Professionals, learn practical tools for integrating their analytical skills into real-world problem solving for businesses and other organizations. This popular course provides approaches that can be applied immediately to a wide variety of settings, whether within a participant's own organization or for an external client.         

The course is scheduled for February 26-27, 2015 in San Jose, CA

Please visit our CE website for the most up-to-date course dates and locations.

The INFORMS Society for Marketing Science (ISMS) Fellows selection committee would like to solicit nominations for the 2015 ISMS Fellows award.  Nominations should be emailed to Vithala R. Rao (vrr2@cornell.edu), who is the current chair of the selection committee. Please use the subject heading, "Fellows Nomination". The extended deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015.

The full call for nominations can be found here. Nomination letters should be accompanied by the nominee's current curriculum vitae as well as significant detail supporting the nomination.

2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research  

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


Register now to get early discounted rates! Click here for more details.

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 management, revenue management & pricing, soft skills, and decision analysis.   

This conference will be held at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach. The cut-off date for reservations at the discounted group rate is March 3. We do anticipate that rooms will sell out, so make your reservations early! Please click here to reserve your room.

Poster Presentations - Deadline extended to January 30  

We welcome poster presentations on the full range of analytics and O.R. work, including all applications areas, industries, and methodologies. If accepted, you can take advantage of a 20%-35% discount on registration. Click here for complete details and submission.

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  


Call for Papers! Deadline for submissions: February 9, 2015. Please click here for more information on submitting a presentation.  

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.  

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.

INFORMS Meetings Calendar 

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

If you have not already, remember to renew your membership to maintain your access to your INFORMS journals, continue receiving OR/MS Today, keep your connections active on INFORMS Connect, register for INFORMS continuing education courses and upcoming events, and much more.   
Your subscriptions are only graced for a short time so do not overlook renewing. As your profession continues to grow, we want you to have a front seat to it all. INFORMS now has more products and services than ever before for both operations researchers and analytics professionals.