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Congratulations to Carl Van Dyke on winning the Railway Applications Section (RAS) Distinguished Member Award. Although help from everyone is appreciated, some volunteers' contributions have a far reaching impact. Their work has given RAS a new direction and continues to inspire others to follow their footsteps. Carl Van Dyke, president emeritus and founder of MultiModal Applied Systems (now part of Oliver Wyman) was a founding member of the Railroad Applications Special Interest Group (RASIG) that later evolved into RAS. He served RAS as chair and as a roundtable organizer, session chair and presenter many times. He sponsored RAS dinners, was a driving force in the Student Paper Competition, and helped organize two special RASIG-sponsored industry meetings on service design. He pioneered scheduled railroading and had a significant role in moving the industry away from tonnage-based operations. Every major railway in North America, and several major railways in Europe, Asia, and Africa, have directly benefitted from his work and vision. Carl also developed many of the computer models that railways now routinely use to design service and support scheduled operations, embodied in his well-known MultiRail system. His seminal work in algorithmic blocking had substantial influence on the control systems of several railways and on how many railways perform service design studies.

On Sunday evening, the 2014 INFORMS Awards Ceremony was hosted by President Steve Robinson, followed by a delicious desert reception for both winners and attendees. Congratulations again to our 2014 winners!   


Saul Gass Expository Writing Award

Stephen Boyd, Stanford University


INFORMS President's Award

András Prékopa, Rutgers University


INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of ORMS Practice

Jason Merrick, Virginia Commonwealth University


George E. Kimball Medal

Terry P. Harrison, CAP, Pennsylvania State University


John von Neumann Theory Prize

Nimrod Megiddo, IBM


INFORMS Impact Prize

Brenda Dietrich, IBM

JP Fasano, IBM

Lou Hafer, Simon Fraser University

John Forrest, IBM

Brady Hunsaker, Google

Laszlo Ladanyi, IBM

Robin Lougee, IBM

Ted Ralphs, Lehigh University

Matthew Saltzman, Clemson University


Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services

Jónas Oddur Jónasson, London Business School


Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Military Applications

Jason Southerland, George Mason University


George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition

Daniel Russo, Stanford University


George B. Dantzig Dissertation Prize

Santiago Balserio, Duke University


Doing Good with Good O.R. Student Competition

Eoin O'Mahony, Cornell University


Undergraduate Operations Research Prize

Hongfan Chen, Georgia Tech


Morse McCord Lecture Paper

Dimitris Bertsimas, of MIT, is the 2014-2015 Philip H. Morse McCord Lecturer. You may download his paper, "Statistics and Machine Learning via a Modern Optimization Lens" here

The 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco was one for the record books, with nearly 5,600 operations researchers, management scientists, analytics experts, practitioners, professors, and students exploring a full range of new research and fascinating plenaries. We hope you were there to experience INFORMS history being made! Four incredible days were filled with 83 simultaneous tracks worth of the latest in OR/MS and analytics, a 50th Anniversary celebration for the Decision Analysis Society, and wonderful San Francisco-style food at the General Reception. Couldn't make it to #informs2014? Click here to read blogs that will fill you in on the action.

INFORMS is rebranding and revamping 'Focus On' as the new INFORMS Editor's Cut (IEC) collections bringing together key analytical insights and innovations from leading academics and practitioners on relevant topics through a multimedia experience. IEC will emphasize leading topic areas and package multimedia materials for our members and the press. INFORMS past president Anne Robinson has been appointed the series editor (2015-2017). We are currently soliciting topic collection ideas and volume editors to lead them. Please click here to submit applications and suggestions.

The INFORMS Analytics Maturity Model officially launches in San Francisco with a special reception for practitioners, a workshop on using the model, and a booth where you can examine the model and ask your questions. In this special INFORMS Today podcast, AMM chair Norm Reitter of CANA Advisors and Accenture's Aaron Burciaga, a key developer of the model, talk about how you can use it at your company, how the model has developed, and what you can learn at the Annual Meeting. Listen to them here.

San Francisco average temperatures rest in the low 70s in November. Skies are consistently sunny but prepare for bayside breezes by packing a few layers just in case. Bring a jacket for outdoors and sweater for indoors. Click here for weather updates.

Every neighborhood in San Francisco has its own personality, from the hippie chic of the Upper Haight to the hipster grit of the Mission. The Marina District boasts trendy bistros and postcard-perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge, while Noe Valley offers quaint and quiet boutiques. Wave hello to the sea lions at Pier 39, and sample local cheese and charcuterie at the Ferry Building. Sit in on a yoga session in Dolores Park or marvel at the Dutch Windmill across from Ocean Beach. Click here for more information.Assistance is also available, with tourist information and directions, at the Hilton and Parc 55 concierge desks.

Be a part of the largest gathering of O.R. and analytics job seekers and employers. The Job Fair is free to meeting registrants but you shouldregister in the INFORMS Career Center so employers know you are here. Employers must register in the INFORMS Career Center to participate. Direct questions to careers@informs.org for more details. The Job Fair includes employer/job seeker meet and greet, on-site interviews, and panel discussions.

Guest Bloggers

Be sure to check the Annual Meeting website frequently for insightful posts from our team of guest bloggers.  Feel free to post your own comment. See the blogs from a previous Annual Meeting.   


All attendees are encouraged to tweet by adding hashtag #informs2014. Tweets will be displayed on the front page of the Annual Meeting website and on video monitors. See what others are saying already! Also, follow @INFORMS2014 for official conference updates. Pick up your tweeter ribbon at the INFORMS booth. 

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