Women in OR/MS


Established in 1995, the purpose of the Forum for Women in OR/MS is:

  • To encourage interest in the field of operations research and the management sciences
  • To encourage discussion and interaction among individuals having interest in the issues facing women and their relationship to the profession of operations research and the management sciences
  • To advise the INFORMS Board on aspects of issues facing women in the profession of operations research and the management sciences and to keep the INFORMS Board apprised of developments in this area

Get the word out! Make sure to nominate outstanding women in OR/MS for INFORMS Awards and Prizes.

If you would like to volunteer for the Forum activities, join the mailing list, or would like to receive information about forum-related events, please contact the officers.

2016 WORMS Travel Awards

WORMS has 3 travel awards available for the INFORMS Annual Conference in Nashville in 2016!

2015 Award for the Advancement of Women in Operations Research and Management Science

Congratulations to Prof. Margaret Brandeau, the 2015 winner of the Award for the Advancement of Women in Operations Research and Management Science! 

Prof. Margaret Brandeau
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WORMS Events at 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting

We celebrated our 20th anniversary at INFORMS 2015 this year!  We organized a number of events at the conference, including a dessert reception to celebrate years of WORMS and our first-ever "Coffee with a Mentor" program:

  • WORMS Business Meeting
  • WORMS Luncheon 
  • 20th Anniversary Networking and Dessert Reception
  • Coffee with a Mentor: Participants in the WORMS Mentorship Network were encouraged to meet during the INFORMS Annual Meeting
  • 2015 WORMS Sponsored Sessions
    • Gender Inspired Research.  Susana Lai-yuen and Grisselle Centeno, "Innovative Pedagogical Interventions to Increase Retention of Women in Engineering"; David Anderson and Margret Bjarnadottir, "Responses to Equal Pay Legislation"; Wendy Casper and Victoria Chen, "Work-Life Balance for Women"
    • Panel Discussion: Strategies for Advancing Women in OR/MS. WORMS panelists looked back at 20 years of Women in OR/MS, and discussed the future of WORMS and strategies for advancing Women in OR/MS

2015 Sponsors

  University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business

University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

University of Michigan, IOE

University of Arizona, SIE

The Ohio State University, ISE

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Dallas

Georgia Institute of Technology, School of ISyE

Eindhoven University of Technology

Inverse Limit, LLC

European Business School (ICSM)

New York University, Stern School of Business

Duke University, Fuqua School of Business

University of Florida, Warrington College of Business

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

Harvey Mudd College

California State University, Long Beach

University of Florida, ISE

Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business

Southern Methodist University, Lyle School of Engineering

Pennsylvania State University, SC&IS

The University of Texas at Arlington, IMSE

Texas A&M University, Mays Business School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ISE

Dr. Gilbert Laporte (HEC, Montréal)

Dr. Candace Yano (UC Berkeley)

Dr. Haoying Sun (Texas A&M)

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