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Welcome! INFORMS is home to a diverse collection of academic and industry experts in fields including operations research, analytics, management science, economics, behavioral science, statistics, artificial intelligence, data science, applied mathematics, and more. Although our members' work is often highly complex, we are unified under a simple, shared mission: advance and promote the science and technology of decision making to save lives, save money, and solve problems. Whether you're at the beginning of your academic and professional adventure or decades into a successful career, INFORMS membership will connect you with a group of peers with whom you can collaborate, learn, grow, and share your journey.



What Leads Someone to Pursue a Career in Academia?

"When it ultimately came time to apply to jobs, I still had no idea what to do or where to apply. I sat down and thought about what I really wanted out of my career and my personal life and I began to make my list of requirements for jobs. I did not apply everywhere because I knew that I would not be happy in every position. First, I wanted to live in or within driving distance of a city. Second, I really liked teaching and I wanted to teach undergraduates. Third, I wanted to continue solving problems and conducting research in the healthcare realm."

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– Anna Svirsko
   United States Naval Academy

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How Can I Network and the INFORMS Annual Meeting?

"If you recently became an INFORMS member and this is your first time attending an INFORMS Annual Meeting, you might get surprised by the number of possible events and activities. If you are presenting your work, your main agenda for the conference might be your presentation. While delivering a good talk is important for your reputation, networking is a crucial part of any conference."

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– Banafsheh Behzad
   California State University, Long Beach

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Awareness Podcast

This week's episode of the Resoundingly Human podcast features 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting Host Brad Weaber:

A sneak peek of the 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting, featuring host Brad Weaber

For today's episode, we'll be doing something a little different. Recently I was joined at INFORMS headquarters by Brad Weaber, our wonderfully dynamic and engaging host for the upcoming 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting. This year's meeting features a flexible format, with the opportunity to participate in-person in Anaheim, CA, as well as a fully virtual meeting platform that can be accessed from anywhere in the world.A self-described cruise director on land, Brad will be helping bridge the gap between in-person and virtual attendees, igniting conversations and sparking lasting connections, as well as helping to highlight the many unique features of the upcoming meeting.

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How Can I Find Like-minded People in the OR/MS and Analytics Community?

"INFORMS members often say the reason they joined our professional association is “networking.” That said, networking is a nonspecific concept that means different things to different people. Attending a conference, enrolling in a mentoring program, or replying to an online discussion thread are all actions that could result in meaningful networking. Too often, they don’t.

At the heart of networking is this question: How can I find and build a relationship with people like me?"

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– Tracy Cahall

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