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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 at 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 Phil Jenkins of the Air Force Institute of Technology:

Flying high with analytics: Helping the Air Force address its pilot shortage

The fascinating history of operations research can trace some of its earliest applications back to the military during World War II. Since then, its role has continued to grow and evolve, and today it is still a vital tool in helping our modern military address some of its most complex challenges, from logistics, to equipment, to personnel, and more.

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How to Choose a Career in Industry after Earning a PhD?

"'Academia or industry?' is one of the most commonly asked questions for students pursuing or considering a Ph.D. in a quantitative field. For many, their preference is not obvious from the outset, and the search for an answer can be quite anxiety-inducing. I chose industry, and I hope that sharing some of my own story and reasoning can help others make the decision that is best for them."

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– Nathaniel Richmond

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