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INFORMS is the largest professional association for the decision and data sciences.

Welcome! We are 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.

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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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A Look Back at a Wonderful Career in Operations Research

"Entering Stanford University as an undergraduate, my timing was perfect because Jerry Lieberman had just introduced the very first course in the entire university in this budding new field. I loved the course and I knew then that this would be the perfect career field for me. That was 66 years ago."

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– Fred Hillier
   Stanford University, Retired

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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
   Shopify

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