INFORMS Initiatives

Applications for 2017 Wagner Prize now open

C. Allen Butler

C. Allen Butler

Applications for the 2017 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice are now open. A two-page abstract in English that provides evidence of mathematical development, solution, unique new algorithm or series of coherent advances developed in conjunction with an application is due by May 1.

The prize emphasizes the quality and coherence of the analysis used in practice. During his years as president and principal owner of Daniel H. Wagner, Associates, Inc., Dr. Wagner brought many high-quality mathematicians into the operations research community. He strove for strong mathematics applied to practical problems, supported by clear and intelligible writing. This prize recognizes those principles by emphasizing good writing, strong analytical content and verifiable practice successes.

Administered by CPMS, the Practice Section of INFORMS, the award consists of a cash amount from endowments from the firms Metron, Inc., Daniel H. Wagner, Associates, Inc. and Applied Mathematics, Inc. The competition is held each year in the fall at the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

C. Allen Butler (photo) of Daniel H. Wagner, Associates, Inc., chairs the prize committee.

To learn more, visit: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes-Awards/Daniel-H.-Wagner-Prize-for-Excellence-in-Operations-Research-Practice/.

Pro Bono Analytics program accepting volunteers

Make a difference in underserved communities by volunteering your time and talents to the INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics program. The program gives non-profit organizations the opportunity to work with analytics professionals on a volunteer basis to help solve challenges and create new opportunities for success with the scientific process of transforming data into insight.

The initiative matches INFORMS’ analytics professional volunteers with non-profit organizations that would benefit from advanced analytics and operations research training and techniques. By focusing on current analytics issues as they relate to non-profit organizations, the Pro Bono Analytics team will be able to take the necessary steps in assisting to solve the most complex of issues.

Volunteer opportunities are constantly being added. To learn more, visit: connect.informs.org/probonoanalytics/home