INFORMS News: INFORMS names Inniss director of Education and Industry Outreach

Dr. Tasha R. Inniss

INFORMS announced that Dr. Tasha R. Inniss has joined the INFORMS staff as the inaugural director of Education and Industry Outreach. In this role, she will contribute her extensive mathematics and education background to the overall vision, strategic direction and implementation of all education- and practice (industry)-related activities and outreach.

Prior to joining INFORMS, Inniss served as the acting deputy division director of the Division of Human Resource Development in the Directorate of Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation. Concurrent with that, she was a tenured associate professor of mathematics at Spelman College in Atlanta.

Inniss graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. She earned a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park. She was one of the first three African-American women to receive a doctorate in mathematics from UMD. Her first faculty position after completing her doctorate was as a Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Mathematics at Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University) in Washington, D.C.

As an applied mathematician, her research interests are in the areas of data mining/data science, operations research and applied statistics. In addition to Inniss’ research interests, she also has a passion for teaching mathematics and encouraging undergraduate students to pursue degrees in STEM disciplines. When she was a junior faculty member at Spelman College, Inniss received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching because of her innovative teaching techniques and dedication to helping students to see how mathematics is applied in the real world.

“I am most excited about joining the dynamic INFORMS staff and working collaboratively to develop innovative integrated (education and practice) initiatives that help to support the goals and priorities of INFORMS,” Inniss says.