INFORMS News: Picture Perfect Performance

The INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Huntington Beach, Calif., drew a record number of attendees for a three-day program highlighted by first-class presentations and networking events, capped by the Edelman Awards Gala. From the workshops to the weather, the conference was a big success, and, judging by the smiles on many of the faces pictured here, a lot of fun.

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Clockwise, starting from photo above: Well-dressed Master of Ceremonies Graham Rand adds a humorous touch to the Edelman Awards Gala; INFORMS President Terry Harrison announces the Edelman winner in dramatic fashion; Conference General Chair Erica Klampfl and her committee of volunteers join with INFORMS staff to stage a memorable event; INFORMS Director of Communications Barry List (l) interviews Thomas Olavson (r), director of operations decision support at Google.
INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research
   
INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research
  Clockwise, starting from photo on the left: Harrison Schramm, Jeffrey Kline and Issac Gonzalez (l-r) share a few laughs at one of the conference’s many social events; Edelman medals await Edelman finalists; INFORMS Past Presidents Rina Schneur (far left) and Susan Albin (far right) join Ann Bixby (second from left) and Conference General Chair Erica Klampfl (third from left); Birds-of-a-Feather groups give attendees an opportunity to gather in a casual setting to discuss mutual interests.
INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research
INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research