INFORMS NEWS: UPS George D. Smith Prize


Randy Stashick (second from left), global vice president of engineering at UPS, presents the UPS George D. Smith Prize to the Naval Postgraduate School.

INFORMS awarded its 2013 UPS George D. Smith Prize to the Naval Post Graduate School, located in Monterey, Calif.

The UPS George D. Smith Prize is awarded to an academic department or program for effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of operations research.

“The Naval Postgraduate School trains its students in making important line and policy research that is meant to ensure military preparedness, proper military planning, strong execution during wartime, and overall enlightened policy planning,” said Donald Smith of Monmouth University and prize committee chair. “Its graduates help make important decisions at multitude of levels. The program is unique in its strong and inexorable link to its sponsor, the U.S. Department of Defense, which keeps NPS students and faculty focused on applying methods to solve problems facing the military and other diverse branches of government, with a focus improving operational efficiency and effectiveness.”

The Lehigh University’s Enterprise System Center and Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Leaders for Global Operations Program were finalists.