UPS George D. Smith Prize

Congratulations to the 2015 UPS George D. Smith Prize Winner

Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia - Center for Operations Excellence

They presented their program at the 2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Huntington Beach, California. The winner was announced at the Edelman Gala on April 13th. Read the Press Release.

2015 UPS Smith Prize Winner

Purpose of the Award

George D. Smith Prize

Strengthening Ties
Academia and Industry

Deadline for 2016 Applications is Friday, October 30, 2015.

The UPS George D. Smith Prize is created in the spirit of strengthening ties between industry and the schools of higher education that graduate young practitioners of operations research. INFORMS, with the help of CPMS, will award the prize to an academic department or program for effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of operations research, management science, or analytics.

The UPS George D. Smith Prize is named in honor of the late UPS Chief Executive Officer who was a champion of operations researchers at a leading Fortune 500 corporation. UPS has generously underwritten the award in his memory.

The prize will be awarded to an academic program or department. It will include a trophy and a $10,000 cash award. The UPS George D. Smith Prize will be announced at the 2016 Franz Edelman Gala at the INFORMS Analytics Conference.

The application process begins with a summary of the role of operations research in the academic program and why competence in operations research practice is one of the goals of the program, written verification of program success, and a commitment, if selected as a finalist, to give a 30-minute oral presentation at the spring 2016 Analytics Conference in Orlando, Florida, and, if selected as a winner, to reprise the presentation at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

Submissions can be made to

Featured Award

Application Process

Deadline for 2016 Applications is Friday, October 30, 2015

Application Process & Procedures

About the Award/Namesake

George Smith

“As we grow in size, our problems increase geometrically. Without operational research, we would be analyzing our problems intuitively only, and we would miss many opportunities to get maximum efficiency out of our operation.” –George D. Smith: Our Partnership Legacy


2016 Committee Chair

Robin Lougee
IBM Research

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