UPS George D. Smith Prize

Congratulations to the 2016 UPS George D. Smith Prize Winner

Carnegie Mellon University, H. John Heinz III College, School of Information Systems and Management, and School of Public Policy and Management

They presented their program at the 2016 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Orlando, Florida. The winner was announced at the Edelman Gala on April 11.


The H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University embodies the  true spirit of the UPS George D. Smith Prize in its distinctive approach to educating students to understand real-world problems, design solutions, make decisions and evaluate impact.   The unique curriculum seamless blends analytics, technology and deployment skills to create an environment where students are prepared to practice operations research on the challenging issues of our time, working with uncertain information and negotiated outcomes.  Since its founding in 1968 “to educate men and women for intelligent action,” more than 11,000 students have graduated from the College of Information Systems and Public Policy.  The outstanding accomplishments of the alumni and the ranks of eager external partners, spanning all sectors of the economy, are a testimony to the programs’ sustained effectiveness.

By awarding the 2016 UPS George D. Smith Prize to the H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy, INFORMS salutes the Carnegie Mellon University program and its graduates for their outstanding contributions to the society by practicing operations research.

Purpose of the Award

George D. Smith Prize

Strengthening Ties
Academia and Industry

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. 

Featured Award

Application Process

Nomination deadline: October 31, 2016

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


2016-2017 Committee Chair

Robin Lougee
IBM Research

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