Candace Yano

Past Awards

George E. Kimball Medal: Awardee(s)
Winning material:
2018 - Awardee(s)

Candace Arai Yano received her A.B. in Economics (Honors), M.S. degrees in both Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, all from Stanford University. She was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1981 to 1982, and was on the faculty of the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan before joining the University of California, Berkeley in 1993.  She has a joint appointment between the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and the Haas School of Business, and holds the Gary and Sherron Kalbach Chair of Business Administration. 

Professor Yano’s early research focused on analytical models for optimizing operational decisions in response to uncertainty in demand, lead times, and yields in multi-stage manufacturing systems. She continues to work on related problems, but more recently, has been interested in interdisciplinary problems at the interface between operations management and marketing. Motivated to work on challenging new problems arising in practice, with  both doctoral students and other colleagues, she has worked on a wide variety of topics over the years, including sequencing vehicles on assembly lines, scheduling container shipments on railroads, product line selection and pricing, and print preservation decisions for research journals.

Professor Yano was the co-chair for the first conference of the ORSA Technical Section on Manufacturing Management (TECMAN) in 1994 and President of TECMAN in 1994-95.  In the latter capacity, she played a key role in the founding of the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM) Society.  She was also a co-founder of the Women in OR/MS Forum (WORMS) and served as its President in 1998-99

Within the broader INFORMS community, Professor Yano served as Chair of the Job Placement Committee (1995-2004) and in that role, initiated the now-popular Job (later Career) Fair at the annual meetings.  She also served on Subdivisions Committees and the Student Affairs Committee.  In 2006-2007, she served as Vice President of Marketing and Outreach.  She served as Program Chair for the INFORMS National Meeting in San Jose in 2002 and General Chair for the meeting in San Francisco in 2014.  She has also been a frequent presenter at Doctoral Student and New Faculty Colloquia. 

Professor Yano has served as Department Editor for Management Science (2003-08), Deputy Editor (2002) and Senior Editor (1996-2005) for Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Department Editor for Interfaces (1998-2004), Associate Editor for Operations Research (1995-2000), and editorial board member for Service Science (2015 to present), and has served on nominating and review committees for several INFORMS journals.

Professor Yano is a Fellow of INFORMS and of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering.  From INFORMS subdivisions, she has received the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Distinguished  Service Award (1997), and the WORMS Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS (2008).

INFORMS Elected Fellows: Awardee(s)

WORMS Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS: Awardee(s)

MSOM Distinguished Service Award: Awardee(s)
Winning material: for her dedicated service in the Section's formative years, including her work for the first MSOM Conference