INFORMS Fellows: Criteria

The Fellow Award is reserved for distinguished individuals who have demonstrated outstanding and exceptional accomplishments and experience in operations research and the management sciences (OR/MS).

The contributions of a nominee will be evaluated in each of the following five categories; contributions must be outstanding in at least one category:

  • Research
    includes theoretical, empirical, or computational innovations in OR/MS;
  • Practice
    includes substantial application of OR/MS to significant practical problems;
  • Management
    includes significant responsibility for and direction of the development and application of OR/MS techniques and knowledge, within an organization of any type (e.g. academic, for-profit, nonprofit, governmental, military, health care), over an extended period of time, that have had a major impact internal and/or external to the organization;
  • Education
    includes activities that had significant impact on the growth and development of OR/MS education;
  • Service
    includes significant work over an extended period of time on behalf of INFORMS and its functions and/or significant contributions that advanced the stature and recognition of the OR/MS profession.

Contributions to all of these areas will be evaluated, but in at least one area contributions must be truly outstanding. With rare exception, the nominee's contributions should extend over a period of years and not be limited to a single result. Except for very rare cases, because the award recipient is named an INFORMS Fellow, some service to INFORMS is a prerequisite for all nominees.