UPS George D. Smith Prize

Eindhoven University of Technology’s Master of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Awarded the 2022 INFORMS UPS George D. Smith Prize

View their presentation here.

2022 - Winner(s)

2022 Winner(s)


The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology represents the best in developing an ecosystem of industry and academic partners. The mission and spirit of the UPS George D. Smith Prize is evidenced in these collaborations and in Eindhoven’s focus on Industrial Mathematics.

Eindhoven’s Industrial and Applied Mathematics (IAM) program promotes an individualized educational experience while ensuring a high level of technical, communication, and industrial skills. This unique learning environment is evidenced in the compilation of a mandatory Professional Portfolio. These portfolios provide students with an invaluable vehicle for demonstrating their knowledge of operations research and applied mathematics. It also provides an introspective opportunity for students to evaluate and manage their educational journey.

The Netherlands philosophy of working across government, industry, and academia in embodied in Eindhoven’s masters and PhD programs. The results are reflected in the stellar career results of their graduates.  

By awarding the 2022 UPS George D. Smith Prize to the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Eindhoven University, INFORMS salutes them and their graduates for outstanding contributions to the society by practicing operations research.

Purpose of the Award

George D. Smith Prize

Strengthening Ties Between Academia and Industry

2022 & 2023 Committee Chair

Andrew Wasser
Carnegie Mellon University

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 the INFORMS Practice Section, 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 generously sponsors 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. 

Application Process

Nomination deadline: November 28, 2022

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


This award is administered by the Practice Section of INFORMS. To learn more about the section and how to become a member, visit their website here.