Social Events

Special Receptions

Welcome Reception & Exhibits
Convention Center – Exhibit Hall D
INFORMS and the Minneapolis Organizing Committee welcome you to the 2013 Annual Meeting with an evening of fellowship and fun. The Welcome Reception is the perfect venue to meet with colleagues and visit the exhibits. Light snacks will be served. Soft drinks are complimentary, with a cash bar for other beverages.


INFORMS Awards Ceremony & Dessert Reception
8:30pm-9:45pm (Doors close at 8:45pm)
Convention Center- Ballroom A

The INFORMS Board of Directors invites you to honor and celebrate the achievements of our colleagues at the annual Awards Ceremony. You can attend the Welcome Reception first and then walk down the foyer to Ballroom A for the Awards Ceremony. Following the ceremony, you’ll have an opportunity to congratulate the awardees at a special dessert reception.
Please note that the reception is part of the ceremony event, open to the awardees, their friends and colleagues, and all those who attend the Award Ceremony itself. We are sorry we cannot accommodate guests to the reception who do not also attend the ceremony.


These prestigious awards will be presented during the ceremony:


INFORMS Expository Writing Award
Frank P. Kelly, University of Cambridge


INFORMS President’s Award
Arthur M. Geoffrion


Frederick W. Lanchester Award
To Be Announced at Awards Ceremony


INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of ORMS Practice
Alexandra M. Newman, Colorado School of Mines


George E. Kimball Medal
Rina R. Schneur, Verizon Laboratories
Eric Wolman, Retired


John von Neumann Theory Prize
To Be Announced at Awards Ceremony


Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations
Research in Health Services

Pooyan Kazemian, University of Michigan


Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations
Research in Military Applications

Nathanial D. Bastian, The Pennsylvania State University


Four student awards will also be announced during the ceremony: the George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition, the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Prize, the Doing Good
with Good O.R. Student Competition, and the INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Prize


Sponsored by GAMS


General Reception:
Winter in the City & Summer Up-North
Convention Center – Exhibit Hall A, Lower Level


Everyone knows there’s nothing bland about Minnesota weather! At this year’s general
reception, you can experience the snows of a Minneapolis winter and the sunshine of a Northwoods summer – all in one fun evening. Winter in the City features replicas of some Minneapolis icons – like the “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture and the University of Minnesota’s new football stadium in Dinkytown. Summer Up-North showcases the log cabins and bait and tackle shops that line the roads in every northern Minnesota town.

Don’t miss the downtown graffiti wall where you can don an artist’s cap and engage in some constructive vandalism – and bring home a photo of your art. We’ll have a couple of photo stations as well, complete with hats, mittens and furs for shivering in the city, as well as a fishing pole and plaid shirt for your trip up north. Step over to the campfire to make s’mores (with as many marshmallows as you can fit on the graham cracker). Play a round of golf at our 9-hole miniature course. And as a bonus– rock the night away to the music of Rockfist, a hot rock ‘n roll cover band.

Of course, we’ll be serving up a hearty menu that features some Minnesota favorites: walleye cakes with lemon aioli, State Fair all-beef corn dogs, veggie black bean burger, turkey burger slider, grilled fresh corn on the cob, wild rice and wheatberry salad, camp potatoes, vegetarian baked beans and cole slaw. You’ll have a great time – you betcha!



Networking & Social Events

NEW! Especially for Students

Coffee with a Member
This new pilot program connects INFORMS students with some of INFORMS most enthusiastic “regular” members for 15-minute impromptu meetings and some sage INFORMS advice. We know the Annual Meeting can be a bit overwhelming and are hoping these casual meetings will make students more comfortable, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about both the meeting and INFORMS. Student attendees were offered the opportunity to sign up before the meeting on a first-come, first-served basis (it is not possible to sign up onsite in Minneapolis). We will follow up after the meeting with a short survey to the students and regular members who participated to judge the effectiveness of the program.


Student Networking Lounge
Relax and network with other students in the INFORMS Student Lounge. We’ve created this space in Exhibit Hall D, so that you can take this opportunity to introduce yourself to other students, share your conference experiences, talk about the sessions you’ve attended, and surf the net.
Follow @INFORMS2013 to keep an eye out for special pop-up Student Lounge happenings.


Saturday, October 5
INFORMS Membership Meeting & Reception
Center - 101G-H, Level 1
The INFORMS Board of Directors encourages
all members to bring their ideas, opinions and suggestions to this annual meeting. Current business and future directions for INFORMS are on the agenda. Wine and cheese will be served.


Sunday, October 6
New Member Welcome Breakfast
Center - Seasons, Level 2
By Invitation – Ticket Required
New INFORMS members received a ticket for this welcome breakfast in their registration packets. The session will feature a presentation on member benefits, a brief orientation to navigating the meeting, and a chance to relax and connect with colleagues. Representatives from INFORMS communities will facilitate networking tables where you can meet other members who share your professional interests.


Junior Faculty Interest Group Luncheon
Hilton - Grand A, 3rd Fl.
$25 ($15 students) - A limited number of tickets may be available on-site. Go to the INFORMS registration desk for information on availability. No tickets will be sold at the door. The winners of the 2013 JFIG Paper Competition will be presented with awards. All junior faculty are invited to participate. This event gives junior faculty in engineering and business schools the opportunity to discuss career development and exchange ideas.
Sponsored by INSEAD; University of Florida; Texas A&M University, Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering; and Wichita State University.


INFORMS Online & Social Networking Reception
Hilton - Rochester, 3rd Fl.
What's your social networking strategy for yourself or for INFORMS? We invite all contributors to IOL (the INFORMS website) and INFORMS social networking sites to come and meet face to face. Join us for refreshments and drinks - we are your INFORMS Online community!


Minority Issues Forum Reception
Hilton - Grand A, 3rd Fl.
Come meet old friends and make new ones while talking about minority issues and other intellectual issues and opportunities. Posters submitted to the Minority Issues Forum Poster Competition will be on display during the
Sponsored by North Carolina State University, Edward P. Fitts Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering; University of Arkansas, Dept. of Industrial Engineering; Cornell University, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering; University of Michigan, Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering; and Clemson University, Dept. of Industrial Engineering.


Monday, October 7
COIN-OR Members & Users Meeting
Bag Lunch
Center - 102D, Level 1
Anyone interested in open-source software tools, open standards, and data and model repositories for any aspect of operations research is encouraged to attend this Computational Infrastructure for OR (COIN-OR) meeting. Please bring your own lunch and ideas. For more information, visit


Center - Seasons, Level 2
$15 - Section member ($20 nonmember) - A
limited number of tickets may be available
on-site. Go to the INFORMS registration desk for information on availability. No tickets will be sold at the door.
This lunch and business meeting is open to members of the INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Service and Needs and also those who are interested in joining the section.
Sponsored by Georgia Institute of Technology, Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering; Kansas State University, Dept. of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering; and University of Michigan, Dept. of Industrial & Operations Engineering.


CPMS Isolated Practitioner Workshop
& Reception

Center - 201A, Level 2
CPMS, The Practice Section of INFORMS, sponsors this workshop on topics of interest to isolated practitioners, the “Lone Rangers” of OR/MS. This workshop will address timely issues that affect isolated practitioners. All are welcome to participate. Wine and cheese will be served.


Student Awards Ceremony & Reception
Awards Ceremony: 7:30pm-8:00pm
Reception: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Hilton - Grand D, 3rd Fl.
All students registered for the meeting are invited to attend the Student Awards Ceremony. The Chapters/Fora Committee will present the winners of the Student Chapter Annual Awards and the Judith Liebman Awards. Join us to recognize the great contributions of our most dynamic student volunteers. Plan to stay for the Student Reception, which immediately follows the ceremony.

The reception that follows the Awards Ceremony is open to all students – join us for an evening of food and drink, fun and networking. Come relax after a busy day of sessions and mingle with fellow students from universities around the world.
Sponsored by The Seth Bonder Foundation.


Tuesday, October 8
Saul Gass Memorial Fun Run
6:30am-7:00am: Check-in
7:00am-8:00am: Run
Loring Park, on Nicollet Mall-Across the street from the Hyatt Hotel entrance
$10 (Includes T-shirt!) – You can register at the INFORMS registration desk for the run – deadline to sign up is Monday at 5:00pm.
We’re bringing back a great INFORMS event this year and honoring OR luminary Saul Gass at the same time. Saul championed the run at the INFORMS meeting for many years as a laid-back, informal, everybody-included event. This year’s run will be in the same tradition. You can walk, jog, stroll, trot or run this 5K course that winds its way through beautiful Loring Park, an oasis of greenery and water right in the heart of the city. The starting point is just across the street from the Hyatt Hotel on Nicollet Mall. The emphasis is on having fun, convening with old and new INFORMS colleagues, and working those muscles in preparation for another packed day of sessions. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three female runners and top three male runners.


Women in OR/MS Forum Luncheon
Center - Seasons, Level 2
$18 ($8 students) – A limited number of
tickets may be available on-site. Go to the INFORMS registration desk for information on availability. No tickets will be sold at the door. All those interested in issues related to women professionals in OR/MS are invited to join us.
Sponsored by Georgia Tech, Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering; SAS, Inc.; Texas A&M University, Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering; University of Alabama, College of Business; University of Massachusetts, Isenberg School of Business; University of Arizona, Systems & Industrial Engineering; Northwestern University, Dept. of Industrial Engineering & Management Science; Virginia Commonwealth University, Dept. of Statistical Sciences & O.R; SIMUL8 Corporation; University of Texas-Arlington; Penn State University-Erie; University of Texas-Austin, Operations Research & Industrial Engineering; and University of Florida, Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering.