Not just “Watching” the waves, but “Catching” the Waves this year…

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As a long time member of INFORMS, I have had the pleasure of seeing the Analytics conference grow and become the premier event where leading professionals in our field report on their success stories. Unbelievably, this is the first time that I am attending the Analytics conference, even though I only missed two annual meetings in the last fifteen years. As an academic, I am looking forward to “listening” and learning about the impact that our field has recently had on the world we live in and what we can do to push the Analytics movement even further. I believe that the conference will not only help me understand some of the contemporary problems and inform my research, but will also shape the way that I teach my classes to appropriately prepare the next generation of OR practitioners. In my role as the VP for Sections/Societies, I have observed that many academics share my enthusiasm about hearing on industry practice and experiences, and many members on the Subdivisions Council have recommended that we find more ways to increase the interaction between academics and practitioners so that academics work with practitioners, developing useful solutions to problems relevant to the world we live in. I believe that the Analytics conference is a big step in that direction, and I am hoping that more and more academics will recognize the tremendous value it offers!