Real-World Career Guidance for Practice-Oriented Early-Career Practitioners

When:Sunday, April 15, 2018 (immediately preceding INFORMS Business Analytics Conference)
 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where:Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, Maryland

The Early Career Professionals’ Network (ECPN) is hosting a highly selective interactive colloquium designed to help practice-oriented graduate students and early-career practitioners in their analytics/O.R. career.  ECPN combines two former events, the Professional Colloquium (IPC) and Early Career Connections (ECC). Analytics and O.R. graduate degree programs develop motivated, analytical, and technically-sound graduates. However, these programs do not necessarily cover the “softer” and “higher-level” skills necessary for success in technical careers. This colloquium presents the perspective of experienced practitioners who have bridged the gap in order to give attendees (who are either early in their career or soon to graduate) a jump-start in their new careers.

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  • The event will strive to have representation from varied universities and organizations to ensure diverse perspectives among attendees. Attendance will be limited to ensure quality of interaction.
  • Participants must be enrolled in or have graduated from a graduate degree program in analytics, operations research, management science, or a related field.
  • Participants must be nominated by their university program/department or employment supervisor.
  • A department or employer may nominate multiple students or employees. When nominating multiple students or employees, the department or employer needs to indicate the preferred priority of nominees in the event that total nominations exceed the event’s attendance limit.
  • The event is geared to both Master’s and Ph.D. students or recent graduates and both are welcome to apply. Students in the later years of technical degree programs or graduates from technical degree programs who are early in their career are both considered for attendance, and both will be given equal consideration.

Nomination Deadline:  Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Notification Date: March 8, 2018

Nomination Package: This should be completed and uploaded by the department chair, program director, or supervisor. Packages are due by close of business on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 and must include the following information in the format specified:

  • Letter of recommendation from the department chair, program director, or supervisor.
  • Statement of purpose from the nominee including description of career and research interests.
  • Nominee’s name, mailing address, email address and phone number.
  • Other required information to include in the submission: nominee’s major field of study, expected degree (M.S., PhD, MBA, etc.), expected date of graduation, thesis/dissertation title (or area of concentration if nominee’s program does not require a thesis), and current employer and position.
  • Estimate of travel expenses and amount of financial aid requested. Note: Award amounts will be determined after sponsorships have been confirmed. If this request is not included in the nomination package, no consideration will be given for financial aid.

Please follow this link to the nomination form.

Testimonials from Previous Attendees


  • Jose Eduardo Oros M.S
    Marketing Data Analyst, Pandora, USA
    (Attended IPC in 2017 as a Graduate Student from Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University)

    The INFORMS Professional Colloquium is an all-round analytics experience. You are provided with the opportunity to interact with highly regarded experts in diverse fields of analytics, from ground breaking research to managerial experts. Furthermore, the small size of the colloquium group gives you the chance to closely interact with speakers, and have one-to-one sessions with a senior mentor, assigned based on your interest and experience. It provides a unique chance to meet and network with peers from the best analytics programs in the country and exchange ideas, questions and contacts.

  • Yulia Vorotyntseva M.S
    PhD Candidate- Operations Research
    The University of Texas at Dallas

    I went to the IPC 2017 because I had too little exposure to the industry during my PhD program, and I wanted to learn about possibilities of research collaboration and career opportunities that industry provides. My colleagues who had participated in this colloquium in the past, highly recommended it to me, and I am happy that I took their advice. In just one day my perspective on the practice of analytics broadened tremendously. Most importantly, thanks to the comfortable networking environment, I met influential industry practitioners and enjoyed time with my peers. I strongly believe that participating in IPC is simply a good idea for everyone who is considering a career in a field related to business analytics.

  • Vijaya Priya Rama Vijayasarathy B.E.,
    Graduate Student
    M.S. Healthcare Policy and Management (MSHCPM)
    Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

    The INFORMS Analytics Conference in Las Vegas (2017) was my first conference during my graduate education. I was deeply interested in connecting with young professionals from interdisciplinary backgrounds with an interest in analytics, operations research, and management science. The Early Career Professional Network (previously referred to as the INFORMS Professional Colloquium or IPC) was a perfect platform that brought together 20 exceptionally talented students (graduate and PhD) with similar interests from across the U.S. & Canada. In addition to the exceptionally talented peers, the panelists were amazing, and the Career Fair was extremely useful. Most of all, the professional network at INFORMS IPC is one of the best I’ve ever experienced. I am still in touch with my cohort of IPC attendees. IPC has transformed my learning experience and inspired me to learn more through fun learning experiences. Thank you, INFORMS. I strongly recommend IPC to any career-driven, analytically inclined, and ambitious young professional. Good luck!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

The co-chairs of the ECPN event are Alan Briggs, CAP, (Ayasdi) and Sophia Sullivan (Starcom Mediavest Group). For more information, email ecpn@mail.informs.org