This prize is awarded annually to the company that effectively integrates analytics into organizational decision-making, and has repeatedly applied ORMS principles in pioneering, novel and lasting ways. The 2017 prize winners, Disney and U.S. Air Force, will describe their innovative O.R. work in a regular conference session. The 2018 winner will be recognized at the Edelman Gala on Monday evening.

Previous winners include Disney, U.S. Air Force, GM, Chevron, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Sasol, Jeppesen, Intel, General Electric Global Research Center, Schneider National, Air Products and Chemicals, Procter & Gamble, UPS and other leading companies.

Applications for the 2018 INFORMS Prize are being accepted through December 1, 2017. Click here to read about the INFORMS Prize Application Process.

UPS George D. Smith Prize

The George D. Smith Prize is aimed at strengthening ties between academia and industry by rewarding institutions of higher education for effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of operations research. The Prize is generously underwritten by UPS. Awarded for the first time in 2012, past winners are Carnegie Mellon University, H. John Heinz III College, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia – Center for Operations Excellence, MIT Leaders for Global Operations, Naval Postgraduate School, and Tauber Institute for Global Operations at University of Michigan.

Applications for the 2018 Smith Prize are being accepted through October 31, 2017. Click here for information about the UPS George D. Smith Prize Application Process.

Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice

Sponsored by the Practice Section of INFORMS

This prize emphasizes the quality and coherence of the analysis used in practice. Dr. Wagner strove for strong mathematics applied to practical problems, supported by clear and intelligible writing. The Wagner Prize recognizes those principles by emphasizing good writing, strong analytical content and verifiable practice successes. The competition is held and the winner is announced at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in the fall. The 2017 winner will reprise their presentation at this conference.

Past awardees include practitioners and researchers from The Forestry Research Institute of Sweden, CDC, Ford, U.S. Coast Guard, Intel, IBM T. J. Watson Research, Schneider National, Boston University, University of Florida, and others.

Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

Sponsored by Caterpillar and the INFORMS Analytics Society

The purpose this award is to recognize the creative and unique application of a combination of analytical techniques in a new area. The prize promotes the awareness and value of the creative combination of analytics techniques in unusual applications to provide insights and business value. All finalists will be presenting their projects at the 2018 INFORMS Analytics Conference in Baltimore, MD in April.  The Analytics Section leadership would like to cordially thank all the members of the judging committee for their hard work in selecting these finalists.

For more details about the competition, go here.

INFORMS O.R. & Analytics Student Team Competition

New INFORMS Prize for Undergraduate and Master’s Students

The INFORMS O.R. & Analytics Student Team Competition recognizes outstanding solutions to real-world problems developed by undergraduate and master’s student teams. It provides a realistic workplace experience for students, challenging them to apply their analytics skills to a real business problem and offering access to company data and staff.

Finalist teams will present their work at the INFORMS Analytics Conference in Baltimore, with winners announced during the meeting. First prize is $7,500, with up to 7 additional award levels.

To find out more visit the competition website.