Professor and Department Head
University of Arizona
A Word from the Chair
According to legend, Phoenix was named when, upon finding ancient Native American ruins on the site, one of its founders predicted a new city would rise from the ashes of the old. Today, Phoenix is certainly soaring, as one of the largest and sunniest cities in the U.S. Located in the Sonoran Desert, one of the wettest and greenest deserts in the U.S., and nestled among several mountain ranges, Phoenix provides a wonderful setting for outdoor adventure, including hiking, biking and horseback riding, or golf at one of its more than 200 golf courses; unique dining and shopping experiences; and, a chance to explore ancient Native American culture. Phoenix is also looking ahead to an exciting future, with major industries including high-tech manufacturing and green construction, and a dogged determination to become carbon neutral and relying 100% on clean energy by 2050. The creative team wanted to design a logo that honored Phoenix’s commitment to sustainability and future thinking. The palette selected includes INFORMS blue, for their goals of water stewardship and maintaining a 100-year clean and reliable supply of water. The use of INFORMS green not only highlights green building, but a dedication to preserving parks and open spaces and a plan to eliminate food deserts while creating a thriving local food system. The background of the logo infers blueprints, while the green area provides a perspective of the Phoenix city limits. Phoenix is also home to the headquarters of four Fortune 500 companies.
On November 4-7, 2018, we invite you to join us at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix for the one of a kind opportunity to connect with the INFORMS community, including more than 5,500 members, students, academic and industry experts, as well as network with prospective employers and employees. We look forward to seeing you in 2018!