The WORMS Awards Luncheon Rocked!
One of my favorite events of the Annual INFORMS conference is the WORMS (Women in Operations Research and the Management Sciences) luncheon at which the WORMS Award, which has been given for about a decade is announced.
This is the venue that I tell my former PhD students that they should make every effort to attend and this year the lunch sold out quickly, so the news has spread!
The great master/mistress of ceremony was Professor Susan Martonosi of Harvey Mudd College, who is serving as this year’s WORMS President. She recognized in her welcome speech that this year we have a lot to celebrate. Two former WORMS award winners, Professor Candi Yano of UC Berkeley (who is the organizer of our conference) and Dr. Radhika Kulkarni of SAS, were inducted yesterday as two of the twelve INFORMS Fellows this year and Professor Laura McLay received, this morning, the Moving Spirit Award for her amazing work with WORMS!
The lunch was delicious and especially the dessert – a chocolate bombe creation with fruit, mousse, and cake inside!
We all did the drumroll and when Professor Aleda Roth of Clemson was selected as this year’s WORMS Award winner the audience burst into applause.
The photos above were taken by Professor Min Yu of the University of Portland, so thanks! So great to see so many former students and so many friends there.