GM receiving the Informs Prize


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 2016 prize winner, General Motors, will describe their innovative O.R. work in a regular conference session. The 2017 winner will be recognized at the Edelman Gala on Monday evening.

Previous winners include 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 2017 INFORMS Prize are being accepted through December 1, 2016. Click here to read about the INFORMS Prize Application Process.

the George D Smith Prize

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 2017 Smith Prize are being accepted through October 31, 2016. 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 CPMS, 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 2016 winner will reprise their presentation at this conference.

Past awardees include practitioners and researchers from 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 2017 INFORMS Analytics Conference in Las Vegas, NV 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 to

INFORMS OR & Analytics Student Team Competition

New INFORMS Prize for Undergraduate Master’s Students

The INFORMS OR & 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.

For this inaugural year, the business problem was supplied by Syngenta, one of the world’s leading biotech companies. Syngenta is serving as Host Sponsor, generously supporting the competition with funding as well as the problem statement, company data, and insight into the company and problem provided by Syngenta scientists and staff. Twelve technology companies are offering complimentary access to their software and are named as software sponsors.

Eight finalist teams will present their work at the INFORMS Analytics Conference in Las Vegas, with winners announced during the meeting. First prize is $7,500, with up to 7 additional award levels. The judging panel of 18 professionals includes academics from leading business and engineering schools and corporate analytics practitioners.

To find out more

Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics

Sponsored by Syngenta and the INFORMS Analytics Section

Nearly 7 million hectares of farmland are lost to soil erosion every year. Many people who produce the world’s food are living in poverty. Biodiversity is disappearing fast. And the challenge won’t get any easier: by 2050, for example, 4 billion people will be living in countries with water scarcity.

Something needs to change. We only have one planet, and we’re using its resources 50 percent faster than it can take. What we’re asking it to provide is simply not sustainable.

Each year farmers have to make decisions about what crops to plant given uncertainties in expected weather conditions and knowledge about the soil at their respective farms. These decisions have important impacts; an unusual weather pattern can have disastrous impacts on crops, but planting to hedge against stressful weather patterns can dramatically reduce yields in normal years. How can a farmer make seed variety decisions that optimally reduce risk and increase yield?

Find out more about the challenge.

Previous Syngenta Prize winners hold their plaque