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INFORMS Prizes & Special Sessions


INFORMS grants several prestigious Institute-wide prizes and awards for meritorious achievement each year. This track will feature presentations for the Wagner Prize, INFORMS Prize, and the UPS George D. Smith Prize winner. Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA) finalists will also present. Special sessions include presentations hosted by our Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) Program and Women in OR/MS.

INFORMS Advocacy Initiative: Promoting Data-Driven Decision Making in Washington, DC

Speaker: Jeff Cohen, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at INFORMS


Filling Your Cup: What it Takes to Be an Effective Leader  (Hosted by Women in OR/MS)

Speaker: Janice Lichtenwaldt, Executive Leadership Coach at Virago Coaching


Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA)

The IAAA Finalists will present at the conference on Tuesday, April 18 in the INFORMS Prizes & Special Sessions Track from 9:10 – 11:55am EST. Judges will then review the rank and announce the winner at the INFORMS Analytics Society luncheon.


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 2023 winner will be recognized at the Edelman Gala on Monday evening and present their innovative O.R. work. on Tuesday afternoon.

Previous winners include BNSF Railway, 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, Wayfair and other leading companies.

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.

The teams will present their work to the judges on Sunday, April 16. The Smith Prize winner will be announced at the Edelman Gala on Monday, April 17 and the 2023 winner will give their presentation on Tuesday afternoon.