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Appreciating our volunteers

Stefan Karisch

I want to express my gratitude to all our volunteers! Without the many members who share their time and talents, we wouldn’t be able to provide valuable services to our community. These volunteers serve as judges on prize committees, run our website and LinkedIn group, mentor new members and organize meetings to name a few examples. Volunteers are the reason that our subdivision grew from a small section into one of the largest societies of INFORMS in only a few years.

I would like to especially thank Scott Grasman (Rochester Institute of Technology), Robin Lougee (IBM) and Polly Mitchell-Guthrie (‎SAS) for chairing the recent Innovative Applications in Analytics Award sponsored by Caterpillar, the Student Analytical Scholar Award and the Syngenta Crop Challenge. Leading a prize committee requires considerable personal commitment and time, and under Scott, Robin and Polly’s leadership, these Analytics Society-sponsored competitions have matured into premier awards in our field.

To use a quote of an unknown author, “Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” We are all thankful to our volunteers for doing more, and if you want to help out, please send me a note.

– Stefan Karisch (stefan.e.karisch@boeing.com), president, Analytics Society of INFORMS

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