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Former INFORMS President Cook named to U.S. Census committee

Former INFORMS President Cook named to U.S. Census committeeTom Cook, a former president of INFORMS, a founding partner of Decision Analytics International and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, was recently named one of five new members of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Census Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC). The committee meets twice a year to address policy, research and technical issues relating to a full range of Census Bureau programs and activities, including census tests, policies and operations. The CSAC will meet for its fall 2018 meeting at Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, Md., Sept. 13-14.

Cook spent most of his career at American Airlines, where, as assistant VP of Operations Research from 1982-1987, his relatively small group of O.R. specialists pioneered the use of revenue management in the airline industry. Under Cook’s leadership, the group continually expanded in size and influence until it became a major division of the airline known as American Airlines Decision Technologies with Cook serving as president (1987-1993). Starting in 1993 and through a series of mergers with other internal divisions, AADT became part of Sabre Technologies Solutions, a legendary $1 billion IT services company that at the time boasted the largest O.R. group in the world. Cook was president of Sabre when he left AMR in 1999.

After leaving Sabre, Cook joined McKinsey & Company, and later became CEO of two O.R.-based firms, CALEB and TCI. His teams at American Airlines, Sabre and Caleb won three prestigious Franz Edelman awards from INFORMS for their outstanding achievement in applied analytics, operations research and management science.

Cook was inducted into The National Academy of Engineering in 1995, when he was cited for his “leadership in advancing operations research and decision-support technologies within the transportation industry.” He became a Fellow of INFORMS in 2002 and was awarded the Kimball Medal by INFORMS in 2007.

Cook, who holds a Ph.D. in operations research, taught operations research, statistics and computer science at the University of Tulsa, University of Texas at Austin and Boston University before joining American Airlines.

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