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INFORMS announces 2018 UPS Prize finalists

INFORMS has selected two finalists for the 2018 UPS George D. Smith Prize, which recognizes excellence in preparing students to become practitioners of operations research and analytics. The 2018 finalists are the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, MEng Programs, Cornell University; and the Haslam College of Business MSBA, University of Tennessee.

The winner will be announced on April 16 at the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Baltimore.

Named in honor of the late UPS chief executive officer – a champion of operations researchers at a leading Fortune 500 corporation – the UPS George D. Smith Prize was created in the spirit of strengthening ties between industry and the schools of higher education that graduate young practitioners of operations research. The prize is awarded to an academic department or program for effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of operations research or analytics.

Past award recipients include the U.S. Air Force Academy; H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University; Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia – Center for Operations Excellence; MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO); Naval Postgraduate School; and the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan.

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