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INFORMS Initiatives: Board of Directors, CAP accreditation, Nobel Prize & more

INFORMS 2018 Board of Directors unites industry and academic leaders
Leaders in industry and academia from around the world are among those who will be joining the INFORMS Board of Directors in 2018. INFORMS is the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals (and the publisher of Analytics magazine).

The newly elected members of the 2018 INFORMS Board of Directors include:

  • President-Elect: Ramayya Krishnan (photo), professor, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Secretary: Victoria Chenp, professor, Industrial, Manufacturing, & Systems Engineering (IMSE), University of Texas at Arlington
  • Vice President, International: Sue Merchant, independent O.R. practitioner, Blue Link Consulting, U.K.
  • Vice President, Practice: C. Allen Butler, president & CEO, Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc.
  • Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Outreach: Laura Albert, associate professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vice President, Membership and Professional Recognition: Susan Martonosi, professor of mathematics, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, Calif.
  • Vice President, Chapters/Fora:
    Gino Lim, professor and chairman, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Houston

With 12,500 members from nearly 90 countries, INFORMS is the largest international association of operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals and students. INFORMS provides unique networking and learning opportunities for individual professionals, and organizations of all types and sizes, to better understand and use O.R. and analytics tools and methods to transform strategic visions and achieve better outcomes.

Certified Analytics Professional program accredited by ANSI

The Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program, the only global professional certification for analytics practitioners, has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the American member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), furthering CAP’s distinction to what CIO Magazine earlier this year called one of the top “big data certifications that will pay off.”

CAP is recognized as an independent validation of the analytics body of knowledge of those who earn the certification. More than 20 percent of Fortune 100 companies employ CAPs, as do more than 200 different companies in more than 20 countries across the globe, along with government agencies, the U.S. military and other organizations.

ANSI accreditation provides a formal international endorsement that meets a global standard for the certification of personnel. Since 1918, ANSI has provided organizations across the country with industry guidelines, as well as recognizing those that consistently adhere to the highest standards. ANSI accreditation serves as an objective confirmation of the quality of not only the CAP program, but of the skills of the analytics professionals who achieve a CAP certification. From the testing process to job analysis to test administration, CAP meets the demanding criteria aimed at maximizing statistical requirements and best practices.

“We are delighted that CAP has been recognized with this prestigious accreditation from ANSI,” says Melissa Moore, executive director of INFORMS, which manages the CAP program. “With the growing demand for analytics professionals, the ANSI accreditation provides every CAP recipient an unparalleled competitive advantage and a professional distinction that the public, their colleagues and employers can trust.”

Those who meet the high standards of CAP and pass the rigorous exam distinguish themselves and create greater value to enrich their careers. For organizations seeking to enhance their ability to transform data into actionable insights that create greater value, CAP provides a trusted means to identify, recruit and retain top analytics talent. More information is available at www.certifiedanalytics.org.

INFORMS congratulates Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler

Richard H. Thaler

Richard H. Thaler

INFORMS congratulates Richard H. Thaler, renowned behavioral economist and researcher, who was awarded the 2017 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his outstanding contributions to the field of economics. Among the citations prominently featured by the Nobel Prize committee in Professor Thaler’s award was his seminal 1985 paper on his now famous theory of mental accounting, which was published in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science.

In addition to serving as associate editor of the INFORMS journal Management Science, Professor Thaler’s work has been printed and reprinted eight times in three of INFORMS prestigious, peer-reviewed journals: Marketing Science, Management Science and Interfaces.

Including Professor Thaler, INFORMS is honored to count 29 of the past 79 recipients of the Nobel Prize in Economics as authors. Collectively these Nobel laureates have produced 86 articles across six different INFORMS journals.

Latest Editor’s Cut: ‘feeding the world through analytics’

As the world’s population continues to grow, the role of analytics and O.R. in developing effective new approaches to food production is becoming increasingly important. From more efficient distribution of water resources, to better management of meat and dairy production, to smarter crop cultivation, analytics is having a significant impact in the fight against global hunger.

The latest installment in the INFORMS Editor’s Cut series, “Feeding the World through Analytics,” highlights a wide range of content cultivated from INFORMS resources, from our journals and member magazines to videos of INFORMS award winners. This content serves as an excellent resource for researchers, students and industry.

Robin Lougee, global research industry lead of Consumer Products & Agriculture with the IBM TJ Watson Research Center, and Saurabh Bansal, assistant professor of supply chain management with the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University, serve as the volume editors for INFORMS Editor’s Cut: “Feeding the World through Analytics.” which is available at http://pubsonline.informs.org/editorscut/agribusiness.

INFORMS new website awarded for outstanding achievement

The INFORMS newly redesigned website has been recognized by the Web Marketing Association with the Associations Standard of Excellence Award, a 2017 Web Award for Outstanding Achievement. Launched earlier this year, the new www.informs.org tells the story of analytics and O.R. to the world while delivering a rich experience to INFORMS members.

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