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INFORMS salutes Certified Analytics Professionals

INFORMS Initiatives

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) congratulates the 49 Certified Analytics Professionals who successfully passed the Institute’s CAP® exam earlier this year. Upcoming exam dates and sites include: Oct. 3 (Boston), Oct. 5 (Minneapolis), Nov. 6 (San Francisco), Nov. 12 (New York) and Dec. 12 (Toronto). To apply for certification, click here. For more information, click here.

The list of CAP® professionals as of this writing includes:

Alan L. Austin (Provo, Utah)

Zahir Balaporia (Green Bay, Wis.)

Russell R. Barton (University Park, Pa.)

Donald Buckshaw (Ellicott City, Md.)

Thomas W. Chestnutt (Encinitas, Calif.)

Mark Colosimo (Detroit, Mich.)

Thomas W. Fletcher (Buford, Ga.)

Philip Fry (Chicago, Ill.)

Laurie Garrow (Atlanta, Ga.)

Arnold Greenland (Bethesda, Md.)

Herbert Hackney (Vienna, Va.)

Eugene Hahn (Salisbury, Md.)

Terry P. Harrison (University Park, Pa.)

Steven Harrod (Dayton, Ohio)

Christopher Michael Heiden (Columbus, Ohio)

Amanda Humbert (Grove City, Ohio)

David Johnson (Alexandria, Va.)

Lisa Kart, (Austin, Texas)

Zain Khandwala (Columbus, Ohio)

Diego Klabjan (Evanston, Ill.)

Srikanth Krishnamurthy (Malden, Maine)

Russell P. Labe Jr. (Pennington, N.J.)

Timothy Lortz (Laurel, Md.)

Robert M. Lucas (Cary, N.C.)

Irvin J. Lustig (Short Hills, N.J.)

Paul R. Messinger (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

Rami Musa (Claymont, Del.)

Scott Nestler (Carlisle Barracks, Pa.)

Hua Ni (Chantilly, Va.)

Elizabeth Nielsen (Durham, N.C.)

Ranganath S. Nuggehalli (Timonium, Md.)

Mario Rappi (Wichita, Kan.)

Subhashish Samaddar (Atlanta, Ga.)

Sam L. Savage (Stanford, Calif.)

Harrison Schramm (Arlington, Va.)

Satjeet Singh (Lewisville, Texas)

Michael Anthony Smith (Arlington, Va.)

Alan Taber (Cinnaminson, N.J.)

Jonathan Taylor (Greenbelt, Md.)

Jose Tejeda (Laurel, Md.)

Deepak Tirumalasetty (Modesto, Calif.)

Catherine Truxillo (Raleigh, N.C.)

Zachary Waltz (Arlington, Va.)

Glenn Wegryn (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Steven P. Wilcox (Rockville, Md.)

James T. Williams (St. Paul, Minn.)

Kevin Windham (Fairfax, Va.)

Chen-hang Yen (Fairfax, Va.)

Gigi Yuen-Reed (Tampa, Fla.)





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INFORMS Computing Society Conference
Jan. 6-8, 2019; Knoxville, Tenn.

INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research
April 14-16, 2019; Austin, Texas

INFORMS International Conference
June 9-12, 2019; Cancun, Mexico

INFORMS Marketing Science Conference
June 20-22; Rome, Italy

INFORMS Applied Probability Conference
July 2-4, 2019; Brisbane, Australia

INFORMS Healthcare Conference
July 27-29, 2019; Boston, Mass.

2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting
Oct. 20-23, 2019; Seattle, Wash.

Winter Simulation Conference
Dec. 8-11, 2019: National Harbor, Md.


Advancing the Analytics-Driven Organization
Jan. 28–31, 2019, 1 p.m.– 5 p.m. (live online)


CAP® Exam computer-based testing sites are available in 700 locations worldwide. Take the exam close to home and on your schedule:

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