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eNews Daily :: Day 3 :: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

2017 eNews Daily
DAY 3: Tuesday, October 24

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Welcome to Day 3 of the INFORMS Annual Meeting! 


Key: GBCC - George R. Brown Convention Center   |  Hilton - Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel

INFORMS Center


Join us in the Exhibit Hall for infORmational sessions about exciting new topics in INFORMS. Here is a list of today's sessions.

8:30-10:00am

Stochastic Systems
Stochastic Systems has joined the INFORMS suite of journals. Join editor-in-chief Shane Henderson to learn more about its mission as an open access journal, editorial scope, and whether your paper is relevant for INFORMS' newest publication.

SpORts
The mission of the Section on O.R. in Sports is to promote and disseminate research and applications among those interested in theory, methodologies, and applications of OR/MS to sports problems.

INFORMS Transactions on Education
The editors will provide suggestions to authors who wish to submit their work to ITE. What material should be included in a case study or classroom game submitted to ITE? To what extent should approaches be classroom tested, and the main criteria to accept a paper for ITE.

Pro Bono Analytics
Interested in volunteering your analytical skills to help underserved communities? Learn about our recent projects and discover how you can join your colleagues who are already volunteering with Pro Bono Analytics!

1:00-2:30pm

2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting: Phoenix
Meet committee members for the 2018 Annual Meeting Phoenix and find out why you should attend. Get your free gift while supplies last.

Student Team Competition
The INFORMS OR & Analytics Student Team Competition provides a real-world business problem that can be used as a case or capstone project. Learn more about the competition and the 2018 problem on portfolio optimization posed by the title sponsor, Principal.

INFORMS 2018 International Conference in Taipei
Meet committee members for the 2018 International Conference Taipei and find out why you should attend. Get your free gift while supplies last.

Crop Challenge in Analytics
This year will be the third Syngenta and INFORMS Analytics Society Annual Crop Challenge in Analytics that encourages innovative thinkers to make crop production more efficient. Learn about this year's question and how this cross-industry collaboration can work toward feeding a growing population.

Click here to see a current list of infORmational sessions.
 
Stop by to renew your 2017 membership and receive a free t-shirt
or click here to renew online. 

Updated Session Information


The start time for TA59 - Joint Session - RAS/Practice: Passenger and High Density Railway Corridor OR/MS has changed from 7:30am to 8am.

Need to know for #informs2017

 
All Conference Sessions will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, with special events being held at the Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar Street.

Accessing WiFi in the Exhibit Hall
Network: INFORMS
Password: houston2017

Registration 
Conference registration is located in GBCC - Exhibit Hall B3, Level 3 on  Tuesday from 7am-5pm.

Express Check-in/Badge Printers
Express kiosks with name badge printers will be available for pre-registered attendees in GBCC, Exhibit Hall B3, Level 3 near INFORMS Registration.

Receipt Kiosk
Print your conference receipt on demand by going to GBCC - Exhibit Hall B3, Level 3 located near INFORMS Registration.

Download the Annual Meeting program book
Click here to download the program and save to your tablet, computer desktop, etc.

Technology Center 
The Technology Center is located in GBCC - Exhibit Hall B3, Level 3. A limited number of computers will be available. Name badges must be worn for admittance. The Technology Center will be open today, Tuesday, 9am-5pm.

Badge Required for Technical Sessions & Meeting Events
Badges MUST be worn to all meeting events. All attendees, including speakers and session chairs, must register and pay the registration fee. 

Mobile App
Use the INFORMS Meetings App to access detailed information, including the schedule of sessions, session abstracts, meeting locations, maps, exhibit details, and much more.

Passport Raffle
You must have at least 40 exhibitor stamps, including the IBM booth (Booth #21), to be eligible. Turn in your passport to the INFORMS Center by 10:45am today for the 1:45pm prize drawing and by 5pm today for the 9:20am drawing on Wednesday. You must be present at the time of the drawing for either prize. 

  Subdivision Awards for Tuesday 



The majority of the Subdivision Awards will be presented at the corresponding Community meetings, or as otherwise noted.

Financial Services Section
6:15-7:15pm
GBCC - 362B, Level 3


Best Student Research Paper Award
This award recognizes research in financial services-related areas presented in the form of a completed academic paper. The award includes a cash prize of $500 for first place and $250 for second place.

Service Science Section
6:15-7:15pm
GBCC - 351F, Level 3

Best Paper Award

The Service Science Section of INFORMS announces the Best Paper Award to recognize excellence among its members. The awards program brings prestige to the Service Science Section as well as to the recipients honored.

Women in OR/MS Forum
12:30pm
Women in OR/MS Forum Luncheon
Hilton - Ballroom of the Americas AB, Level 2

Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS

The Women in OR/MS Award celebrates and recognizes a person who has contributed significantly to the advancement and recognition of women in the field of operations research and the management sciences (OR/MS). The award is presented each year at the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Winners of the Subdivision Awards from Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday will be announced in the Wrap-Up edition of the Annual Meeting eNews Daily.

Annual Meeting Blog Roundup 


Be sure to frequently check the Annual Meeting website to read commentary from your peers about their experiences in Houston. Feel free to post your own comment! 

Optimizing Indian Railways: Trains are a great way to see and understand India and experience its pluralism, dharma civilization and culture. The railways reach many remote parts of the country. Dharampal, the legendary Indian historian of Indian science triggered a movement that has inspired many Indians in STEM disciplines to start researching and rediscovering Indian history. Read More.

The Winner of the 2017 Wagner Prize Competition is ...: The winner of the 2017 Wagner Prize competition is Lehigh University with their entry Inmate Assignment Decision Support System (IADSS). Lehigh University engineering students and their professors create program, save prison systems millions. Read More.

How can INFORMS help with your educational needs: Jill Wilson, the VP for Education, lead the first meeting of the newly created Education Strategy Committee this morning. The goal of this committee is to oversee the activities of the other education committees and think strategically about how our efforts are supporting INFORMS goals. Read More.

Queueing Theory 101: You can’t tell from the photo, but Sunday’s registration line was moving pretty quickly. Apparently that stuff about single queue, multiple server being superior to parallel queues was right after all. Read More.

Thanks to INFORMS for Bringing Us All Together: I am sure that you were all looking forward to our INFORMS Houston conference with a lot of anticipation and perhaps with a bit of anxiety, given the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. Yesterday, when I arrived in downtown Houston and saw the stunning conference venue of the Convention Center complete with banners and INFORMS welcome signs throughout and even carpeting, it was hard to imagine that just a few weeks ago this convention center had been a shelter, housing thousands. Read More.

INFORMS Community Meetings 


All are welcome to these meetings featuring business meetings, receptions, and networking sessions. For a complete listing please click here and select the Community Meetings tab.

New to INFORMS?


Start your INFORMS Journey!
Stop by the Registration Desk or the INFORMS Center and learn how to get started.

Join a Community 
Whether you are a new or existing member, take some time while in Houston to sign up for a Community (also known as Subdivision) of your choice. There is no better way to maximize the utility of your membership. As a new 2017 or 2018 member, you qualify for a free Community!

Plenaries & Keynotes

 
 
Tuesday, October 24
Plenary 
How Analytics Powers the Uber Marketplace
9:40-10:30am
Hilton - Ballroom of Americas, Level 2

Robert Phillips, Uber Technologies

Keynotes
2017 Daniel Wagner Prize Winner Announcement and Reprise
3:40-4:30pm
GBCC - Grand Ballroom A, Level 3


Looking to the Future by Celebrating the Past: Operations Research and Revenue Management in the Travel Industry
3:40-4:30pm
GBCC - Grand Ballroom B, Level 3

Andy Boyd, University of Houston

2017 Franz Edelman Award Reprise
3:40-4:30pm
GBCC - General Assembly A, Level 3

Ahmet Kuyumcu, Prorize LLC

Optimization and Analytics Applications in the Oil and Gas Industry
3:40-4:30pm
GBCC - General Assembly B, Level 3

Cassandra McZeal, ExxonMobil

Super-Human Strategic Reasoning: Libratus Beats Top Pros in Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold'em
3:40-4:30pm
GBCC - General Assembly C, Level 3

Tuomas Sandholm, Carnegie Mellon University

 Student Awards Winners


Congratulations to the winners of the Student Awards!

Judith Liebman Award
Andres Patricio Garcia Arce
Mohammad Moshref-Javadi
Rozhin Doroudi

Student Chapter Annual Awards
Summa Cum Laude Winners
University of South Florida Student Chapter
University of Texas at Dallas Student Chapter


Magna Cum Laude Winners
Carnegie Mellon University Student Chapter
University of Massachusetts Student Chapter
University of Michigan Student Chapter
University of Texas at Austin Student Chapter
University of Toronto Student Chapter


Cum Laude Winners
Auburn University Student Chapter
Columbia University Student Chapter
Concordia University Student Chapter
Koç University Student Chapter
Lehigh University Student Chapter
Northeastern University Student Chapter
Northwestern University Student Chapter
Purdue University Student Chapter
Texas A&M University Student Chapter
University at Buffalo Student Chapter
University of Florida Student Chapter
Virginia Tech Student Chapter




Sponsored by The Seth Bonder Foundation
 

Leave Your Mark on Houston!


ColORing Wall
Wall murals are a thing in Houston. If you have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of Houston's best paint walls and graffiti murals, make sure you take plenty of colorful selfies tagged with #informs2017! If you are feeling inspired to create your own mural, join us in the Exhibit Hall to help us make our own INFORMS Houston mural. Coloring is the new meditation, so take a brain break and show Houston some love!

Pro Bono Analytics
INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics has partnered with Star of Hope Mission, a community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women, and children. They encourage positive life changes through structured programs focusing on education, employment, life management, spiritual growth, and recovery from substance abuse.

We invite all Annual Meeting attendees to visit the INFORMS Center and volunteer a few minutes of their time to help build toiletry and hygiene kits that will be donated to Star of Hope Mission in support of their efforts. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it's just one more way for us to give back and help make a difference in Houston as they rebuild after the storm. We're grateful for the opportunity to assist Houston's homeless population on their road to recovery - every bit helps. We hope that you take a moment to stop by, build a kit, and learn more about how INFORMS is making an impact in underserved communities through analytics.

Donate with PayPal

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What's Your StORy? Sticky Wall
We LOVE our members and their amazing stories! Share a little something with your fellow members by adding to our "What's Your StORy?" wall in the Exhibit Hall. Based on the popular monthly feature highlighting our members, answer one of several questions about yourself. We can't wait to see the diversity of members and answers! Also, it's a great photo op for your #informs2017 posts.

Can't-Miss Social Events!


INFORMS Member Meeting
6-7:30pm
Hilton - Ballroom of Americas AB, Level 2
The Member Meeting is moving to a new night this year. Now held on Tuesday evening just prior to the General Reception, this is the party before the party! Come enjoy beer, wine, soft drinks, and light snacks. Hear about the current state of INFORMS as well as our future direction. Celebrate our outstanding members with the presentation of the Volunteer Service Award. Bring your questions and ideas!

General Reception
2 block walk north of GBCC
7:30-10pm

Minute Maid Park, Downtown Houston
A jewel in the crown of the majestic downtown Houston skyline, Minute Maid Park has become a welcome home for the Houston Astros and has ushered in a new era of Major League sports in the city. Minute Maid Park’s retractable roof technology brought open-air baseball to Houston for the first time in 35 years, and the natural grass surface and classic architecture provided Minute Maid Park the atmosphere of the great ballparks of baseball’s Golden age. Join us for a bird's eye view of the ball field, and listen to the high energy sounds of "The Emotions."

In addition to the INFORMS General Reception (which will be held on the Club Level), Minute Maid Park will also be hosting a viewing party for Game 1 of the World Series, which will be broadcast on the Jumbotron. Tickets are being sold for fans to come and watch. The menu will be ballpark food, there will be a band, and also virtual reality stations. 

Tuesday's Poster Sessions


12:30-2:30pm
GBCC - Exhibit Hall B3, Level 3

Researchers, practitioners, and students share their O.R. and analytics projects in these special sessions presented as poster displays, laptop demonstrations, and other creative formats. An E-Poster Walk Session featuring electronic versions of competition semi-finalist posters will also take place from 12:30-2:30pm in the E-Poster area.

Congratulations to the INFORMS Fellows Class of 2017


The 2017 Fellows were honored yesterday for their exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the advancements of analytics, operations research, and management science over a period of time.

Congratulations to:
Shabbir Ahmed
Jeffrey M. Alden
Jeffrey D. Camm
James Cochran
Shane G. Henderson
David Morton
Andy Philpott
R. Ravi
Edwin Romeijn
Andrzej Ruszczynski
Susan Sanchez
Jing-Sheng "Jeannette" Song
Mark S. Squillante
 
 

INFORMS Career Fair - Interview Days


Be a part of the largest gathering of O.R. and analytics job seekers and employers by visiting the Career Fair and other professional development events. Preview job openings on INFORMS Connect. 
 
Career Fair on-site interviews are by appointment only. 
9am-5pm
GBCC - Exhibit Hall B3


Some employers may be accepting walk-ins for on-site interviews. Stop by the Career Fair booth in the Exhibit Hall for details.

Tuesday's TutORials


Designed for students, faculty, and practitioners, TutORials in Operations Research provide in-depth instructions on significant operations research specialties and practices. All tutorials are located in GBCC - Room 310A, Level 3.

Dynamic Ridesharing
7:30-9am
Fernando Ordonez, DII, Universidad de Chile

Quantitative Imagine System for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: An Interdisciplinary Approach
10:30am-12noon
Teresa Wu, Arizona State University

Environmental Policy and Decision Analysis
12:15-1:45pm
Max Henrion, Lumina Decision Systems, Inc.

Location Models for Emergency Service Applications
2-3:30pm
Vladimir Marianov, La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Competition in Multi-Echelon Systems
4:35-6:05pm
Awi Federgruen, Columbia University

For a full list of TutORials, click here.

Optimization: Past, Present, Future


By Yeawon Yoo
The Monday morning plenary speaker, Robert E. Bixby from Gurobi Optimization, gave an insightful presentation on his views of the previous history, current trends, and future of optimization. Bixby is a Chief Strategy Officer and cofounder of Gurobi. Prior to Gurobi, he cofounded CPLEX Optimization in 1987, and he has over 30 years of experience in the optimization software business.
 
To open the presentation, Bixby offered the early history of optimization and some important events in the timeline of optimization. In the 1970s, at a time when interest in optimization proliferated, significant difficulties emerged. Moving to the 1980s, Bixby got his IBM computers and was invited by Tom Baker to provide linear programming code for Chesapeake Decision Sciences MIMI product, and that was the first actual sale to AMOCO. In the 1990s, linear programming performance took off, especially when primal-dual log-barrier algorithms reset the bar, and popular new applications began to show that optimization could work on difficult, real-world problems (e.g. airlines, supply chain).
 
Bixby led an engaging presentation that offered the progress in linear programming with some examples. The results he showcased are here. He acknowledged that, today, optimization is deployed across skill levels and embedded within widespread business applications, and large models can now be solved robustly and quickly.
 
He also mentioned mixed integer programming, and pointed out some interesting events in its history. There are two events, “a mature dual simplex” in 1994 and the “mining theoretical backlog” in 1998. After the development of mixed integer programming codes, it led companies to speed up the running time of mixed integer programming, which is a great story for the future.
 
Bixby concluded his speech by noting his excitement about the future of optimization, saying “Optimization has a very bright future. Due to the explosion in available business data, a new broad corporate focus on extracting value from that data, based on the data it actually makes decisions, that’s what optimization does!”

The Major Community Within the Minority Issues Forum


By Brittany Segundo
As the Minority Issues Forum (MIF) business meeting on Sunday evening begins, the board members leading the meeting are jovial. Someone tells an inside joke and that side of the room titters. Only standing room is left, and barely any at that.

Sean Barnes, co-chair of this year’s Minority Issues Paper Competition, says the organization’s mission is to provide support and visibility for underrepresented minorities in OR/MS. The paper competition and the MIF Early Career Award were specifically created to promote the valuable work being conducted by MIF faculty members. This year’s Paper Competition winners are Michelle Alvarado and Lewis Ntaimo, who submitted their paper on chemotherapy appointment scheduling under uncertainty. Krystel Castillo takes home the Career Award for her student advocacy.

Students participating in the MIF Poster Competition give their 30-second elevator pitches. As one student accidentally goes over their time allotment, everyone warmly applauds and laughs with him as he smiles sheepishly. Barnes hopes the MIF is a place where underrepresented PhD students see they have support. The large group moves to a local restaurant, Sambuca, where students grab dinner before posting their work for judging. Donald Richardson and Gian Garcia of the University of Michigan take first and second place for their posters.

As judges mill about the posters, the restaurant hums with a mixture of earnest conversation and laughter. It is clear that the MIF is not merely a group of people who meet once a year, but rather a warm community supporting the good work of its members.

Improving Healthcare Systems Requires Reevaluating Our Approach


By Brittany Segundo
Victoria S. Jordan is excited to be back in the great state of Texas. Her keynote speech begins with fond memories of uniquely Texan traditions (did you know schoolchildren pledge allegiance to the Texas flag?), memories she made while serving as the Executive Director for Performance Improvement at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

As with many healthcare service providers, Anderson struggles with the high cost of inefficiency. Jordan notes that despite spending significantly more on healthcare, the U.S. has a life expectancy that is no better than that of other countries.

What makes implementing system and process engineering techniques in healthcare so challenging? Jordan suggests that the reimbursement structure of the U.S. healthcare system is a perverse incentive to prescribe as many procedures as possible. Additionally, a lot of healthcare organizations consider lean manufacturing a “bunch of projects.” Moreover, Jordan says that organizations are slow to move beyond lean manufacturing and six sigma.

Healthcare, Jordan asserts, is a wholly different culture than that of manufacturing. Compared to the typical “all on the same team” manufacturing environment, healthcare is very hierarchical, with doctors dominating. Translating engineering concepts into meaningful terms for healthcare practitioners is a challenge as well. Six sigma efforts are focused on reducing waste, and there are few continuous measures that support the implementation of six sigma principles on a broader scale. An audience member asks about teaching healthcare process improvement, and Jordan responds that it is not as simple as plugging in healthcare problems in traditional systems engineering courses.

The message is clear: To truly improve healthcare systems, process engineers cannot continue to use the same process improvement tools in the same way.

Systems Approach to Managing Risk in Human Spaceflight Missions


By Yeawon Yoo
Space Center Houston is one of Houston’s top attractions, which is 25 miles away from the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Space Center provides an amazing opportunity to hear stories from NASA astronauts. If you do not have time to visit the Space Center, then you must meet the NASA astronaut at INFORMS, Nancy Currie-Gregg. Currie-Gregg is currently a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. Before joining Texas A&M, she was selected as an astronaut for NASA in 1990, and served as a mission specialist on four space shuttle missions, accruing 1,000 hours in space.
 
In this very sophisticated keynote session, she introduced three fatal accidents as well as the main causes of accidents. First, she argued that high-reliability organizations (HROs) share two essential characteristics: one is “constantly confront the unexpected” and the other is “operate with remarkable consistency and effectiveness.” HROs exhibit mindfulness, including a consistent preoccupation with failures. For example, due to the three fatal accidents, in which 17 crew members lost their lives, NASA organized significant incidents and close calls. It can be found here.

She mentioned that the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) identified three distinct categories of causal factors of the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident: Physical failures (foam loss from the external tank contacted by the orbiter, exceeding the impact tolerance of the structure), organizational issues (original compromises that were required to gain approval for the space shuttle, subsequent years of resource constraints), and cultural issues (reliance on past success as a substitute for sound engineering practices). CAIB provided specific recommendations including a robust and independent technical authority that has no connection to, or responsibility for, schedule or program costs, the creation of an independent resource safety assurance organization with line authority over all levels of safety oversight, a renewed emphasis on systems engineering and integration, and flight schedules should be consistent with available resources.
 
She encapsulated the session with, “I found that the analysis of risky factors is important even if you are in the healthcare world.”

Navigating Funding Opportunities at the NSF


By Brittany Segundo
Irina Dolinskaya and Georgia-Ann Klutke led an engaging afternoon session about the National Science Foundation (NSF) Operations Engineering program, as well as other relevant funding opportunities. They also address key components of successful proposals.

Ninety percent of NSF awards are made through research grants, but Klutke mentions multiple special opportunities for narrowly-focused projects, generally announced through solicitations and Dear Colleague Letters. Klutke suggests these opportunities are a way “to push the community to keep [the NSF] informed of new ideas in research.”

The Operations Engineering program focuses on improving operations in complex decision-driven environments. Proposals to the program should be driven by a compelling problem. Additionally, the work must advance decision-making methodology. Finally, Dolinskaya adds, do not simply mimic NSF projects that are already funded.

The presenters outlined four steps for getting a research grant:
  • Start with a good idea. Klutke remarks that “good” ideas are beyond interesting; ideas must be transformative.
  • Determine if there is a receptive program at the NSF. If you are unsure whether or not a program is a good fit, talk to the program director, who can always redirect you.
  • Write a proposal. Proposals must demonstrate strict adherence to the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures guidelines. All proposals should address both Intellectual Merit (advancing knowledge and understanding) and Broader Impacts (benefit to society).
  • Send the proposal to your sponsored programs office, which submits the application via Fastlane. Approximately 75% of funding decisions are made in six months.

Attendees interested in learning more are invited to attend the Getting Funded by the NSF: Proposal Preparation and the Merit Review Process on Tuesday from 2-3:30 p.m.

Biased Random Key Genetic Algorithms


In a tour de force this afternoon, Celso Ribeiro shared some of the secrets behind the biased random key genetic algorithm (BRKGA) conundrum. Ribeiro, who was nominated to speak on behalf of the IFORS Distinguished Lecture series, which originated two decades ago, was engaging, interactive, and enthusiastic as he presented examples of many mathematical concepts to an enraptured audience.

Ribeiro was able to distill difficult problems into an easily understandable terminology, especially when delving into the “open shortest path first” routing in IP networks as well as the BRKGA framework. When discussing the iteration of the framework, he proclaimed, “all modules are probability independent except one, which is probability dependent, decode each vector of random keys.” The decoding of random keys can be done in parallel which is beneficial when used in a variety of strategies and parameters.

In a wide-ranging discussion that touched on finding maximum quasi-cliques, differences in populations of elite solutions with parents and mutant solutions, scheduling divisible loads in both single- and multi-round scheduling, and encapsulating examples on graphs and equations, attendees were both gleaning knowledge and thinking about how to apply this to problems that they currently study.

The five touchstones of why the BRKGA is so effective is the ease of implementation, the robustness of the approach, there are no feasibility issues after crossover, the contribution of local search and restart strategy, and, finally, the large number of applications that it can be applied to.

The BRKGA can be applied to many facets of our daily lives, such as telecommunications, manufacturing and facility layouts, algorithm engineering, clustering, covering, and packing, routing, graphs and trees, toll setting, and optimization.

2017 UPS George D. Smith Prize Reprise


Brigadier General Andrew “Andy” Armacost, Dean of Faculty, U.S. Air Force Academy; Professor James “Jim” Lowe, professor, U.S. Air Force Academy; Captain Drew Ives, professor, U.S. Air Force Academy; and Second Lieutenant Brady Gartman, 2017 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, conducted the reprise for the INFORMS 2017 UPS Smith Prize, which was presented to the U.S. Air Force Academy at the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference in Las Vegas, NV this past April. The U.S. Air Force Academy was awarded the Smith Prize for its operations research (O.R.) program, which prepares its graduates to become frontline O.R. practitioners as analysts in the Air Force.
 
The Air Force Academy was founded in 1955 and has more than 4,000 full-time cadets who will all graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree and will earn a commission in the U.S. Air Force or one of the other military service branches. The Air Force Academy’s O.R. program exposes more than 50 percent of cadets to at least one O.R. course, with the intro “O.R. for All” course, and provides cadets the opportunity to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in O.R. Of the 1,000 cadets who graduate from the academy each year, between 40-50 will graduate with an O.R. major.
 
The program culminates with a year-long applied senior capstone, during which teams of cadets consult for military, corporate, local government, and nonprofit organizations to address real-world problems.

Share your Experience


Share your photos and video using #INFORMS2017, and follow @INFORMS2017 on Twitter for official conference updates. This year INFORMS will be live streaming from the meeting on Instagram and follow us on Snapchat at @INFORMS_ORMS for real-time conference videos and the INFORMS Houston Geofilter, which will be available in the Convention Center and Hilton. Be sure to check out conference photos on the INFORMS Flickr account.

Join the Annual Meeting LinkedIn Group and the Annual Meeting Connect Group to virtually connect with fellow attendees and discuss key topics of the day. 






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