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EURO Gold Medal

I am in Bonn, Germany for the EURO Conference. Tons of people here (2200+) but the organizers seem to be coping very well. Last night was a nice reception in a beer garden nearby. It has been a long time since I was at a conference with unlimited free beers. This morning was a little […]

Brenda Dietrich “Most Creative”

Fast Company has IBM Vice President, Business Analytics and Mathematical Sciences, Brenda Dietrich as number 27 on their list of “100 Most Creative People in Business”.    Nice quote from her: “Mathematics,” says Brenda L. Dietrich, 49, “is not mechanical. You’re finding how things look different on the surface and then seeing what they have in […]

ACM Fellows and Operations Research

The ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) has announced 44 new Fellows.  A number of them are well-known in the operations research community (some are just plain well-known:  can it be that Stephen Cook of NP-completeness fame was not a Fellow before now?).  These include: Tuomas Sandholm, Carnegie Mellon.  Tuomas does an amazing number of […]

A New Honorary Doctorate

To me, honorary doctorates are things given to people much older than myself. For instance, my colleague Egon Balas received an honorary doctorate from the University of Liege. But Egon is a bit older than me (though I suspect he will be working long after I have shuffled off to some retirement community). I was […]

Arnoff Lecture

I am just back from Cincinnati, where I gave the 17th E. Leonard Arnoff Memorial Lecture on the Practice of Management Science. When I look at the list of presenters, with my name on it, I am reminded of the Sesame Street tune “One of These Things (Is Not Like the Others)“. I was honored […]

Pulleyblank Lecture at Georgia Tech

Bill Pulleyblank, Vice President, Center for Business Optimization, IBM (I have written about CBO before) gave a talk at Georgia Tech on April 17.   The title was “Computing, Business, and Operations Research: The Next Challenges”.  Here is the abstract:  There have been two consistent drivers over the last sixty years of the evolution of computing: […]

Balas Honorary Doctorate

My colleague Egon Balas just received an honorary doctorate from the University of Liege. Yves Crama, Director General of the School of Management, introduced Egon with a wonderful and heartfelt introduction. Some excerpts: For more than 40 years, Egon Balas has been one of the pioneers of all major theoretical developments and of the most […]

Final Comments on Practice Meeting

I had to leave the INFORMS Practice Meeting Tuesday morning since I had to get back to do some teaching (it wasn’t a successful class: I can’t drive for four hours then teach!). So just a few final comments: Brady Hunsaker gave a nice introduction to Open Source for OR, and attracted a good crowd […]

Chris Lofgren on “Hitting Potholes on the the Road to CEO”

If you are not at the INFORMS Practice Conference, you missed a plenary talk this morning that worth the price of admission alone. Chris Lofgren, President and CEO of Schneider National, gave a talk that was, at its heart, about being a successful OR professional, whether working as an analyst or working as a CEO. […]

Some Miscellany from the INFORMS Practice Conference

Some random things from today’s INFORMS Practice Conference: Sanjay Saigal, popular columnist for OR/MS Today and founder/CEO of Intechne, formerly of ILOG, just to continue a theme, chided me for not pointing to his blog. I actually read his blog, but he normally blogs on non-OR things. It is great (with a great title): check […]