UPS George D. Smith Prize

University of South Carolina, Management Science Department Awarded the 2024 INFORMS UPS George D. Smith Prize

2024 - Winner(s)

2024 Winner(s)

Purpose of the Award

George D. Smith Prize

Strengthening Ties Between Academia and Industry

2024 & 2025 Committee Chair

Anne Robinson

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The UPS George D. Smith Prize is created in the spirit of strengthening ties between industry and the schools of higher education that graduate young practitioners of operations research. INFORMS, with the help of the INFORMS Practice Section, will award the prize to an academic department or program for effective and innovative preparation of students to be outstanding practitioners of operations research, management science, analytics, and data science.

The UPS George D. Smith Prize is named in honor of the late UPS Chief Executive Officer who was a champion of operations researchers at a leading Fortune 500 corporation. UPS generously sponsors the award in his memory. 

The prize will be awarded to an academic program or department. It will include a trophy and a $10,000 cash award. 

Application Process

Nomination deadline: November 25, 2024

Application Process & Procedures

About the Award/Namesake

George Smith

“As we grow in size, our problems increase geometrically. Without operational research, we would be analyzing our problems intuitively only, and we would miss many opportunities to get maximum efficiency out of our operation.” –George D. Smith: Our Partnership Legacy


This award is administered by the Practice Section of INFORMS. To learn more about the section and how to become a member, visit their website here.