Carnegie Mellon iSchool Dean Named President of INFORMS


Carnegie Mellon University iSchool Dean Ramayya Krishnan has been elected as the 25th president of the board of directors of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, known as INFORMS. Dr. Krishnan will begin his three-year term in January of 2018.

According to a report on the INFORMS website, Dr. Krishnan will work closely with both the INFORMS Board of Directors and the INFORMS staff to build deeper partnerships between academia, industry, and government, with the goal of facilitating greater research, development, and deployment in the fields of operations research, analytics, and the management sciences. 

The iSchools organization envisions a future in which the iSchool movement has spread around the world, and the information field is widely recognized for creating innovative systems and designing information solutions that benefit individuals, organizations, and society. Dr. Krishnan’s appointment is an example of the critical role iSchools leaders play in realizing this vision, and shaping the future of the information field.


CMU’s Heinz College Named Top Analytics Program


Pittsburgh (USA). – “Whether it’s better understanding consumer behavior, improving health care for veterans or finding ways to save taxpayer money, operations research plays a critical role. And now Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College can claim some of the best operations researchers in the country.
The college won the UPS George D. Smith Prize by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
The announcement was made April 10 at the 2016 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Orlando. The prize, named for the late UPS chief executive officer, includes a $10,000 award.
Heinz College’s analytical education, experiential learning activities and collaborations with partner organizations played an important role in the win.”
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Municipal Cooperation: Blight Recovery in the Mon Valley


While the Mon Valley was once a powerful economic engine in the region, in recent decades it has suffered from higher levels of vacancy, blight, and population loss than other parts of the county. Advised by Claire Shubik-Richards, a team of Heinz students took on the issue, and also identified and assessed additional possible tools and approaches to fight blight in the Mon.  Read more


CMU Heinz College’s Traffic21 Initiative Researches Costs and Benefits of AMTRAK’s Pennsylvanian Line


Amtrak logoAt the request of a grassroots transportation advocacy group, Western Pennsylvanians for Passenger Rail and with the help of the College’s Traffic 21 initiative, the Center offered an independent study for two students on the costs and benefits of expanding Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian Linefrom one to two trains a day. Read more