Earlier this year, I wrote an article in the member magazine about how getting involved with an INFORMS chapter or forum can be beneficial. As we welcome many new INFORMS members who joined around the Annual Meeting, and maybe haven't found a community yet, I thought this would be a good time to circulate it again. I also want to invite other members to share their thoughts on how their communities have been valuable to them. If you belong to chapters, forums, sections, or societies, what's the main thing you've gained from it?
Here's a link to the article: https://pubsonline.informs.org/do/10.1287/orms.2022.02.03/full/
Here's where to learn more about all the communities: https://www.informs.org/Communities
As a remote student (I live in Texas. WPI is in Massachusetts), INFORMS communities benefit me by keeping me informed (pun intended) and providing a place for me to reach out to researchers in a new field. I recently joined the INFORMS Section on Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment (ENRE) and posted to the ENRE discussion board to connect with water modelers. Water is a new application area for me. Going with the flow is necessary in certain cases. I enjoy causing good trouble and questioning processes/systems/etc. that I don't agree with. Anyway, I digress. I work part-time for the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI), New Mexico State University (NMSU) to connect water, data, social and systems folks who want to foster transboundary groundwater resilience https://tgr.nmwrri.nmsu.edu/
The many communities INFORMS provides allows for such connections. I plan to reach out to the Simulation Society, Decision Analysis Society, and Analytics Society too. It is crucial to do cross-disciplinary collaborative work, especially on the transboundary (i.e., between two or more countries) groundwater depletion problem. INFORMS communities has problem-solvers from various countries and materials/events/etc. we can use to educate and connect future researchers and practitioners.
Thanks a lot for fostering such discussion! I'm the vice-chair of INFORMS College on Artificial Intelligence. The CAI sponsor many sessions at the Annual Meeting. Through the sessions, we're able to know many colleagues who do research in the same domain as ourselves. We can benefit a lot through the discussion in these sessions. The social events can also connect us closely.
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