June 2017

June 2017 Meeting

June 14, 2017 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

"UPS ORION Project” (Winner of the INFORMS 2016 Franz Edelman Prize)
The Road to Optimization - Lessons Learned and Best Practices

“Through the marriage of technology, information, and analytics UPS reduces cost and improves services. These advanced technologies streamline our business processes and ultimately benefit our customers.”

Turning data into a business advantage through optimization is the goal of most organizations. The ever growing availability of data, along with expanding computing power and tools, opens the door to businesses gaining competitive advantage through analytical processes and skill.

UPS won the 2016 Franz Edelman prize for its On Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation system (ORION). ORION is reducing 100 million miles driven annually and saving UPS $300 to $400 million each year.

Jack Levis, senior director of Industrial Engineering at UPS was the program manager for ORION. He will share his experiences in designing, developing, and deploying this game changing tool. The path was fraught with pitfalls, and its success was due to the team overcoming many hard fought challenges.

This presentation will outline many of those challenges well as lessons learned from the journey. Jack will highlight best practices so that other projects have a smoother path.


Jack Levis

Jack Levis

Senior Director of Industrial Engineering at UPS

Jack Levis, Senior Director of Industrial Engineering, drives the development of operational technology solutions. These solutions require advanced analytics to reengineer current processes to streamline the business and maximize productivity.

Jack has been the business owner and process designer for UPS’ award-winning Package Flow Technology suite of systems, which includes its delivery optimization system ORION (On Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation). These tools have been breakthrough change for UPS, resulting in a reduction of 185 million miles driven each year.

ORION has completed deployment and is providing significant operational benefits to UPS and its customers. UPS estimates that ORION is reducing costs by $300M to $400M per year.

Having earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology, from California State University Northridge, Jack also holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.

He is a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), receiving their prestigious Kimball Medal and the President’s Award.

Jack holds advisory council positions for multiple universities and associations, including the U.S. Census Bureau Scientific Advisory Committee.