The INFORMS Optimization Section was formed in the fall of 1995 and became a Society in 2004.

The Optimization Society has two goals:

  1. to promote the development and application of optimization methods and software tools for the solution of problems in Operations Research/Management Science, and
  2. to encourage the exchange of information among practitioners and scholars in the optimization area.


2020 INFORMS Optimization Society Conference is postponed. Read more here.

Optimization Society Prizes

The deadline for applying Optimization Society prizes are May 1st. Check the page for more details.

IOS Election Results

The INFORMS Optimization Society welcomes the new officers to the executive board:

Chair-Elect: Alper Atamturk, Chair-elect Term: 2020; Chair Term: 2021-2022.
Vice Chair, Computational Optimization and Software: Ruth Misener, Term: 2020-2021.
Vice Chair, Integer and Discrete Optimization: Merve Bodur. Term: 2020-2021.
Vice Chair for Network Optimization, Jose Walteros. Term: 2020-2021.
Vice Chair, Linear and Conic Optimization, Nathan Krislock. Term: 2020-2021.
Treasurer/Secretary: Andy Sun, Term: 2020-2021.
We congratulate the new officers but also thank everyone who ran for an officer position. Please note that all of the vice chairs will resume positions immediately in January 2020.

We thank all of the outgoing officers for their service and leadership.

Optimization Society Conference 2020

[POSTPONED] The INFORMS Optimization Society conference will take place on March 15-17, 2020 in Greenville, SC. See the conference page for details.

OS Newsletter issue is out

The Fall 2018 issue of the OS newsletter is now available. Check the newsletter page for the past editions.

Discussion platform

The INFORMS Optimization Society has a community web page. You are very welcome to join it and participate in its discussions.

Optimization Stories

The OS website has a page for Optimization stories: success stories of Optimization that are documented as videos and other easily shared formats.


  • Chicago , Illinois, Managing Consultant, Guidehouse Inc , Chicago IL . Manage large-scale projects for the healthcare industry clients by managing the day-to-day client relationships as well as project scope and budget issues. Oversee healthcare delivery projects including performance improvement, labor optimization and cost reduction. Establish work plans, resource needs, best practices of KPIs, and appropriate methodologies to optimize project profitability across clinical settings. Identify opportunities for significant health system savings and drive projects to realize savings through operational growth and improvements as well as hospital budgeting and accounting. Oversee the quality of the teams work through careful review of analyses and work product for projects. Perform advanced mathematical modeling using simulation software, statistical analysis and data visualization. Make recommendations to clients for various initiatives. Review and frequently presents deliverables to all levels at the client, from frontline staff (nurses, technologists) to C-suite executives including CFO, CNO (chief nursing office) and COO. Write reports for senior management and clients. Participate in business development efforts. Tools: Minitab, SPSS, Tableau, Microsoft Power BI. 40 hrs/week, Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS : Master’s degree, or foreign equivalent, in Operations Research or Statistics or Industrial Engineering or Health Administration or related field and 2 years experience in the job offered or as a healthcare consultant. In the alternative, employer will accept a Bachelor’s degree, or foreign equivalent, in Operations Research or Statistics or Industrial Engineering or Health Administration or related field plus 5 years of experience in the job offered or as a healthcare consultant. Must have any amount of experience in the following: Healthcare providers (health systems and hospitals) consulting in performance improvement, labor optimization, cost reduction strategies; Mathematical modeling using simulation software, statistics packages (Minitab, SPSS), data visualization software (Tableau, Microsoft PowerBI); Hospital budgeting & accounting; Best practices of KPIs in various clinical settings including nursing, surgical services, ancillary areas and clinics; and Presenting deliverables to clients. Up to 40% travel required. Please apply to: Barbara Homme, Guidehouse Inc., 150 North Riverside Plaza, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60606. Please reference Job-ID: IL0012.
  • Beijing, China, POSITION S Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/ Full Professor in Management Science and Engineering   ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION Tsinghua has the most selective undergraduate program in Mainland China and is among the top 50 universities in the world according to both Times of London and QS rankings. With its Beijing campus inside an expansive former Qing Dynasty garden, the school provides an excellent research environment and the possibility of teaching undergraduate, Master’s (research-oriented, MBA and EMBA) and Ph.D. students. More information about the school can be found at http://www.sem.tsinghua.edu.cn (English version: http://www.sem.tsinghua.edu.cn/portalweb/appmanager/portal/semEN).   POSITIONS SUMMARY The School of Economics and Management (SEM) at Tsinghua University invites applications for faculty positions (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Full Professor) in the Department of Management Science and Engineering. The School offers competitive salary, relocation fund, start-up research fund and other fringe benefits. Applicants should hold (or expect to hold before employment) a Ph.D. degree in the field of Information Systems, Operations Management, and related fields. Candidates with a strong methodological background in data analysis and machine learning, optimization, and stochastic methods are preferred. We stress high research potential or achievement. Candidates must be committed to effective teaching, scholarly and professional research, as well as university and community service. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. No knowledge of Chinese is required, and applicants of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.   APPLICATION To apply, please send an application cover letter, CV (including a list of publications and working papers), three letters of reference (apart from tenured positions), evidence of research and teaching excellence, selected articles or working papers to scholar@sem.tsinghua.edu.cn .   Screening of candidates will start immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.   Information Systems, Operations Management, and related fields. Candidates with a strong methodological background in data analysis and machine learning, optimization, and stochastic methods are preferred. We stress high research potential or achievement. Candidates must be committed to effective teaching, scholarly and professional research, as well as university and community service. 
  • East Syracuse, New York, COMPANY OVERVIEW: INFICON is a growing, global, leading provider of innovative technologies that enhances productivity and quality in sophisticated industrial processes. The products provided by INFICON are world-class instruments for gas analysis, measurement, and control and are vital to manufacturers and end-users in the complex fabrication of semiconductors and thin film coatings for optics, flat panel displays, solar cells, and industrial vacuum coating applications. INFICON is headquartered in Switzerland and has world-class manufacturing facilities in Europe, the United States and China with subsidiaries located throughout the world. This position will be located at INFICON's U.S. headquarters in East Syracuse, NY. For more detailed information about INFICON, please visit our website at www.inficon.com . POSITION OVERVIEW: The Process Engineer is a member of the Engineering Quality & Service Engineering Team and owns the Process Definition, Control, Optimization, and Support for Residual Gas Analyzer (RGA), Compact Process Monitors (CPM), and the Advanced Mass Spectrometry (AMS) test areas. The EQ&S Team is responsible for the development of production processes and products in collaboration with the design team, design for manufacture, collaborating on production fixturing & test equipment, process control, process development, continuous lean improvement, and training. JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Together with the EQ&S Team, the Process Engineer is responsible for process definition, process control, process support, process optimization, and training. The Process engineer will focus on the development and maintenance of robust high yielding production processes. This position is a key partner in driving excellence in production. The Process engineer is expected to be intensely familiar with the people, process, and methods within their departments. The Process engineer must be able to work and influence cross –functionally as this position will interface with Technicians, Product Development, Operations Production team, Operations Quality team, and Product Teams. Specific duties include, but are not necessarily limited to: Troubleshooting issues and determining root cause. Provide thorough and detailed Root Cause Analysis and 8D reports utilizing lean tools such as 5Whys, Fishbone, PDCA, etc. – Drives the process from beginning to end Process definition including work instructions, pFMEA, control plans, production layout, and ergonomics Performs time studies, create process flow and value stream maps, identify and reduce waste to drive productivity and reduce costs Design, develop, test and implement production tooling, fixtures and equipment to create efficient production systems Develop and design layout of equipment and production lines to maximize efficiency and drive utilization of personnel, material, and utilities Continually optimize and reduce variability in all processes through the use of continuous improvement methods. Participate and perform audits to ensure process conformance and excellence. Performs process audits to ensure consistent assembly Contribute to EQ&S Team directive to ensure design for manufacture by participating in design reviews, development efforts, and team activities REQUIREMENTS: Minimal requirement: BS in Engineering/Science with 1+ years' experience (Industrial Engineering a plus) Demonstrated knowledge in implementing, monitoring, and deriving value from Statistical Process Control (SPC) and Statistical Process Monitoring (SPM) Experience in high cleanliness, tight tolerance, and high mix manufacturing environments. Experience or familiarity with diverse measurement systems including CMM, optical CMM, laser, vision recognition. Experience in troubleshooting, root cause and corrective action activities. Experience working with and mentoring operator/technicians on a daily basis. Demonstrated ability to prioritize and simultaneously oversee multiple activities. Strong analytical and problem solving skills Self motivated to achieve and promote high levels of performance. Lifelong learner; technologically savvy. Ability and willingness to travel; up to 10% (includes international travel). COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a competitive base salary, bonus opportunity, competitive benefits package, and relocation assistance. INFICON, is committed to ensuring that our online application process provides an equal opportunity to all job seekers that apply without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, gender, age, protected veteran status, disability status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic. A notice describing Federal equal employment opportunity laws is available here and here to reaffirm this commitment. INFICON is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for an employment opportunity at INFICON and require special assistance or an accommodation during the application process, please contact Human Resources at 315-434-1100. Determination on requests for reasonable accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. PAY TRANSPARENCY NONDISCRIMINATION PROVISION Apply Here PI121398091
  • Sunnyvale, California, Silicon Valley Clean Energy is seeking a Senior Data Engineer who works under the direction of the Director for Decarbonization & Grid Innovation to lead an organization-wide data strategy, and the design, implementation and management of an optimized and reliable overarching data architecture for SVCE’s business functions to support achieving our decarbonization mission.    The position will be responsible to:  Design, implement and manage an optimized and reliable overarching data architecture to support SVCE’s business and mission. Develop and maintain the infrastructure required for extraction, transformation, and loading of data from a wide variety of data sources (ETL). Identify, design, and implement internal process improvements, including automating manual processes, optimizing data delivery, and re-designing infrastructure for greater scalability. Design and implement best practices for data storage, versioning, querying, as well as managing relevant Build processes supporting data transformation, data structures, metadata, dependency, and workload Collaborate across the organization and with external partners to aggregate additional relevant data sets to support business functions. Design and develop data analytics dashboards and visualization tools. Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to understand business and policy challenges, goals and objectives and translate them into data analytics use Support data requests with key Silicon Valley stakeholders such as research institutions, start-ups, high-tech, students and the community Qualifications for Senior Data Engineer Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.   Education: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university or college in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or a related, quantitative field. A Master’s Degree in the aforementioned fields can substitute for up to one year of the required experience. A Doctoral Degree in the aforementioned fields can substitute for up to three years of the required experience. Experience: Six (6) years of progressively responsible experience as a data engineer at an electric utility, cleantech company, software company, or similar organization Applicants must submit a cover letter outlining key qualifications and reasons for your interest, a current resume including education and 5 years of previous employment history, and a completed copy of the SVCE job application, available at http://www.svcleanenergy.org/jobs . Please email these documents and any questions to: hr@svcleanenergy.org by 5 PM on July 24, 2020 .   Competitive benefits
  • Nationwide, Job Title:               Analyst Department :        Operations, Lean              Work Location:     US - Any    Reports To:           Operations Team, Lean MD/Partner                                                                                                       Who We Are   Valor Equity Partners is an investment firm participating in  both control and non-control investments in high growth companies across various stages of development. The firm delivers both capital and operational support services to the companies in which it invests, the operational support services are delivered by a team of Valor professionals known as the Operations Group.   Job Summary:   Valor is actively seeking an analyst with an engineering or applied science academic background to join the Operations Group.  This individual will participate in a multi-year mentoring process, closely associated with a senior member of the Valor team.  This process will be structured around participation in projects at Valor’s portfolio companies.  While engaged in these projects, the analyst will gain experience in multiple disciplines across multiple industries and have an opportunity to build a comprehensive understanding of how a company operates and change is managed. The analyst will report to a Principal or Partner of the firm. On-site presence during projects is to be anticipated and extensive and extended travel to support this is a requirement. Valor has no preference as to current home location and relocation will not be required.   Skills/Competencies Required:   Graduate degree in engineering or applied science. 2+ years of work experience in a related field Strong analytical and problem-solving skills Strong communication and interpersonal skills Familiarity with all common office productivity software tools CFA or equivalent preferred but not required Experience coding and using analytical software tools preferred but not required Ability and willingness to travel extensively


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