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

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.


  • New York, New York, Position Summary: The Analyst Summer Internship is an  intensive 40-weeks program  within the Trading and Strategy Investments team who is responsible for a variety of strategic investment strategies with a focus on a disciplined return on investment methodology. The Intern will gain valuable experience in  market and economic   data sourcing,  large data analysis and synthesizing investment information with key focuses related to portfolio construction and theoretical application of investment ideas to implementation and trading on those investments. All while learning about insurance asset manager and the industry, company and their financial, economic market analysis; whilst supporting and developing investment trends and economic infrastructure. Strong emphasis on U.S. and introduction to Japan capturing a variety of institutional and industry specific  concepts to help inform investment professionals.  The Intern will benefit from  exposure to IFG CORPORATE ACCOUNTING SERVICES platform  with emphasis on macro-economic data used across portfolio with an emphasis on fixed income, understanding investment risk management and economic undercurrent, and leading up to how data is assembled and presented to key stake holders. The Intern will  interact with Senior Management  and will present their analytical project(s) to an audience of key stakeholders including other investment professionals, analysts, traders, portfolio managers, and Senior Management. Responsibilities: Our summer interns participate in a series of activities that provide the opportunity to learn about all areas of the firm, as well as on-the-job training in portfolio analytics and surveillance. The intern will be assigned projects in support of current business needs including research and analyst responsibilities within the credit portfolio for the full 10 week period. Communicate regularly with all aspects of an insurance asset manager with emphasis on relevant news, regularity of information, interpretation of information, data analytics and the potential risks, while developing methodology for presenting ideas in a thoughtful manner. Learn how to research and correlate investment ideas and supporting analytics to develop an assessment within defined data sets, industry analysis; along with identifying key trends and movement within financial markets. Create and maintain large data sets, while identifying key trends and statistical information to guide stakeholders in aiding in investment decisions. Participate in the design and implementation of investment analytics pertaining to the assessment and management of the company’s investment strategies and risks, including but not limited to stochastic financial projections, understanding tail event stress testing, regulatory capital modeling, portfolio optimization, performance attribution, along with developing asset understanding in foreign exchange and derivatives. Opportunity to significantly contribute to and influence the development of the company’s next-generation investment platform. Interact collegially and professionally with other members of the trading and quantitative, strategy, and research groups as well as well as other departments such as Credit, Portfolio, External Management, Enterprise-Wide Risk Management, Accounting, Actuarial, Tax, IT, HR, etc. Write industry reports as needed. Participate company /department wide meetings throughout the summer. Compile and maintain company and industry relative value analysis. Written and verbal presentations to assorted stakeholders Qualifications: We seek highly motivated student whoa re eager and willing to learn and have a strong interest in investments, finance, asset management, economics, insurance, and our company. Additional qualifications include: GPA of 3.5 or above preferred Degree Focus: Finance, Statistics, Economics, Data Analytics, or similar degree programs. Excellent analytical, quantitative, and problem solving skills Strong verbal and written communication skills Demonstrated leadership, interpersonal, and relationship management skills Basic understanding of financial statements Intermediate to advanced proficiency with MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. The above salary is monthly.
  • Buffalo, New York, POSITION OBJECTIVE: Manage Quality Control Chemistry personnel and laboratories. Manage Incoming Quality Control personnel and areas. Oversee Quality Control (Chemistry and IQC) Metrics, Investigations, Product Development Activities as related with QC, Product Release and Continuous Improvement. Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities Oversee Quality Control Chemistry testing for In-Process/Bulk, Finished Product, Raw Materials, and Stability at multiple sites. Oversee Incoming Quality Control personnel and areas at multiple sites. Provide cGMP guidance and training to laboratory personnel regarding FDA guidelines, USP and other compendia, GXP, ICH, and EMEA. Setup and maintain efficient laboratory systems and processes for increasing manufacturing output and additional sites/locations. Ensure QC laboratories are in state of compliance and are inspection ready. Ensure a safe work environment for laboratory personnel with compliance to OSHA requirements. Provide review and approval of laboratory data, specifications, performance verifications, certificate of analysis, and no-test forms. Conduct laboratory investigations, discrepancy investigations, environmental excursions, out of calibration reports, and CAPA in a timely manner. Manage personnel, support departmental budget planning, develop, and maintain Quality Control testing schedules, and instrumentation vendor services. Create, Revise, and/or Review operational SOPs, technical documents, protocols, and reports. Promote and implement staff training, motivation, and personnel development. Complete staff assessments and performance reviews as required ensuring competencies are maintained. Participate in personnel development programs to further enhance skills and knowledge relevant to the position. Provide input into continuous improvement and metric development and maintenance. Serve as SME and provide guidance for method transfers, method qualifications and ICH guidelines, validation activities for UHPLC and GC, and compendial testing. Interacts with other function groups for projects planning and QC requirements. Review and approve analytical procedures, specifications, and method development. Provide a fair assessment and execute processes in hiring new staff members. Provide support for customer and manufacturing related needs while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Support analytical needs that occur on off-shift hours and multiple sites. Review and approve new equipment protocols and method validation, qualification, and transfer protocols. Interface with all regulatory agencies and customer audit representatives. Prepare quotes and budgets for the QC department as needed. Serve as QC SME during regulatory inspections, internal audits, and customer audits. Required Education & Qualifications B.S. or advanced degree in an applicable life-science with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry or an Associate degree in an applicable life science with a minimum of 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Proven capabilities in reviewing and approving analytical procedures, specifications, analytical method transfer reports, and method development reports. Strong leadership with experience in managing, supervising, and developing employees and teams. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with multiple levels within the organization to achieve measurable results. Strong focus on quality and safety in a laboratory environment. In depth knowledge and experience with cGMP 21 CFR 210/211/820 Quality Systems. Working knowledge of laboratory information management systems (LIMS) and experience in leading LIMS implementation and optimization. Advanced knowledge and implementation of data integrity principles. Advanced organizational and time management skills. Experience and involvement with regulatory inspections as well as internal and external audits.     Salary commensurate with experience
  • Washington, At Amazon, we have multiple Senior Research Scientist positions available within our Operations Technology teams. Please visit the below links to learn more and apply.  Sr. Research Scientist with Amazon Fulfillment Technologies Sr. Research Scientist with Amazon Logistics  Sr. Research Scientist with Last Mile  Sr. Research Scientist with Modeling & Optimization Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en/disability/us
  • Horsham, Pennsylvania, Provides business consultative and management engineering services from discovery to execution with a central focus on laboratory operations. Provides oversite, assistance, and hands-on support with strategy and design, management and process engineering, applied analytics or business and digital transformation across the entire NMS Labs network to fully optimize operational workflows. Responsible for data analysis, analytics, development of recommendations, and presentation including solution/deliverable, development, and coordinating deployment of deliverables with supporting departments. Master's degree in industrial engineering, systems engineering or operations research is preferred with 2 years of experience to include several of the following areas of expertise: consulting, operations optimization, workflow and staffing analysis, management and systems engineering, digital technology enablement, applied analytics and leadership with strategic initiatives, OR Bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, systems engineering or operations research with 5 years of experience to include several of the following areas of expertise: consulting, operations optimization, workflow and staffing analysis, management and systems engineering, digital technology enablement, applied analytics in support of leadership strategic initiatives.
  • Taunton, Massachusetts, This Resource Analyst will be responsible for: Researching and developing new rate structures that would be attractive to TMLP’s customers. Performing and monitoring Cost of Service results and identify trends, anomalies and suggest ways to react to changes over time. Developing modeling techniques to perform adequate probabilities and risk management analyses in assessing power supply strategies; concentrating on power supply, fuel, emissions, and ISO market power. Monitoring generator unit’s actual performance as related to the bid and actual cost. Providing feedback to TMLP’s Power Production department in the areas of bid/cost data, unit operation data, and emissions consumption. Assisting in the procurement of resources related to TMLP’s power supply, natural gas, oil, power, emissions and electricity products. Monitoring, analyzing, and verifying prices of units for resources procured. Developing strategies for optimization of resources, which fit within the ISO/TMLP framework. Performing data acquisition, data reporting, and chart/graph creation, Develop reporting templates for both demand and supply. Analyzing historical demand and develop forecasts for solar and hourly load. Validating key assumptions using real-time market data and track performance; research conflicting theories and present quantitative results. Use metrics to improve performance and understand bias. Participating in regular market assessments and environmental trends with potential to affect our customer base and our growth strategies. Assist Lead Analyst with regulatory compliance matters required by the North American Electric Reliability Organization. Perform other duties as required. Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, Economics, Finance, or equivalent is required. A Post-Graduate Degree is preferred.  Strong fundamental understanding of the New England power markets. Minimum of 2 years of professional experience in a corporate setting, preferably in the power/utility/fuel or similar utility/industrial work is required. This position requires strong analytical and communication skills and a willingness to develop an in-depth understanding of the energy markets.  The successful candidate will also be required to carry a cell phone 24 hours per day, seven days per week and possess a valid Driver’s License.


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