Department chair honored for women's advancement in operations research

Published: Dec 14, 2009 2:11:00 PM
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Alice Smith, faculty member and department chair of Auburn University's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, recently received the 2009 WORMS Award for the Advancement of Women in Operations Research / Management Science at the INFORMS annual conference in San Diego. The award celebrates and recognizes significant contributions to the advancement and recognition of women in the field of operations research and management sciences (OR/MS).

Recipients are selected based on efforts to promote the professional development, success and recognition of women in OR/MS. They have made contributions to the field, such as involvement in professional organizations, personal commitment and leadership with respect to increased hiring, retention, advancement and recognition of women in academia, industry or government; leadership in encouraging, sponsoring and developing professional training and development programs for women in OR/MS; and creating an environment that supports female participation and advancement in OR/MS.

Smith was cited for successful efforts in mentoring female students and faculty, organizing the 2008 National Science Foundation (NSF) Workshop on Women in IE Academia and organizing the NSF ADVANCE Leadership program, which aims to improve women's success in archival publications. She was also noted in service to INFORMS as a past president of ACORD (Association of Chairs of OR Departments) and as an associate editor of INFORMS Journal on Computing.

Established in 1995, the purpose of the Forum for Women in OR/MS (WORMS) is to encourage interest in operations research and management sciences; encourage discussion and interaction related to issues facing women and in operations research and management sciences; advise the INFORMS board on issues facing women in the profession; and to keep the INFORMS board apprised of developments in the field. The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is the largest professional society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research.