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Pitt INFORMS Chapter Wins 2019 Student Chapter Annual Award
The Pitt student chapter of INFORMS at an event last year.

PITTSBURGH (Oct. 10, 2019) — In recognition of achievements this year, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) student chapter at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering was selected for a 2019 Student Chapter Annual Award. It will be the chapter’s third since 2015. 

The INFORMS student chapter at Pitt helps graduate students in the Industrial Engineering Department expand their networks and enhance academic skills. The group is part of the INFORMS global organization, which has over 12,500 members in the operations research and analytics field. This award recognizes the achievements of student chapters and will be presented at the Student Awards ceremony during the upcoming 2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Seattle on Oct. 21, 2019. 

“Our motto at Pitt’s INFORMS Chapter is, ‘Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success,’” says Jing Yang, chapter president. “This award has been a testimony for our success and a motivation to continue our hard work.”

The Pitt chapter’s recent events include multiple tutorials for programming languages like Python and CPLEX, which are essential tools for industrial engineering students, and mock exam sessions for students preparing for PhD qualifying exams. They have also celebrated the Lunar New Year by making dumplings with faculty members and had Dr. Ramayya Krishnan, the president-elect of INFORMS and dean of the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, join the Department of Industrial Engineering for lunch to talk about the future of operations research. 

“Operations research is a broad field that makes our world run smoothly, and INFORMS gives our graduate students the chance to better engage with leaders in the field, and with one another, about what career path they will choose,” says Jayant Rajgopal, INFORMS member, advisor and professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering. “Their efforts to engage graduate students and enhance their education has been rightfully recognized with this award.” 

INFORMS is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to best practices and advances in operations research, management science, and analytics. Pitt’s is one of dozens of student chapters across the U.S. and internationally. 

Maggie Pavlick, 10/10/2019

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