Carnegie Mellon University


December 05, 2018

Tepper School Ph.D. Graduate Elected INFORMS President

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences has elected Pinar Keskinocak (Ph.D. 1997) to serve as on the INFORMS board as President-Elect. She assumes the role of President in 2020.

Keskinocak is the William W. George Chair and Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, ADVANCE Professor for the College of Engineering, and Director of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has been at Georgia Tech since 1999, after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.

“As an active INFORMS member since 1996, I have enthusiastically served our community in a variety of roles,” Keskinocak said in her vision statement. “I am grateful for this opportunity to continue my service in collaboration with INFORMS members, staff, and constituents to expand the reach and impact of our community.”

Keskinocak has been an INFORMS Fellow since 2015, and has received several honors from the organization for her research, including the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice in recognition of outstanding writing and analytical content. She has served in several leadership roles for several INFORMS subdivisions — two of which she co-founded — as well as on the INFORMS board and strategic planning committee.

“Pinar will be an exceptional leader for INFORMS,” said Sridhar Tayur, Ford Distinguished Research Chair, Professor of Operations Management, who served as Keskinocak’s adviser while she was completing her doctoral studies at the Tepper School. “She has been an influential voice in operations research and operations management and an important advocate in the kind of interdisciplinary work that combines strong theoretical advances with practical implementations we prize at the Tepper School. I enjoyed working with her and am immensely proud of her accomplishments.”

One of Keskinocak’s priorities as she steps into the role of President-Elect is to expand the reach of INFORMS, both to industry partners as well as complementary academic fields. “Connecting with other fields beyond the ones we have traditionally engaged in will open new venues for our community, enable us to contribute to science and knowledge, increase our impact and recognition as a profession, and better the world,” she said.