IIT graduate to take reins at INFORMS

Ramayya Krishnan

An Indian-American professor of management and information at Carnegie Mellon has been elected the 25th president of the board of directors of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals.

Ramayya Krishnan, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy will begin serving his term on the INFORMS board in January as president-elect, transitioning to president in January 2019 for a one-year term, according to the university.

A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Krishnan became a Carnegie Mellon faculty member in 1988. He is the W.W. Cooper and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems with appointments at Heinz College and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy.

In 2009 he was appointed dean of Heinz College in 2009 and reappointed in 2014.

As president of the INFORMS board, Krishnan will work to build deeper partnerships between academia, industry and government. His priorities will also include finding ways to facilitate greater research and development, and deployment in the fields of operations research, analytics and the management sciences.

"Dean Krishnan has built on Carnegie Mellon's tradition of deep expertise in operations research, management science and analytics, both in his own scholarly research and in his leadership of Heinz College,” said a press statement from Farnam Jahanian, interim president of Carnegie Mellon. “This well-deserved honor further strengthens the connections between the university and the INFORMS community, whose past presidents include four other CMU faculty.”

Krishnan has served INFORMS in a variety of capacities. He has been editor of the INFORMS journal “Interfaces” and the journal on computing. Krishnan is an INFORMS Fellow and a recipient of the INFORMS Information Systems Society's Distinguished Scholar Award. Under his leadership, Heinz College won the INFORMS UPS George D. Smith Prize in 2016.

Krishnan previously served on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Data-Driven Development and presented an ideas lab on data analytics. He has also had a career in government service. He was a STEM expert with the State Department and provided ongoing service on the IT and Operations Advisory Board of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

"I am truly honored to have been selected by my fellow INFORMS members to serve as their president," Krishnan said. "INFORMS members have a rich history of pioneering and innovating in the fields of operations research and analytics. The work of my colleagues has saved lives around the world, helped businesses and governments become more efficient, helped keep people safer, and so much more. Today, our capacity to combine analytic and information technology is enabling our fields to reach new heights, solve new problems, and touch more lives than ever before,” he said in the press release.

Brian Denton, 2017 president of INFORMS and a professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, praised the election of Krishnan, saying the organization is excited about his joining the INFORMS board. “His insights and perspectives will add a new and important dimension to INFORMS over the next three years…” he said.

He is also the recipient of the 2015 Nayudamma Award for contributions to business technology and telecommunications and the 2017 distinguished alumnus award from IIT, Madras.

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