INFORMS Fellows are examples of outstanding lifetime achievement in operations research and the management sciences. They have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments and made significant contributions to the advancement of OR/MS over a period of time.

Their service to the profession and to INFORMS has culminated in election to the INFORMS Fellow Award.

Elected Fellows

INFORMS Fellows: Eligibility

A nominee for the Fellow Award must be a current full member or retired member of INFORMS, must have been a full or retired member for at least 5 of the previous 10 years and must have been a member for at least 10 years in total.

Officers and members of the INFORMS Board of Directors, and INFORMS staff members, may not nominate, serve as references, or be nominees while holding such positions, unless the individual has been ineligible to nominate, serve as a reference, or be a nominee for five or more consecutive years as a result of this restriction. Members of the Fellows Selection Committee may not nominate or serve as references.

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INFORMS Fellows: Criteria

The Fellow Award is reserved for distinguished individuals who have demonstrated outstanding and exceptional accomplishments and experience in operations research and the management sciences (OR/MS). 

The contributions of a nominee will be evaluated in each of the following five categories; contributions must be outstanding in at least one category:


includes activities that had significant impact on the growth and development of OR/MS education


includes significant work over an extended period of time on behalf of INFORMS and its functions and/or significant contributions that advanced the stature and recognition of the OR/MS profession


includes significant responsibility for and direction of the development and application of OR/MS techniques and knowledge, within an organization, over an extended period of time, that have had a major impact internal and/or external to the organization


includes theoretical, empirical, or computational innovations in OR/MS


includes substantial application of OR/MS to significant practical problems

Contributions to all of these areas will be evaluated, but in at least one area contributions must be truly outstanding. With rare exception, the nominee's contributions should extend over a period of years and not be limited to a single result. Except for very rare cases, because the award recipient is named an INFORMS Fellow, some service to INFORMS is a prerequisite for all nominees.