Edward H. Kaplan, the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research at the Yale School of Management, Professor of Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health, and Professor of Engineering at Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been elected president of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Professor Kaplan becomes INFORMS president elect on January 1, 2015, and starts his term as president on January 1, 2016.
INFORMS is the largest society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research, management science, and analytics. It publishes many highly regarded academic journals, including Operations Research, Management Science, Marketing Science, Manufacturing and Services Operations Management, Mathematics of Operations Research, Organization Science, and Interfaces, among others.
Professor Kaplan’s pioneering work in public health and homeland security has won him numerous INFORMS awards. His research has been reported on the front pages of the New York Times and the Jerusalem Post, editorialized in the Wall Street Journal, recognized by the New York Times Magazine's “Year in Ideas,” and discussed in many other major media outlets. His current research focuses on the application of operations research to problems in counterterrorism and homeland security.
The author of more than 130 research articles, Professor Kaplan has been honored by INFORMS as an INFORMS Fellow, received the INFORMS President’s Award, and had his research recognized with the institute’s Frederick Lanchester Prize. He is also the winner of the following INFORMS awards: Saul Gass Expository Writing Award, Philip McCord Morse Lectureship Award, Franz Edelman Award, and the Koopman Prize.
An elected member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academies, he has also twice received the prestigious Lady Davis Visiting Professorship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has investigated AIDS policy issues facing the State of Israel, and served on the Board of Governors of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Professor Kaplan is also a member of the Operations Research Society of Israel, and has served as visiting professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Columbia’s Graduate School of Business, the Survey Research Center at the University of California-Berkeley, the Technion’s Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, and the Hebrew University’s School of Public Health and Department of Statistics.