Wrapping up another great year at INFORMS!

As we near the end of the year, I’m once again joined by our 2022 INFORMS president Radhika Kulkarni to take a look back at the past year, her favorite moments and memories, what insight she gained, what she’ll take with her, and finally, any special insight she might have for our incoming 2023 president.

It is hard to believe how quickly this year has gone by! As I remarked at the start of my presidency, I never imagined that I would have the honor to be the president of INFORMS and I would like to thank all of you members for placing this immense trust in me to lead INFORMS. It has been an exciting year for me in many ways and I have learned a lot in the process. Working together as one team – Elena, the Board, and the entire INFORMS staff – we have been focusing on some major initiatives and I’m proud of our achievements. I would like to thank the entire Board, Elena, the INFORMS staff and all of you members for your support of me during my presidency.

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Radhika Kulkarni

2022 INFORMS President

Radhika Kulkarni retired as VP, Advanced Analytics R&D at SAS Institute Inc., where she was responsible for the world’s leading analytics software products portfolio. She spearheaded the creation of the OR/AIML Center of Excellence to solve the toughest analytical problems for a diverse set of Fortune 100 companies. Under her leadership, O.R. gained recognition as a key contributor to scalability and performance of algorithms in statistics, machine learning, forecasting, data mining, econometrics, etc. She inspired a collaborative spirit across the different domains resulting in several cutting-edge innovations and received the CEO Award of Excellence.

Married to an O.R. professor, Kulkarni is deeply familiar with the academic world and its challenges and opportunities. She sponsored several partnerships with universities including research collaborations and robust internship programs for Ph.D. students and serves on many academic advisory boards.

An INFORMS member throughout her career and an INFORMS Fellow, Kulkarni has been a member of the INFORMS Roundtable and several INFORMS committees and is passionate about ensuring that OR/MS is recognized as a key discipline in the world of analytics. In addition to INFORMS, she has been an executive sponsor for ASA, KDD and other professional societies. She has contributed in numerous ways to advance the careers of analytics professionals, and her WORMS award aptly recognizes her as a role model for women in analytics.

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