Ana Muriel, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, is the 2009 winner of the Moving Spirit Award, as chosen by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The award was established to recognize outstanding INFORMS volunteers who have been "moving spirits" in their respective forums within the organization.
INFORMS is the largest professional society in the world for academics and industrial personnel in the field of operations research. It was established in 1995 with the merger of the Operations Research Society of America and The Institute of Management Sciences. Dr. Muriel was the president of the Women in Operations Research/Management Sciences (WORMS) forum of INFORMS in 2008-2009 and presided over the WORMS meetings at the national conference of INFORMS, held last October in Washington, D.C.
"Our goal in the forum is to understand the issues of women in the profession and then communicate those issues to the INFORMS Board," said Dr. Muriel at the time. “That is our role. We had three sessions aimed basically at creating a supportive environment for women in the field.”
Established in 1995, WORMS has a threefold purpose : to encourage interest in the field of operations research and the management sciences; to encourage discussion and interaction among individuals having interest in the issues facing women and their relationship to the profession of operations research and the management sciences; to advise the INFORMS Board on issues facing women in the profession of operations research and the management sciences and to keep the INFORMS Board apprised of developments in this area. (November 2009)