DR. BILL CARPER RECEIVES MOVING SPIRIT AWARD FROM INFORMS
Dr. William B. Carper, Professor of Management and MIS, was honored with the MOVING SPIRIT award by the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science [INFORMS] during its November 2010 annual meeting at Austin, Texas. INFORMS is the largest professional society in the world for professionals in the field of Operations Research (O.R.), Management Science, and Business Analytics. Operations Research encompasses a wide range of problem-solving techniques and methods applied to improve decision-making and efficiency.
The Moving Spirit Award has been established by the Institute to recognize outstanding geographic chapter volunteers or student chapter faculty advisors who have been "moving spirits" in their chapters. Dr. William B. Carper has been active in the Southeastern Chapter of INFORMS for more than 30 years and has served as the Chapter's Annual Meeting Program Chair, Proceedings Editor, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, and President. In addition, he has been a member of the Southeastern Chapter's governing Council since 1987 and has mentored many of the Chapter's current leaders. Following the merger of the The Institute of Management Science and Operations Research Society of America in 1995, Dr. Carper rewrote the Southeastern Chapter's Constitution and By-laws in order to have them conform to those of the newly formed INFORMS organization.
Being recognized with the Moving Spirit award is a high and rare honor. In the last 18 years since the award was instituted in 1993, only 38 individuals have received this high honor.