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December 2015

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UPDATE 12/18/15:
OR/MS Today is about to publish its biennial Vehicle Routing Software Survey. Vendors of vehicle routing programs are encourged to submit listings of their products — absolutely free! For details on how to participate contact Aileen Kronke at To see the current edition of the Vehicle Routing Software Survey go to,

UPDATE 12/8/15:
In search of sustainability
The cover story for the December issue of OR/MS Today focuses on "opportunities in sustainability," another in a series of articles on engineering "Grand Challenges" and how operations research can play the role of catalyst in helping solve them. Needless to say, energy and the environment take center stage.

The issue also includes:

  • Agriculture & analytics:
    Fertile ground for analytics and innovation. Does O.R. hold the key to feeding billions of people? [OPEN ACCESS]

  • Protection for our protectors:
    In recommending priorities for veterans' care, new study presents opportunities for quantitative analytics. [MEMBERS ONLY ARTICLE]

  • Meet the "member in chief":
    Interview with Ed Kaplan, the next president of INFORMS who plans to lead by example in 2016 [MEMBERS ONLY ARTICLE]

  • Profile of BNSF Railway:
    An inside look at Roundtable member's operations research team that helps lay tracks for the future. [MEMBERS ONLY ARTICLE]

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