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Kulturel-Konak named president-elect of Women in OR/MS


Dr. Sadan Kulturel-Konak, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at Penn State Berks, was recently named Vice President/President-Elect of Women in Operations Research/Management Sciences (OR/MS) for 2009-2010. She will serve as President for 2010-2011.

Women in OR/MS is a forum of The Institute of Operations Research Management Sciences (INFORMS), the largest professional society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research with approximately 10,000 members worldwide. WORMS was established in 1995 and has approximately 200 members worldwide.

Kulturel-Konak's duties in her new position include coordinating a campaign to increase WORMS membership, recognizing successful women with the WORMS Award, and organizing WORMS participation in the Annual INFORMS Conference, featuring successful women from academia and industry.

"I am thrilled to be elected to this position, which was held by very successful women in academia over the years," states Kulturel-Konak. "I am a strong advocate of increasing the number of women in the areas of engineering and technology, and this role will provide me opportunities to promote this effort nationwide."

The purpose of the forum for Women in OR/MS is 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; and to advise the INFORMS Board on aspects of 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.

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