Booz Allen Hamilton awarded the 2019 INFORMS Prize for Operations Research
eurekalert | April 15, 2019
The leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, announced that Booz Allen Hamilton has been awarded the 2019 INFORMS Prize for their pioneering and enduring integration of operations research (O.R.) and analytics programs into their organization. Recognizing the increasing role that O.R. and analytics was playing in the future of their clients' missions, Booz Allen consolidated their firm-wide O.R. talent into a single, centralized organization to enhance cross-disciplinary exchanges as well as accelerate internal research and development projects. This new practice, Booz Allen's Analytics Practice, integrated traditional O.R. practitioners from its Defense business with experts in high-performance computing from its National Security business and solution architects from its Civil and Commercial businesses. Together, Booz Allen's team of O.R. practitioners have pioneered the application of data science to minimize vaccine production variability, detect pharmaceutical safety issues, prevent entitlement fraud, and disrupt threat networks. Booz Allen has also repeatedly incorporated O.R. into its internal culture to achieve efficiencies and enhance employee and customer experiences. Some of firm's notable programs include the Data Science Bowl, one of the largest data science-for-social-good competition in the world. Booz Allen also established the Data Science 5K, an internal workforce development program that has rapidly grown Booz Allen's data science talent by more than 1,600 data scientists in just the past three years.