Hicks elected VP of education for INFORMS

Rice professor and CMOR chair will take office on Jan. 1, 2023. He was named an INFORMS fellow in 2020.

Ilya Hicks standing in front of whiteboard

Illya V. Hicks, professor and chair of computational applied mathematics and operations research (CMOR) at Rice University, has been elected vice president of education for the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

He will take office on Jan. 1, 2023. In 2020, he was named an INFORMS fellow. He received the Moving Spirit Award and the 2005 Optimization Prize for Young Researchers from the Optimization Society of INFORMS. Last year he was named an INFORMS Minority Issues Forum fellow.

Hicks joined the Rice faculty in 2007. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in computational and applied mathematics from Rice in 2000. For six years he was a member of the Industrial and Systems Engineering faculty at Texas A&M University. His research interests include combinatorial optimization, integer programming, graph theory, and matroid theory, with applications in social networks, political redistricting, path planning, data science, and network design.

He is also a member of the Mathematical Optimization Society, the National Association of Mathematicians, the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

With more than 12,500 members from around the world, INFORMS is the leading international association for professionals in operations research, analytics,  management science, economics, behavioral science, statistics, artificial intelligence, data science and applied mathematics.