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An Overview of Quality, Statistics and Reliability Section of INFORMS and In-Process Quality Improvement

Jianjun Shi

The Carolyn J. Stewart Chair and Professor

Georgia Institute of Technology

Founding Chairperson of the INFORMS Quality, Statistics and Reliability

(QSR) Section

Abstract: This presentation will start with the introduction of the Quality, Statistics and Reliability (QSR) Section of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), which includes a brief review of the history, membership structure, major activities, and impacts of the QSR section and further proposes some ideas for potential collaboration between the QSR section and the International Statistics Engineering Association (ISEA). The presentation will also briefly discuss the concepts, methodologies, and applications of In-Process Quality Improvement (IPQI) in complex manufacturing systems, which is based on a newly published paper in IISE Transactions. More details about the IPQI can be found in In-Process Quality Improvement: Concepts, Methodologies, and Applications: IISE Transactions: Vol 0, No ja (


Dr. Jianjun Shi is the Carolyn J. Stewart Chair and Professor at the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests include the fusion of advanced statistical and domain knowledge to develop methodologies for modeling, monitoring, diagnosis, and control for complex manufacturing systems.

Dr. Shi is the founding chairperson of the Quality, Statistics and Reliability (QSR) Section at INFORMS (1998-1999). He was also former Editor-in-Chief of IISE Transactions (2017-2020). He received various awards for his research and teaching, including the George Box Medal (2022), the ASQ Walter Shewhart Medal (2021), The S. M. Wu Research Implementation Award (2021), ASQ Brumbaugh Award (2019), The Horace Pops Medal (2018), IISE David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award (2016), the IIE Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award (2011). Dr. Shi is a Fellow of four professional societies, including ASME, IISE, INFORMS, and SME, an elected member of the International Statistics Institute (ISI), a life member of ASA, an Academician of the International Academy for Quality (IAQ), and a member of National Academy of Engineers (NAE).

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