Yong Tan wins Distinguished Fellow Award from leading information systems association

Yong-TanYong Tan, the Neal and Jan Dempsey Professor of Information Systems at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, has received the Distinguished Fellow Award from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

“The INFORMS Distinguished Fellow Award is widely considered to be the most post prestigious award in the information systems discipline,” says Dean Jim Jiambalvo.

Tan joined the Foster School faculty full-time in 2000, after earning PhDs from the University of Washington in physics (1993) and information systems (2000).

At Foster, he has won a passel of accolades, including the Evert McCabe Faculty Fellowship, the Neal and Jan Dempsey Faculty Fellowship, the Dean’s Faculty Research Award, the Lex N. Gamble Family Award, the PhD Program Mentoring Award, and the MSIS Faculty Recognition Award.

But Tan’s influence extends well beyond the UW. In 2013, Tan received the Management Science Meritorious Service Award and the Best Publication Award from the Association of Information Systems. And last year he was named a Chang Jiang Scholar by the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Foundation. The academic award—one of the most prestigious in China—recognizes international researchers for their outstanding contributions to the disciplines of science, engineering, medicine and management.

And recently, Tan and Associate Dean Xiao-Ping Chen proved instrumental in establishing the Foster School’s partnership agreement with the University of Science and Technology in China (USTC), Tan’s other alma mater, to establish the new Institute for Global Business and Finance Innovation.

Tan is currently senior editor of Information Systems Research, the flagship journal in his field of information systems management. This is in addition to his service on the board of editors of the Journal of Management Information Systems. He recently completed a nine-year stint as associate editor of Management Science.

His own research examines online social networks, mobile commerce, big data, digital content distribution channels, and information security.

Tan’s 47 papers published in peer-reviewed journals include findings that active online health communities improve a patient’s condition, that strategic social networking is key to web content popularity, and that online reviewers follow the crowd unless they listen to friends.