I am an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Florida, where I also serve as an assistant director of the Center for Applied Optimization. Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher under Andrea Lodi at Polytechnique Montréal. Before that, I graduated with my Ph.D. in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization from Carnegie Mellon University in May 2018, under Egon Balas.
- June 2024: Hope to see you at the 2024 Mixed Integer Programming Workshop, for which I am serving on the program committee.
- July 2023: Received a grant on Efficiently Strengthening Disjunctive Cutting Planes; thank you for the support from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
- March 2023: I served on the organizing committee for PanOptiC, a workshop in honor of Panos Pardalos.
- August 2022: I helped organize the Workshop on Data Science for Real-Time Decision Making celebrating the achievements of the Canada Excellence Research Chair held by Andrea Lodi.
- February 2022: I have joined the editorial board for the journal Computational Optimization and Applications.
- September 2021: Adding a new role! I am now an assistant director of the Center for Applied Optimization at UF.
- May 2021: I (virtually) presented my talk on Strengthening V-Polyhedral Disjunctive Cuts at the 2021 Mixed Integer Programming Workshop; the talk is available on YouTube.
- January 2021: I started a new job as an assistant professor at the University of Florida, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering! If you are applying to, or already a student at, UF and you are interested in working with me, please see the Students section below.
- June 21, 2020: Please join and contribute to Discrete Optimization Chats, a virtual gathering place for the discrete optimization community.
- April 13, 2020: Elias B. Khalil and I are organizing virtual Discrete Optimization Talks (DOTs). Visit the DOT website for the details.
- April 9, 2020: I am keeping a list of virtual seminars.
- Old news: I founded the INFORMS Student Chapter at CMU, which I encourage the CMU community to join. The chapter has been recognized several times by INFORMS for its activities. I was also the founding chair of the YinzOR Student Conference, an annual student-led conference organized by CMU INFORMS.
Update: July 2023: I am not seeking additional students at the moment. If you would like to pursue postgraduate studies at UF, please consider applying with some of my fantastic colleagues.
Some of the courses / skills that would be helpful for a researcher working with me: linear algebra / matrix analysis, real analysis, convex analysis, linear programming, integer programming, graph theory, computer programming (C++ / Python / Julia), software engineering. Familiarity with LaTeX is helpful to communicate results.
Information on the application procedure for graduate programs, for both master's and doctorate students. Please be aware that (in our department) applications are first reviewed by a committee, who make an admission decision. Afterwards, individual faculty members can offer funding for your PhD; typically, students secure funding before accepting a PhD offer. I schedule interviews with prospective PhD candidates to my group through early March, after initial decisions are made by the admissions committee.
I am committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the research team. All applications are welcome, including those from women, underrepresented minorities, indigenous people, people with any sexual orientation or gender identity, people with disabilities or health issues, and people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Research can be a challenging and taxing endeavor, especially during the initial transition period, and I make concerted efforts to support my students with that in mind. I also encourage students to take advantage of the Office of Graduate Professional Development.