Biography

George L. Nemhauser

School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology


George L. Nemhauser was born in New York City and was educated at the Bronx High School of Science, City College of New York (B.Ch.E. 1958) and Northwestern University (M.S. 1959, Ph.D. 1961).

He joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University as Assistant Professor of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering in 1961. In 1970, he was appointed Professor of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering at Cornell University and Leon Welch Professor in 1984. He served as School Director during the period 1977 - 1983. He came to Georgia Tech's School of Industrial and Systems Engineering in 1985 as the A. Russell Chandler Professor and was appointed Institute Professor in 1991. He is also co director of the Logistics Engineering Center. He has held visiting faculty positions at the University of Leeds, U.K. and the University of Louvain, Belgium. At Louvain he worked at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics and was Research Director for 2 years.

His principal research interests are in the area of discrete optimization. He is the author of 3 books and more than 100 papers. He has supervised more than 40 doctoral dissertations. His current interests are in solving large-scale mixed integer programming problems and he is actively working on several real world problems, especially the application of discrete optimization in logistics and transportation. He is one of the developers of MINTO, a software system for solving mixed-integer programs.

His honors and awards include membership in the National Academy of Engineering, Kimball medal and Lanchester prize (twice) and Morse lecturer of ORSA. He received awards for outstanding teaching at Johns Hopkins.

He has served ORSA as Council Member, President and Editor of Operations Research. He is the founding Editor of Operations Research Letters. He is co-editor of Handbooks of Operations Research and Management Science. He is the Past Chairman of the Mathematical Programming Society.

He has served various government agencies including NSF, NIST and NRC. He is a member of the Sports Scheduling Group.