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George L. Nemhauser, Ph.D.

A. Russell Chandler lll Chair and Institute Professor

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George Nemhauser

Contact Information

Email: Campus Phone: 404-894-2306
Fax: 404-894-2301
Office Location: Groseclose 0205, Room 412


George Nemhauser is the A. Russell Chandler Chaired Professor in ISyE. He received a Ph.D. in operations research from Northwestern University in 1961, and joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University where he remained until 1969. In 1970, he joined Cornell University as a professor in operations research and industrial engineering and served as school director from 1977 to 1983. He has held visiting faculty positions at the University of Leeds, U.K., and the University of Louvain, Belgium and the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has served the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) as council member, president, and editor of Operations Research, and he is past chair of the Mathematical Programming Society. He was the founding editor of Operations Research Letters, and founding co-editor of Handbooks of Operations Research and Management Science.

Dr. Nemhauser has served various governmental agencies, including the NSF, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the National Research Council (NRC). He was a member of the NRC's Board of Mathematical Sciences. His honors and awards include membership in the National Academy of Engineering, the Kimball Medal, the Lanchester Prize (twice awarded), Morse lecturer of INFORMS and the Khachiyan prize of INFORMS for lifetime achievements in optimization. His current research interests are in solving large-scale mixed-integer programming problems. He is actively working on several applications, including maritime inventory routing.

Honors & Awards

  • John Von Neumann Theory Prize, INFORMS 2012
  • Khachiyan Prize, INFORMS 2010
  • Fellow, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 2009
  • Fellow, INFORMS 2002
  • Selected as Engineering Alumnus of 1999, Northwestern University 1999
  • International Symposium on Mathematical Programming (ISMP) Semi-plenary talk 1994
  • Phillip McCord Morse Lectureship 1992
  • Morse Lectureship, INFORMS 1991
  • Lanchester Prize, INFORMS 1990
  • George E. Kimball Medal, INFORMS 1988
  • National Academy of Engineers 1986
  • Awarded a Chair at Georgia Tech (Russell Chandler Professor) 1985
  • Awarded a Chair at Cornell (Leon C. Welch Professor) 1985
  • Selected in the group of top 10% of instructors in Cornell's College of Engineering 1980-81
  • Lanchester Prize, INFORMS 1977
  • NSF Senior Faculty Fellowship 1969
  • Chosen three times as one of eight best instructors in the School of Arts and Sciences of the Johns Hopkins University by the student "Course Guide".
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in Engineering
  • Who's Who in American Education
  • Who's Who in the East
  • Who's Who American Men of Science

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