Annual Report 2010

Kurt Anstreicher

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Kurt Anstreicher, professor of management sciences and faculty member in applied mathematics and computational sciences, was honored in 2007 when he was named editor-in-chief of Mathematical Programming, Series A (MPA) – a top academic journal in the research area of mathematical optimization. “The former holders of this position are people that I have looked up to for my entire academic career,” said Anstreicher, who previously served on the journal’s editorial board.

Another career highlight for Anstreicher came a decade ago, when Nate Brixius, a Ph.D. student in computer science whom he mentored, received the 2002 Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize for his dissertation on a new algorithm for a difficult optimization problem called the Quadratic Assignment Problem (QAP). Brixius was also a finalist for the Council of Graduate Schools CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award—the nation’s most prestigious honor for doctoral dissertations.

Anstreicher’s research in recent years has been mainly in the area of mixed-integer nonlinear optimization.