Lehigh University
Lehigh University


Large-scale mathematical programming expert joins industrial and systems engineering faculty

Frank E. Curtis hopes to strengthen his current avenues of research and explore whole new areas both locally at Lehigh and internationally.

Frank Curtis

Curtis joins the industrial and systems engineering department from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University where he taught statistics, nonlinear optimization, linear algebra, and calculus.

Curtis’s research interests revolve around the area of large-scale mathematical programming and its applications, which lies at the intersection between applied mathematics, scientific computing, and operations research.

His doctoral work was intended for the solution of very large-scale problems involving partial differential equations. Through recent work, it has broadened to have applications in mixed-integer nonlinear programming, which is a rapidly developing paradigm in areas such as chemical engineering and economic modeling.

A graduate from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., Curtis received a dual bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science in 2003. He then attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where he received his Master of Engineering in 2004 and his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 2007.

Curtis has published several papers in journals such as the IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis, SIAM Journal on Optimization, and the American Journal of Mathematical and Management Sciences. He has also presented his work at numerous conferences and workshops in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

"I am looking forward to interacting with all of my fellow faculty members and hopefully leading to new and exciting collaborations," mentions Curtis. "I hope to strengthen my current avenues of research and exploring new areas both locally at Lehigh and internationally. I'm also looking forward to teaching and learning from undergraduate and graduate students about all the exciting opportunities within the ISE department."

--Amanda Fabrizio


Posted on Monday, August 03, 2009

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