CDS Lecture Series

Sheldon H. Jacobson
Simulation and Optimization Laboratory
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sheldon H. Jacobson is a Professor, Willett Faculty Scholar, and Director of the Simulation and Optimization Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois. He has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. (both in Mathematics) from McGill University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. (both in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering) from Cornell University. His theoretical research interests include the analysis and design of heuristics for intractable discrete optimization problems. His applied research interests address problems in the areas of aviation security and health-care delivery systems. In 1998, he received the Application Award from the IIE Operations Research Division. In 2002, he was awarded the Aviation Security Research Award by Aviation Security International, the International Air Transport Association, and the Airports Council International. In 2003, he received the Best Paper Award in IIE Transactions Focused Issue on Operations Engineering and was named a Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His research has been published in a wide spectrum of journals, including Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, and INFORMS Journal on Computing. He has received research funding from several government agencies and industrial partners, including NSF and AFOSR.

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