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George Nemhauser

George Nemhauser

A. Russell Chandler III Chair and Institute Professor

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Groseclose, 412


B. Ch.E. (1958), City College of New York
M.S. (1959), Northwestern University
Ph.D. (1961), Northwestern University

George Nemhauser

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Professor George Nemhauser is the A. Russell Chandler III Chaired Professor in ISyE and Institute Professor. 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. (1963-64), the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE), University of Louvain, Belgium (1969-70, 1975-77, 1983-84) and the University of Melbourne, Australia (1995). He was the Research Director at CORE from 1975-77. He  has served the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) as council member, president, and editor of Operations Research, and was 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, the Khachiyan prize of INFORMS for lifetime achievements in optimization and, most recently, the John von Neumann theory prize of INFORMS. His current research interests are in solving large-scale mixed-integer programming problems. He is actively working on several applications, including maritime inventory routing. He is a partner in the Sports Scheduling Group which schedules major league baseball and many university athletic conferences.


  • Operations Research
  • Combinatorial and Integer Optimization
  • Sports Scheduling
Georgia Tech Class of 1934 Distinguished Professor Award 2015
Canadian Operational Research Society, Harold Lardner Prize 2012
INFORMS John von Neumann theory prize 2012
INFORMS Optimization Society, inaugural Khachiyan Prize for lifetime achievements in optimization, 2010
Distinguished Alumni Award, Northwestern University, Industrial Engineering and Management Science Dept., 2007
INFORMS Fellow 2002
Engineering Alumnus, Northwestern University 1999
Morse Lecturer of Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) 1991
Lanchester Prize of ORSA 1990
National Academy of Engineering 1986
Lanchester Prize of ORSA 1977