Shabbir Ahmed



  • Ph.D. Industrial Engineering (2000), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. Industrial Engineering (1997), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering (1993), Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology


  • Optimization


Shabbir Ahmed was the Anderson-Interface Chair and Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997 and 2000, respectively.

Dr. Ahmed’s research interests were in developing methods for large-scale optimization problems, and their applications in energy and other networked systems. His research in these areas was supported by Federal agencies such as the Advanced Research Program Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), the Air force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research; as well as by industrial organizations such as ExxonMobil, IBM and Samsung.

Ahmed served as the chair of the Stochastic Programming Society (2007-2010), and as a vice-chair (Stochastic Programming) of the INFORMS Optimization Society (2006-2008). His honors included the National Science Foundation CAREER award, two IBM Faculty Awards, the Coca-Cola Junior Professorship from ISyE, and the INFORMS Dantzig Dissertation award. Ahmed was an Associate Editor for Mathematical Programming A, Mathematical Programming C, Operations Research, and Operations Research Letters, and was an area editor for Surveys in Operations Research and Management Science and a department editor for IIE Transactions (Operations Engineering and Analysis). 

Awards and Honors

  • Farkas Prize of the INFORMS Optimization Society 2018
  • Appointed Dean's Professor 2014
  • Appointed Stewart Faculty Fellow 2014
  • Meritorious Service Award, Operations Research 2013
  • Top cited author in Discrete Optimization 2005 - 2010
  • Coca-Cola Faculty Fellowship, ISyE, $500,000 endowment 2005 - 2008
  • IBM Faculty Partnership Award, $40,000 2005
  • IBM Faculty Partnership Award, $30,000 2002
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation 2002
  • First prize, INFORMS Dantzig Dissertation Award 2000
  • IBM Research Fellowship 1999 - 2000
  • UIUC Mavis Memorial Fund Scholarship 1999
  • Listed on UIUC’s “Incomplete list of teachers ranked as excellent by their students 1999
  • UIUC M&IE Alumni Teaching Fellowship 1998
  • Best research paper award, Bangladesh Association of Advancement of Science 1994