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Shabbir Ahmed is a Dean's Professor and Stewart Faculty Fellow in the Stewart School of Industrial & 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 are in developing methods for large-scale optimization problems, and their applications in energy and other networked systems. His research in these areas has been 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.
Dr. Ahmed has 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 include the National Science Foundation CAREER award, two IBM Faculty Awards, the Coca-Cola Junior Professorship from ISyE, and the INFORMS Dantzig Dissertation award. Dr. Ahmed is 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).