I am an associate professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Lehigh University.
My main research areas are related to developing practical algorithms (and their theoretical analysis) for various problems in continuous optimization, such as convex optimization, derivative free optimization, machine learning, quadratic programming, etc. I published a book in 2008 titled, Introduction to Derivative Free Optimization, which is co-authored with Andrew R. Conn and Luis N. Vicente.
I was born in Moscow, Russia, and earned my undergraduate degree in operations research from the Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1992 and then received my Ph.D. in operations research from Columbia in 1997. I was a Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center for over a decade, where I worked on various applied and theoretical problems in optimization.
I am currently the editor of Optima, the MOS newsletter, and an associate editor of SIOPT. From January 2014 I will step down as the Optima editor and take on the role of the Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM-MOS Series on Optimization.