Welcome to the website of Frank E. Curtis!

(Please call me Frank, but if/when you write my full name, don’t forget the E.! See here.)

Frank E. Curtis; New York, New York, 2018

Check out Optimization and Machine Learning (OptML) at Lehigh!

Bio (for seminar talks, etc.):

Frank E. Curtis is a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Lehigh University, where he has been employed since 2009. He received a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in 2003 with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics, received a master’s degree in 2004 and Ph.D. degree in 2007 from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Science at Northwestern University, and spent two years as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University from 2007 until 2009. His research focuses on the design, analysis, and implementation of numerical methods for solving large-scale nonlinear optimization problems. He received an Early Career Award from the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), and has received funding from various programs of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), including through a TRIPODS Phase I grant awarded to him and his collaborators at Lehigh, Northwestern, and Boston University. He has also received funding from the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) and DoE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). He received, along with Leon Bottou (Meta AI) and Jorge Nocedal (Northwestern), the 2021 SIAM/MOS Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization. He was awarded, with James V. Burke (U. of Washington), Adrian Lewis (Cornell), and Michael Overton (NYU), the 2018 INFORMS Computing Society Prize. He and team members Daniel Molzahn (Georgia Tech), Andreas Waechter (Northwestern), Ermin Wei (Northwestern), and Elizabeth Wong (UC San Diego) were awarded second place in the ARPA-E Grid Optimization Competition in 2020. He currently serves as Area Editor for Continuous Optimization for Mathematics of Operations Research and serves as an Associate Editor for Mathematical Programming, SIAM Journal on Optimization, Operations Research, IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis, and Mathematical Programming Computation. He previously served as the Vice Chair for Nonlinear Programming for the INFORMS Optimization Society, and is currently very active in professional societies and groups related to mathematical optimization, including INFORMS, the Mathematics Optimization Society, and the SIAM Activity Group on Optimization.