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Frank E. Curtis

Department: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Position: Associate Professor

Address: Harold S. Mohler Laboratory, Room 475
200 West Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-4879

Areas of Research

  • Mathematical Optimization and Modeling
  • Robust, Stochastic, and Computational Optimization
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Optimization
  • Analysis of Algorithms and Complexity
  • Computing and Algorithm Development
  • Machine Learning


Dr. Curtis’s research interests revolve around the area of large-scale mathematical optimization and its applications, which lies at the intersection between applied mathematics, scientific computing, and operations research. His work involves the development of algorithms, theory, and software for problems with continuous (as opposed to discrete) variables, though many of the resulting techniques may be utilized within any type of algorithm that requires the solution of continuous nonlinear subproblems.

Further information about Dr. Curtis' research, teaching, and scholarly activities can be found on his personal website.

Dr. Curtis is a member of Institute of Industrial Engineers, Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, Mathematical Programming Society, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and Phi Beta Kappa. He was awarded the Frank Hook Assistant Professorship in 2013, the P.C. Rossin Assistant Professorship in 2010, and the Nemhauser Doctoral Dissertation Award of the IE/MS Department at Northwestern University in 2008.


  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University
  • M.S., Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University
  • B.S., Mathematics and Computer Science (double major), College of William and Mary