Tamás Terlaky, George N. and Soteria Kledaras '87 Endowed Chair Professor and Chair of Lehigh’s industrial and systems engineering department, was elected as a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
INFORMS Fellows are examples of outstanding lifetime achievement in operations research and the management sciences who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments, making significant contributions to the advancement of OR/MS over a period of time. Their outstanding scientific achievements and service to the profession and to INFORMS has culminated in election to the INFORMS Fellow Award.
Terlaky, among the most accomplished experts of optimization, has made fundamental contributions to the theory, algorithms, computational methodology, and applications of optimization, carrying an exemplary track record of mentorship and distinguished service to the INFORMS community.
At INFORMS, among other functions, he served as the Chair of the INFORMS Optimization Society (2005—2006) and Chair Elect (2004). The Optimization Society saw a significant increase in membership over this period, elevating the subdivision from a section to a society. New prizes were also introduced, including the Young Researcher, Farkas and Khachiyan awards, as well as the creation of the Optimization Society conference series.
Terlaky also was an inaugural member of INFORMS’ Subdivision Council and the Sections and Societies Subcommittee from 2005 to 2007.
Last year, he served as General Chair of the INFORMS 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, where Lehigh's 150th anniversary was featured.
-Abby Barlok is the Communications Specialist with the Industrial and Systems Engineering department at Lehigh University.
September 15, 2016