Donald Goldfarb

Donald Goldfarb, the Alexander and Hermine Avanessians Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, has been a faculty member at Columbia Engineering since 1982. He served as Interim Dean of SEAS in 2012-2013, Executive Vice Dean in 2011-2012, Acting Dean of SEAS in 1994-95, and chair of the IEOR Department from 1984 to 2002.

Goldfarb's teaching and research interests include algorithms for linear, quadratic, semidefinite, convex and general nonlinear programming, network flows, large sparse systems, and applications in robust optimization, imaging, machine learning, and finance.

He has published more than 100 technical papers and served on the editorial boards of several journals, including editor in chief of Mathematical Programming, editor of the SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Journal on Optimization and the SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, and associate editor of Operations Research and Mathematics of Computation. He has been a member of the councils of the Mathematical Programming Society and the American Mathematical Society, numerous technical society program and award committees, and advisory committees to various universities and government research agencies.

In 2012, Goldfarb was named a SIAM Fellow. He was awarded the 2013 INFORMS Khachiyan Prize for Life-time Accomplishments in Optimization, and named one of the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014 by Thomson Reuters as one of the 99 most highly cited researchers in Mathematics between 2002 and 2012. 

In 1995, Goldfarb was awarded the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences Prize for Research Excellence in the Interface between Operations Research and Computer Science. He also received honorable mention for the 1996 SIAM Optimization Prize and was honored with the 1999 Great Teachers Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates.

Before coming to Columbia, Goldfarb held positions as professor and acting chair in the Department of Computer Science at the City College of New York, visiting professor in the Department of Computer Science and at the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering at Cornell University, and assistant research scientist at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University.

Goldfarb earned a B.Ch.E. from Cornell in 1963 and M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton in 1965 and 1966, respectively.