Dr. Tamás Terlaky's research interests include high-performance optimization methods, optimization models, algorithms and software, and solving optimization problems in engineering sciences. Specifically, he explores the following topics:

  • Quantum Computing Optimization
  • Interior Point Methods for linear and nonlinear optimization, Semidefinite Optimization, engineering applications;
  • Linear optimization, pivot methods, network flows, applications;
  • Sensitivity analysis, quadratic optimization, linear complementarity problems;
  • Nonlinear optimization, geometrical programming, lp programming, cutting plane and decomposition methods;
  • Applications of OR and optimization methods, especially in production, engineering, structural design, water management, optimizing nuclear reactors;
  • Integer and combinatorial optimization; and,
  • Oriented matroid programming.

Terlaky's HPC research includes imaging of cancerous tumors and how to radiate the tumor in the most effective way. Dr. Terlaky harnesses algorithms to optimize the core refueling process of nuclear reactors, the radiation effectiveness in cancer treatment, the maintenance scheduling of oil refineries, and more.

Dr. Terlaky is founding editor-in-chief of the journal, Optimization and Engineering and serving as associate editor of seven journals. He is a Fellow of the Fields Institute, Toronto, Canada; Fellow of INFORMS; Fellow of SIAM; received the H. Wagner Prize of INFORMS; received the Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering of IISE; received the Award of Merit of the Canadian Operational Research Society; received the Egerváry Award by the Hungarian Operations Research Society; received the MITACS Mentorship Award for his distinguished graduate student supervisory record; was Finalist 4 times of the David Smiths Prize Competition by UPS-INFORMS.

Dr. Terlaky is Vice President of INFORMS; Chair of the Siam Activity group on Optimization; Founding Honorary Chair of EUROPT, the Continuous Optimization Interest Group of EURO.


Tamás Terlaky
Tamás Terlaky
Alcoa Foundation Endowed Chair Professor
(610) 758-2903
Harold S. Mohler Laboratory
200 West Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Room 388


Doctor of the Academy of Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Habilitation, Panon University of Veszprém, Hungary
Candidate of Mathematical Sciences with specialization in Operations Research, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary
Ph.D. in Natural Sciences, with specialization in Operations Research,Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary
M.Sc. in Mathematical Sciences, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary
Candidate of Mathematical Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Ph.D., Natural Sciences, Loránd Eötvös University (Hungary)
M.Sc., Mathematics, Loránd Eötvös University

Areas of Research

Financial Engineering, Grid Computing/Large Scale Computation, Mathematical Optimization and Modeling, Health Systems Engineering, Stochastic, Dynamic Systems and Control, Optimization, Combinatorics