P.C. Rossin College of
Engineering and Applied Science

Frank E. Curtis

Associate Professor
Harold S. Mohler Laboratory, Room 475
200 West Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone Number: 
(610) 758-4879

Areas of Research

Mathematical Optimization
Machine Learning
Numerical Analysis
Analysis of Algorithms and Complexity
Computing and Algorithm Development


Frank E. Curtis is an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Lehigh University, where he has been employed since 2009. He received his Bachelors degree from the College of William and Mary in 2003 with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science, received his Masters in 2004 and Ph.D. 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 program of the U.S. Department of Energy, and has received funding from various programs of the U.S. National Science Foundation, including through a TRIPODS Institute grant awarded to him and his collaborators at Lehigh, Northwestern, and Stonybrook. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for Mathematical Programming, SIAM Journal on Optimization, Mathematics of Operations Research, and Mathematical Programming Computation. Articles that he has (co-)authored have appeared in top journals related to mathematical optimization such as Mathematical Programming and SIAM Journal on Optimization.  He received, along with three collaborators, the INFORMS Computing Society Prize.  He served as the Vice Chair for Nonlinear Programming for the INFORMS Optimization Society from 2010 until 2012, 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.


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