Tommaso Giovannelli 

Tommaso Giovannelli is a postdoctoral researcher at Lehigh's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering working with Luis Nunes Vicente since June 2020. Giovannelli received his Ph.D. in Operations Research in May 2021 from Sapienza University of Rome, where he obtained his BSc and MSc in Management Engineering in 2015 and 2017, respectively. From January 2020 to May 2021 he stayed at Lehigh ISE as a visiting scholar. Giovannelli's methodological research interests include nonlinear optimization, derivative-free optimization, and simulation-based optimization. His main application areas concern healthcare operations, machine learning, and transportation systems. He won a doctoral award from the EURO Working Group on Operational Research Applied to Health Services (ORAHS) of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS) at the Doctoral Consortium ORAHS 2019, Karlsruhe, for his research proposal entitled A simulation-based optimization approach for the improvement of the emergency department management.   

Michael O'Neill 

Michael O'Neill  will join the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Lehigh University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in September 2020. He is currently working with Frank E. Curtis and Daniel Robinson. O'Neill received his Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020 where he was advised by Stephen J. Wright. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2014 and his M.S. in Computer Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. He has received the CI Fellows 2020 postdoctoral research fellowship. O'Neill's research focuses on the design and analysis of nonconvex optimization algorithms, with a particular interest in optimization algorithms for large-scale machine learning problems.   

Gulcin Dinc Yalcin 

Gulcin Dinc Yalcin is a postdoctoral researcher at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, Lehigh University. She has received Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) postdoctoral research fellowship. She is currently working with Frank E. Curtis since June, 2021. She received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Anadolu University, Turkey in 2012 and 2017, respectively. Her main research area is design and analysis of optimization algorithms for especially nonsmooth and nonconvex optimization problems. She is also interested in mixed integer and multiobjective optimization.   


Ka-Wa Yip

Ka-Wa Yip is a postdoctoral researcher at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, Lehigh University. He is currently working in the Quantum Computing and Optimization Lab (QCOL) with Tamas Terlaky, Luis Zuluaga, and Xiu Yang. Ka-Wa received his Ph.D. in Physics and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in May 2021. His Ph.D advisor is Daniel Lidar, a renowned expert in the field of quantum computation. Ka-Wa's Ph.D thesis is "Open-system modeling of quantum annealing: theory and applications". During the Ph.D. he did extensive research on quantum open systems, numerical methods for noise simulations, and quantum annealing. Ka-Wa's main research interests now include developing new quantum computing (QC) techniques to address combinatorial optimization problems with NISQ devices, new QC interior plant algorithms, and the study and control of noise in NISQ devices.  


Ph.D. Students

Brandon Augustino
NameBrandon Augustino 
Advisor: Luis Zuluaga
Lehigh ID: bra216
Suresh Bolusani
Advisor: Ted Ralphs
Lehigh ID: sub214
Yutong Dai
Name Yutong Dai
Advisor: Daniel Robinson
Lehigh ID: yud319
Ramin Fakhimi
Name Ramin Fakhimi
Advisor: Tamas Terlaky
Lehigh ID: raf318
Samira Fallah
Advisors: Larry Snyder/Ted Ralphs
Lehigh ID: saf418
Sean Kelly
NameSean Kelly
Advisor: Ted Ralphs
Lehigh ID: sek519
Kursat Kemikli
Name: Kursat Kemikli
Advisor: Larry Snyder
Lehigh ID: kuk315
Didem Kochan
Name: Griffin Kent
Lehigh ID: gdk220
Didem Kochan
NameDidem Kochan
Advisor: Xiu Yang
Lehigh ID: dik318
Bian Li
NameBian Li
Advisor: Xiu Yang
Lehigh ID: bil215
Kangye Li
NameKangye Li
Advisor: Larry Snyder
Lehigh ID: kal318
Tao Li
Name: Shutian Li
Lehigh ID: shl919
Suyun Liu
NameSuyun Liu
Advisor: Luis Nunes Vicente
Lehigh ID: sul217
Mohammadhossein  Mohammadisiahroudi
Advisor: Tamas Terlaky
Lehigh IDmom219
Rodolfo Alexander Quintero Ospina
NameRodolfo Alexander Quintero Ospina
Advisor: Luis Zuluaga
Lehigh ID: roq219
Sergey Rusakov
Name: Sergey Rusakov
Advisor: Martin Takac
Lehigh ID: ser318
Name: Brendan Ruskey
Lehigh ID: bjr220
Name: Pouya Sampourmahani
Lehigh ID: pos220
Mohammad Hesam Shaelaie
Advisor: Larry Snyder and Ted Ralphs
Lehigh ID: mos519
Huanwen Shen
Name: Huanwen Shen
Lehigh ID: hus221
Zheng Shi
NameZheng Shi
Advisor: Martin Takac
Lehigh ID: zhs3109
Oumaima Sohab
Name: Oumaima Sohab
Advisor: Luis Nunes Vicente
Lehigh ID: ous219
Secil Sozuer
Advisor: Robert Storer
Lehigh IDses515
Man Yiu Tsang
Name: Man Yiu Tsang
Advisor: Karmel S. Shehadeh
Lehigh ID: mat420
Qi Wang
NameQi Wang
Advisor: Frank E. Curtis
Lehigh ID: qiw420
Zeguan Wu
NameZeguan Wu
Advisor: Xiu Yang 
Lehigh IDzew220
Yu Xie
NameYu Xie
Advisor: Ted Ralphs
Lehigh IDyux616
Mertcan Yetkin
Name: Mertcan Yetkin
Advisor: Larry Snyder
Lehigh IDmey316
Muqing Zheng
Advisor: Xiu Yang
Lehigh IDmuz219
Baoyu Zhou
NameBaoyu Zhou
Advisor: Frank E. Curtis
Lehigh ID: baz216