ISE is proud to announce that Tamás Terlaky, Kledaras Endowed Chair Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, was the recipient of the 2021 Lehigh University Rossin College Excellence in Research Scholarship and Leadership Award.

The 2021 Lehigh University Rossin College Awards were announced Thursday, April 23, 2021. This annual event honors the achievements and commitments of Rossin College’s faculty and staff. You can read more about Tamàs and the other awardees here.

The Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department nominated Professor Terlaky on account of his impressive record of research scholarship and leadership in ISE during his 12 years at Lehigh.

Tamás Terlaky chaired the ISE Department from 2009 to 2017, building a world-class faculty profile in Optimization at Lehigh, and accomplishing a number of other achievements, such as the now well-established Master’s Program in Healthcare Systems Engineering and the international conference series MOPTA, held every summer at Lehigh.

After his tenure as department chair, Tamás collected an impressive number of awards and recognitions:

  • He was a recipient of the Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
  • He was elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and elected Vice-President of INFORMS.
  • He received the Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.
  • He was elected chair of the Optimization Activity Group of SIAM and elected to the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

These awards and positions brought immense visibility and increased reputation to our college and university.

Tamás has recently built a Quantum Computing Optimization Lab, and such an effort was awarded by DARPA with a two million research grant. Due to his vision and research leadership, Lehigh is becoming part of the quantum computing revolution. 

His scholarly visibility and recognition have been at a peak with more than 15 plenary lectures and colloquia given since his chair service. He is truly an ambassador for Lehigh throughout the world.

The ISE Department Congratulates Tamás!