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Jeff Linderoth is a Professor and the chairperson of the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prof. Linderoth holds a courtesy appointment in the Computer Sciences department and as a Discovery Fellow in the Optimization Theme at the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery. Dr. Linderoth received his Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998. He was previous employed in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, with the optimization-based financial products firm of Axioma, and as an Assistant Professor at Lehigh University. His awards include an Early Career Award from the Department of Energy, the SIAM Activity Group on Optimization Prize, and the INFORMS Computing Society (ICS) Prize. He 2016, he was elected to membership as an INFORMS Fellow.

If you are an absolute glutton for punishment, you can read a (sure to be outdated) CV

Academic Lineage

My academic lineage can be traced all the way back to Euler, the Bernoullis, and Leibniz, which just goes to show how far the apple can fall from the tree after 15 generations or so.

Here is the lineage, courtesy of the great site The Mathematics Genealogy Project
Jeff Linderoth -> Martin Savelsbergh -> Jan Karel Lenstra -> Gijsbert de Leve Jan Hemelrijk -> David van Dantzig -> Bartel Leendert van der Waerden -> Hendrick de Vries -> Diederik Johannes Korteweg -> Johannes Diderik van der Waals -> Pieter (Petrus) Leonard (Leonardus) Rijke -> Pieter Johannes Uylenbroek-> Cornelius Ekama -> Antonius Chaudoir -> Jan Hendrik van Swinden -> Johann Friedrich Hennert -> Leonhard Euler -> Johann Bernoulli -> Jacob Bernoulli -> Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz -> Erhard Weigel

A few other interesting tidbits:

  • My (academic) great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was the Nobel-Prize winning physicist Johannes Diderik van der Waals.
  • My (academic) great, great, great, great, great grandfather Hendrick de Vries was also the thesis advisor of Max Euwe, the fifth world chess champion. I am sure that "Uncle Max" spins in his grave every time I push a piece.

    Just for fun

  • I like to think of myself as a cross between Newman and Angelina Jolie. (Courtesty of myheritage.com)
  • The proudest moment of my academic career occurred in 2010 when I was awarded the trophy for the Stochastic Programming Tennis Champion. (Thanks to Suvrajeet Sen for the blurry photo).