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Aharon Ben-Tal is a Professor of Operations Research at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University in 1973. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, University of Copenhagen, Delft University of Technology, MIT and CWI Amsterdam, Columbia and NYU. His interests are in Continuous Optimization, particularly nonsmooth and large-scale problems, conic and robust optimization, as well as convex and nonsmooth analysis. In recent years the focus of his research is on optimization problems affected by uncertainty; he is one if the founders of the Robust Optimization methodology to address these problems. In the last 20 years he has devoted much effort to engineering applications of optimization methodology and computational schemes. Some of the algorithms developed in the MINERVA Optimization Center are in use by Industry (Medical Imaging, Aerospace). He has published over 135 papers in professional journals and co-authored three books. Prof. Ben-Tal was Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion (1989-1992) and (2011-2014). He served in the editorial board of all major OR/Optimization journals. He gave numerous plenary and keynote lectures in international conferences.

In 2007 Professor Ben-Tal was awarded the EURO Gold Medal - the highest distinction of Operations Research within Europe.

In 2009 he was named Fellow of INFORMS.

In 2015 he was named Fellow of SIAM.

In 2016 he was awarded by INFORMS the Khachiyan Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the area of Optimization.

In 2017, the Operation Research Society of Israel (ORSIS) awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Prize.

As of April 2023, his work has over 34,000 citations (Google scholar).

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