Clemson IE is proud to announce that PhD candidate Leonardo Lozano has been hired by the University of Cincinnati (UC) as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems.
Lozano is from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and will complete his dissertation work with Dr. Cole Smith this summer. His dissertation work is entitled “Exact algorithms for mixed-integer multilevel programming problems,” and has already produced papers that will appear in Operations Research, INFORMS Journal on Computing, and Operations Research Letters. At UC, Lozano will teach courses on deterministic optimization to both undergraduate and graduate students. He will have the opportunity to continue pursuing his research interests that focus on theory, methodology, and algorithms in combinatorial optimization, multilevel programming, and network flows, with a particular interest in decomposition techniques for large-scale optimization problems. His work has important applications in areas such as vehicle routing, scheduling, homeland security, survivable network design, and pricing in competitive markets (e.g., natural gas, electricity).
Lozano is ultimately interested in developing exact solution algorithms for broad classes of multilevel optimization problems. He hopes try to extrapolate the results obtained from the multistage setting to single-level combinatorial optimization problems. In particular, Lozano plans to study decomposition schemes for large-scale multilevel programs in which the last stage is nonconvex, with a particular interest in application domains such as transportation systems and homeland security.