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George B. Dantzig Prize

The prize honors George B. Dantzig for his contributions to operations research and computer science. The prize is awarded every three years to one or more individuals for original research which by its originality, breadth, and depth is having a major impact on the field of mathematical optimization.

Next Call for Nominations Opens: May 1, 2026

Prize Description


Prize Description

The George B. Dantzig Prize is awarded ever three years to one or more individuals for original research which by its originality, breadth, and depth is having a major impact on the field of mathematical optimization. MOS administers the prize and it is awarded jointly by MOS and SIAM.


Eligibility Criteria

The George B. Dantzig Prize may be awarded to any member of the scientific community who meets the general guideline of the prize description. The contribution(s) for which the award is made must be publicly available and may belong to any aspect of mathematical optimization in its broadest sense.


Required Materials

  • Nominator’s letter of recommendation for candidate
  • CV of the candidate

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The award will be presented at the 25th International Symposium on Mathematical Programming (ISMP 2024) in Montréal, Canada.


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Prize Details

Prize Details

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Selection Committee

Selection Committee

Chair

Michael Hintermueller
Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics

Members

Nicholas Gould
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Andrea Lodi
École Polytechnique de Montréal
Cynthia Phillips
Sandia National Laboratories

About the Award


About the George B. Dantzig Prize


The George B. Dantzig Prize includes a monetary award and a certificate containing the citation. The recipient will be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony.

Award Date

The George B. Dantzig Prize will next be awarded at the 2024 International Symposium on Mathematical Programming.


Award Presentation

The award is presented at the International Symposium on Mathematical Programming (ISMP), except every third award where it is presented at the SIAM Annual Meeting. The Chair of MOS or the SIAM President will announce the award, read the citation, and present the certificate to the recipient. The announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News, the SIAM website, and appropriate electronic media.


Award Fund

The initial funds for this award are contributed by the students, friends, colleagues, and family of George B. Dantzig.

Prize History



Prize History

Citation

The George B. Dantzig Prize is awarded to Hedy Attouch for his fundamental contributions to modern variational analysis and nonsmooth optimization, including new notions of variational convergence, the introduction of novel topologies for the study of quantitative stability of variational systems, and their application in algorithm design and analysis, dynamical systems and partial differential equations.

Selection Committee

Jorge Nocedal (Chair)
Michael Hintermueller
Monique Laurent
Jong-Shi Pang

Citation

The George B. Dantzig Prize is awarded to Michel Goemans for his outstanding contributions to the field of combinatorial optimization; most notably, the initiation of new research directions, introduction of novel and deep techniques, and ingenious use of sampling, rounding, and geometric ideas to significantly advance several fields, including the pioneering use of semi-definite programming for the design of approximation algorithms.

Selection Committee

Jorge Nocedal (Chair)
Michael Hintermueller
Monique Laurent
Jong-Shi Pang

Selection Committee

Gerard Cornuejols (Chair)
Monique Laurent
Jorge Nocedal
Michael Overton

Citation

Dimitri Bertsekas has been a leading force in optimization over many years. He has made highly original and fundamental contributions to dynamic programming, analysis and development of augmented Lagrangian methods, auction and relaxation methods for linear network optimization, deterministic and stochastic techniques in systems and control, first-order methods, parallel and distributed optimization, and several other areas. He has also been involved in applications of optimization to energy production systems and data network communications. Through scholarly papers, research monographs, and textbooks, his work has influenced several generations of optimization researchers, and continues to have a major impact on the field.

Selection Committee

Margaret H. Wright (Chair)
John Birge
Laurence Wolsey
Stephen J. Wright

Citation

Jorge Nocedal has made fundamental contributions to the theory of nonlinear optimization methods, has developed new algorithms that expand the range of efficiently solvable optimization models, and has created widely distributed software that enables new developments in numerous application areas.

Selection Committee

John R. Birge (Chair)
Gerard P. Cornuejols
Yurii E. Nesterov
Eva Tardos

Citation

Laurence Wolsey has been one of the most influential scholars in the field of mathematical optimization, contributing significantly to foundational understanding of the geometry of mixed integer programs, to duality theory in discrete optimization, and to the development of effective new methods for a variety of applications, particularly in production planning and scheduling.

Selection Committee

John R. Birge (Chair)
Gerard P. Cornuejols
Yurii E. Nesterov
Eva Tardos

Selection Committee

Jong-Shi Pang (Chair)
Yurii E. Nesterov
Alexander Schrijver
Eva Tardos

Selection Committee

Robert E. Bixby (Chair)
Arkadi S. Nemirovski
Jong-Shi Pang
Alexander Schrijver

Selection Committee

William H. Cunningham (Chair)
Emeritus Olvi Mangasaria
Laurence A. Wolsey

2000 Yurii Nesterov
1997 Stephen Robinson
1997 Roger Fletcher
1994 Claude Lemarechal
1994 Roger Wets
1991 Martin Groetschel
1991 Arkadi Nemirovski
1988 Michael J. Todd
1985 Ellis L. Johnson
1982 Michael J. D. Powell
1982 R. T. Rockafellar

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