Thomas L. Magnanti


Brief Biography

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Thomas L. Magnanti was the 5th President of INFORMS and the 37th President of ORSA. He was the Founding President of the Singapore University of Technology and Design, a post he assumed in October 2009, and became President Emeritus in April 2018.  Under Magnanti’s leadership, the school admitted its first undergraduate class in 2012.

Dr. Magnanti has spent the greater part of his academic career at MIT where he is an Institute Professor and was formerly Dean of the School of Engineering (1997 -2007) and head of the Management Science area of the MIT Sloan School of Management. Magnanti was founding co-director of the Leaders for Manufacturing and Systems Design and Management Program and founding director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. He was Co-director of the MIT Operations Research Center from 1986 to 1998.

Professor Magnanti has devoted much of his professional career to education that combines engineering and management and to teaching and research in applied and theoretical aspects of large-scale optimization. He has conducted research on optimization theory and on such topics as production planning and scheduling, transportation planning, facility location, networks, logistics, and communication systems design. His 100 publications include co-authorship of two textbooks, Applied Mathematical Programming and Network Flows: Theory, Algorithms and Applications, and the co-editorship of two other books.

He is an inaugural Fellow of INFORMS (2002), a member of the National Academy of Engineering (1991) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2000). His awards include the Lanchester Prize (1993) and the George E. Kimball Medal (1994) and awards at MIT for educational innovations and distinguished service. He has served on the advisory boards and board of directors for several leading universities and corporations.

For several decades, Dr. Magnanti has been a strong, positive and enthusiastic force behind many of the ORSA’s and INFORMS changes and developments. As President of ORSA, he saw the need to improve the joint activities of ORSA and TIMS and convened the first joint meeting of both councils, the initial step in the eventual merger of ORSA and TIMS. As Chair of the ORSA Education and Student Affairs Committee, he proposed the concept of the Doctoral Student Colloquium. As President of INFORMS, he established a new meeting structure, with a single national meeting each year and the introduction of the INFORMS Practice meeting. And, as Editor of Operations Research, Dr. Magnanti addressed and solved the challenge of how to make ORSA’s flagship journal more accessible and readable.

Other Biographies

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Thomas L. Magnanti (2018) ~ Free Social Encyclopedia for the World (link


BA (Chemical Engineering) Syracuse University 1967

MS (Statistics) Stanford University 1969

MS (Mathematics) Stanford University 1971

PhD (Operations Research) Stanford University 1972 (Mathematics Genealogy)


Academic Affiliations

Key Interests in OR/MS

Application Areas

Oral Histories

Thomas Magnanti (2010) Interview by Lawrence Gallagher. April 6, 2010. Video. The MIT 150 Infinite Oral History Project. (video and transcript)

Awards and Honors

Doctor (hon.) Linköping University in Sweden, the University of Montreal, University Catholique Louvain in Belgium and the Technion in Israel.

Member, National Academy of Engineering (1991)

Lanchester Prize (1993)

George E. Kimball Medal (1994)

Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2000)

Fellow of INFORMS (2002)

Professional Service

President, ORSA (1997)

President, TIMS (1999)

Selected Publications

Ahuja R. K., Magnanti T. L. & Orlin J. B. (1993) Network Flows: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications Upper Saddle River NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. 

Aashtiani H. Z. & Magnanti T. L. (1981) Equilibria on a Conguested Transportation Network.  SIAM Journal on Algebraic and Discrete Methods  vol 2 no 3 September 1981 

Balakrishnan A., Magnanti T. L. & Wong R. T. (1989) A Dual-ascent Procedure for Large-scale Uncapacitated Network Design. Operations Research 37(5):716-740. Sept-Oct 1989

Ball M. O., Magnanti T. L., Monma C. L. & Nemhauser G. L. (1995) Network Routing 

Bradley S. P., Hax A. C. & Wong R. T. (1977) Applied Mathematical Programming Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company

Golden B. L., Magnanti T. L. & Nguyen H. Q. (1977) Implementing Vehicle Routing Algorithms Networks 7: 113-148

Magnanti T. L. (1981) Combinatorial Optimization and Vehicle Fleet Planning: Perspectives and Prospects. Networks 11: 178-213

Magnanti T. L. Mrchandani P. & Vachani R. (1995) Modeling and Solving the Two-facility Capacitated Network Loading Problem Operations Research 43(1): 142-157 Jan-Feb 1995

Magnanti T. L. & Wolsey L. A. (1995) Optimal Trees.  In Ball M. O. et al (eds.) Network Models. Handbooks in Operations Research and Management Science, pp. 503-615 North-Holland 

Magnanti T. L. & Wong R. T. (1981) Accelerating Benders Decomposition: Algorithmic Enhancement and Model Selection Criteria Operations Research 29(3):464-484 May-June 1981

Magnanti T. L. & Wong R. T. (1984) Network Design and Transportation Planning: Models and Algorithms. Transportation Science 18(1):1-55 February 1984