Thomas L. Magnanti

Thomas L. Magnanti
Born 1945 (age 7071)
Nationality American
Fields Operations Research, Management
Institutions Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
Alma mater Stanford University (MS, MS, PhD)
Syracuse University (BS)
Known for Dean of MIT School of Engineering
Notable awards Frederick W. Lanchester Prize (1993)

Thomas L. Magnanti (born 1945) is an American engineer and Institute Professor and former Dean of the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Magnanti is currently President of the Singapore University of Technology and Design established in collaboration with MIT.


Magnanti received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University (1967) and master's degrees in both Statistics (1969) and Mathematics (1971) from Stanford University, where he also received his doctorate in Operations Research (1972).[1]

Dr. Magnanti is Institute Professor and former Dean of the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served on thesis committees for approximately 70 doctoral students, supervising over 25. He became the president of Singapore's fourth university, Singapore University of Technology and Design in 2011.[2]

Magnanti has been Editor-in-Chief of the journal Operations Research.[3]

Magnanti is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was a founding co-director of MIT's Leaders for Manufacturing Program (now the Leaders for Global Operations program) and the System Design and Management (MIT) program.[4] He is a past President of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) and of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).[5]

He has received honorary doctorates from Linköping University, the Université de Montréal, and the Université Catholique de Louvain. He has also won the MIT Billard Award and ORSA George E. Kimball Medal for distinguished service.[6]


Magnanti's teaching and research interests are in applied and theoretical aspects of large-scale optimization and operations research, specifically on the theory and application of large-scale optimization, particularly in the areas of network flows, nonlinear programming, and combinatorial optimization. He has conducted research on such topics as production planning and scheduling, transportation planning, facility location, logistics, and communication systems design. He is also known for pioneering an educational philosophy that combines engineering and management.[7]

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