Thought Leadership

Dimitris Bertsimas teaching a student

Dimitris Bertsimas

is the Boeing Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management, a Professor of Operations Research, and the Co-Director of the Operations Research Center at MIT. Bertsimas is SilkRoute’s Chief Scientist and is the driving force behind SilkRoute’s cutting edge machine learning algorithms and predictive analytics technology.

A faculty member since 1988, his research interests include optimization, stochastic systems, data mining, and their application. In recent years, he has worked in robust optimization, supply chain, healthcare, and finance. Bertsimas was a cofounder of Dynamic Ideas, LLC, which developed portfolio management tools for asset management. In 2002, the assets of Dynamic Ideas were sold to American Express. 

Bertsimas has co-authored more than 110 scientific papers and the following books:Introduction to Linear Optimization (with J. Tsitsiklis, Athena Scientific and Dynamic Ideas, 2008); Data, Models, and Decisions (with R. Freund, Dynamic Ideas, 2004); and Optimization over Integers (with R. Weismantel, Dynamic Ideas, 2005). He is currently department editor of Optimization for Management Science and former area editor of Operations Research in Financial Engineering. Bertsimas has supervised 40 doctoral students and is now supervising 10 others. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he has received numerous research awards, including the Farkas Prize (2008), the Erlang Prize (1996), the SIAM Prize in Optimization (1996), the Bodossaki Prize (1998), and the Presidential Young Investigator Award (1991–1996).

Bertsimas holds a BS in electrical engineering and computer science from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, as well as an MS in operations research and a PhD in applied mathematics and operations research from MIT.