The Alan Goldman Lecture Series

The Alan Goldman Lecture Series in Operations Research was established in 1999 to honor the highly respected professor when he was named Professor Emeritus.


About Alan J. Goldman


Alan J. Goldman was an expert in operations research – the use of mathematics to improve decisions on the design and operation of complex systems – whose favorite application areas include facility siting, transportation systems, and mathematical game theory. Professor Goldman received his B.A. from Brooklyn College in mathematics and physics in 1952. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from Princeton University in 1954 and 1956, respectively. His dissertation area was topology, and the title of his dissertation is A Cech Theory of Fundamental Groups and Covering Spaces. From 1956 – 1961 he was an evening lecturer at American University and Catholic University of America, but his principal pre-Hopkins affiliation was with the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology), where he was founder and Chief of Operations Research and also Deputy Chief of Applied Mathematics. Goldman joined Hopkins in 1979; earned the status of Professor Emeritus in 1999 and continued to teach until his death in 2010.


Past Lectures

2020 – Rekha Thomas, University of Washington, Seattle – “Lifting for Simplicity: Concise Descriptions of Convex Sets” Goldman Lecture 11-19-2020(pdf) 

2019 – Jack Edmonds, “Matroids and Optimum Branching Systems” edmonds_goldman – slides

2019 – Gerard Cornuejols, Carnegie Mellon University – “Min-Max Relations for Packing and Covering”

2018 – Bill Cook, Johns Hopkins University

2016 – Jorge Nocedal, Northwestern University – “Stochastic Newton Methods for Machine Learning” goldman-lecture-slides

2015 – Daniel Bienstock, Columbia University – “Recent Results on Polynomial Optimization Problems”

2014 – Stephen Wright, University of Wisconsin-Madison – “The Revival of Coordinate Descent Methods” SLIDES – Video of Lecture

2013 – Michael Todd, Cornell University – “Exponential Gaps in Optimization Algorithms”

2013 – David Shmoys, Cornell University – “Improving Christofides’ Algorithm for the s-t Path Traveling Salesman Problem”

2011 – Dimitris Bertsimas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – “A Computationally Tractable Theory of Performance Analysis in Stochastic Systems”

2010 – Arthur Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College – “Combinatorial Trigonometry”

2009 – Richard Francis, University of Florida – “Aggregation Error for Location Models: Survey and Analysis”

2009 – Lisa Fleischer, Dartmouth University – “Submodular Approximation: Sampling-based Algorithms and lower Bounds”

2007 – Eva Tardos, Cornell University – “Games in Networks”

2006 – Christine Shoemaker, Cornell University – “Optimization, Calibration, and Uncertainty Analysis of Multimodal, Computationally Expensive Models with Environmental Applications”

2005 – George Nemhauser, Georgia Institute of Technology – “Scheduling an Air Taxi Service”

2004 – Karla Hoffman, George Mason University

2000 – Tom Magnanti, MIT

1999 – Alan J. Goldman, Johns Hopkins University – “Reflections and Translations”

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