Dr. Tamás Terlaky
President & Co-Founder
Dr. Terlaky is a George N. and Soteria Kledaras ’87 Endowed Chair Professor Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Lehigh University. He was also the Chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Lehigh University, 2008 – 2017. An international leader in process and service system optimization, he has been awarded the INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize in 2017, and the IISE Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering in 2019.
Dr. Terlaky has published four books, edited over ten books and journal special issues and published over 160 research papers. Topics include theoretical and algorithmic foundations of operations research (e.g., invention of the criss-cross method), design and analysis of large classes of interior point methods, computational optimization, worst case examples of the central path, nuclear reactor core reloading optimization, oil refinery and VLSI design optimization and robust radiation therapy treatment optimization.
Dr. Terlaky is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Optimization and Engineering. He has served as associate editor of eight journals and has served as conference chair, conference organizer, and distinguished invited speaker at conferences all over the world. He is a former Chair of INFORMS’ Optimization Society, Chair of the ICCOPT Steering Committee of the Mathematical Optimization Society, and Vice President of INFORMS. He is Fellow of the Fields Institute, SIAM, INFORMS, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. His research interest includes high performance optimization methods, optimization modeling and optimization problems in engineering sciences.
Dr. Mohammad Shahabsafa
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Shahabsafa is a national leader in optimizing business processes in corrections.
Mohammad earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is the CEO of Optamo and has been working in support of the corrections industry for over 10 years.
As part of his Ph.D. research, Mohammad developed the Inmate Assignment Decision Support System, which optimizes the assignment of inmates to correctional institutions and schedules treatment programs for inmates.
Mohammad has been awarded the INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize in 2017 and the IISE Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering in 2019 for developing the Inmate Assignment Decision Support System. As the CEO of Optamo, he has led the implementation of the inmate assignment and scheduling projects in Pennsylvania and Georgia.
Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Sharma is a national leader in optimizing business processes in corrections. He is deeply committed to social and economic transformation and social inclusion through technology. He leverages his technical knowledge and skills to develop software solutions to help governments function effectively. Anshul has an in-depth knowledge in developing software solutions for government agencies. Anshul wrote his master’s thesis on optimizing inmate transportation within the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Anshul has been awarded the INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize in 2017 and the IISE Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering in 2019 for developing the Inmate Assignment Decision Support System.