Research Team

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

Helen Keller


The team! The team! The team! (August 2023)

PhD students
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Wanping Dong

Wanping Dong joined the department of Industrial, Operations, and Engineering at the University of Michigan in 2022 and is expected to graduate in 2027. Before that, she received her undergraduate degree in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Peking University. Her research interest is designing and analyzing algorithms for solving optimization problems related to machine learning.

Jiahao Shi Headshot
Jiahao Shi

Jiahao Shi is a PhD candidate expected to graduate in 2025 in the department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. Before joining IOE, he received the bachelor’s degree in the school of Mathematics at the Shandong University and the master’s degree in the department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the Johns Hopkins University. He is interested in stochastic optimization, derivative-free optimization, and machine learning. His research is motivated by solving real-world optimization problems. He is currently working on constrained stochastic optimization and adaptive stochastic optimization algorithms. (website)


Master’s students
Chengyue Zhang Headshot
Chengyue Zhang

Chengyue Zhang is a Master’s student in IOE at the University of Michigan. She was an undergraduate student in the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiaotong University Dual Degree program. She majored in Industrial and Operations Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. She is interested in optimization algorithms and application of optimization methods in real-life problems.


Undergraduate students
  • Colin Badgero (IOE)
  • David Lee (ECE, Princeton University)
  • Nikhil Satpathy (IOE)
  • Simon Vasquez (IOE)

Former Students and Postdocs (chronological order)

  • Baoyu Zhou (2023-2024): University of Michigan (Postdoc, IOE)
    • First position: Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence, Arizona State University
  • Oluwakemi Johnson (2022-2024): University of Michigan (Undergraduate, IOE)
    • First position: PhD in Engineering Education Research, University of Michigan
  • Lauren Brideau (2023-2024): University of Michigan (Undergraduate, IOE)
    • First position: Operations Consultant Associate, PWC
  • Congyan Song (2023-2024): University of Michigan (Undergraduate, Honor Mathematics & Data Science & Statistics)
    • First position: PhD in Computer Science, Georgia Tech
  • Tunan Wang (2022-2023): University of Michigan (Master’s, Statistics)
    • First position: PhD in Computer Science, University of Wiscosin-Madison
  • Zhiyuan Sun (2022-2023): University of Michigan (Undergraduate, Mathematics and Computer Science)
    • First position: PhD in Decisions Operations and Technology Management, Anderson School of Management, UCLA
  • Zihong Yi (2020-2023): University of Michigan (Undergraduate, Mathematics and Computer Science)
    • First position: PhD in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Xiaoyi Qu (2020-2022): University of Michigan (Undergraduate, Mathematics)
    • First position: PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Lehigh University
  • Virginia Artigot (2022): University of Michigan (Undergraduate, IOE)
    • First position: Masters in Industrial Engineering, Universidad Pontificia Comillas
  • Samir Agarwala (2021): University of Michigan (Undergraduate, Computer Science)
    • First position: Masters in Computer Science, Stanford University
  • Kai Liu (2020-2021): University of Michigan (Master’s)
  • Jiannan Xu (2020-2021): University of Michigan (Master’s)
    • First position: PhD in Operations Management/Management Science, University of Maryland
  • Majid Jahani (2018-2021): Lehigh University (PhD)
    • First position: Senior AI Scientist, Target
  • Liyuan Cao (2018-2020): Lehigh University (PhD)
    • First position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research, Peking University
  • Oumaima Sohab (2018-2020): Lehigh University (PhD)
  • Ved Patel (2018-2020): Lehigh University (Master’s)
    • First position: Data Scientist, Coupa Software
  • Sudeep Metha (2018-2020): Lehigh University (Master’s)
    • First position: Data Scientist, CVS Health
  • Sergey Rusakov (2018-2019): Lehigh University (PhD)
  • Zheng Shi (2018-2019): Lehigh University (PhD)
    • First position: Data Scientist, IBM