Thomas Magnanti is President of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), one of fourteen Institute Professors at MIT, and a former Dean of MIT’s School of Engineering.
He formerly headed one third of the MIT Sloan School of Management, and led several programs including, as the founding co-director, MIT’s Leaders for Manufacturing (now Leaders for Global Operations) and System Design and Management Programs and, as founding director, the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). Professor Magnanti formerly served as president of three professional societies and editor of a major journal in his field. He has also served on a number of university, corporate and government boards and councils, on the editorial or advisory boards of several journals.
His technical expertise is in large-scale optimization and its applications in telecommunications, transportation, production planning and scheduling, and logistics. He is the co-author of two textbooks (Applied Mathematical Programming and Network Flows) and numerous research articles.
At SUTD, he has been leading the development of a university, whose mission is to advance knowledge and nurture technically-grounded leaders and innovators to serve societal needs, through a focus on Design and an integrated multi-disciplinary curriculum and multi-disciplinary research.
Professor Magnanti has received a number of research and educational awards and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He earned an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University, as well as Masters’ degrees in Statistics and in Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Operations Research, all from Stanford University. In addition, he holds honorary degrees from four universities.