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February 06, 2019

Operations Research Pioneer Egon Balas Publishes Disjunctive Programming Book

Egon Balas, University Professor of Industrial Administration and Applied Mathematics, The Thomas Lord Professor of Operations Research, recently published “Disjunctive Programming.” The book, published by Springer, explores the disjunctive programming analytical technique that Balas introduced in 1974.

Springer calls the text “The first and so far only book on this important subject.” Disjunctive programming is a modeling approach that takes advantage of the underlying logic structure of optimization problems. The method can be used to break down complex processes and build optimal models for decision-making in many fields, including management and operations, marketing, and finance.

Balas is a highly accomplished researcher in the field of applied mathematics and is considered a pioneer of integer programming. His storied career in operations research has produced over 250 technical papers with over 50 different coauthors from around the world. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Brussels and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Paris.

Among his many accolades, Balas was selected for the International Federation of Operational Research Societies hall of fame. He is a Member of the U.S. Academy of Engineering, and an External Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research has repeatedly been selected for awards by the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research.

Balas published his first book in 2000; a memoir titled, “Will to Freedom: A Perilous Journey Through Fascism and Communism,” detailing the social and political upheaval that shook Eastern Europe from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s and the role that he played in the conflict.