Ariela Sofer                                                                           George Mason University

Ariela Sofer is Professor and Chair of the Systems Engineering and Operations Research (SEOR) Department at George Mason University. She received the B.Sc. in mathematics, and the M.Sc. in operations research from the Technion in Israel. She received the D.Sc. degree in operations research from the George Washington University in 1984.  Dr. Sofer joined Mason in 1984 and has been Chair of SEOR since January 2002. Her major areas of interest are nonlinear programming, numerical optimization, and optimization in medical applications. She has also been involved in various airport design problems. Dr. Sofer is currently secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). She has served as Vice President for Sections and Societies of The Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), and as President of the Association of Chairs of Operations Research Departments (ACORD). She has also served as Chair of the INFORMS Computing Society and as Secretary/ Treasurer of the SIAM Special Interest Group on Optimization SIAG/OPT. She is a member of the editorial board of the SEBoK Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge. She has served as Associate Editor of the Operations Research Journal, and for Management Science, and a member of the editorial Board of MOS-SIAM Book Series on Optimization. She was co-chair of the SIAM Conference on Optimization held in 2002 in Toronto Canada, and co-chair of the 3rd International Conference on Model-Based Systems Engineering held in Fairfax, Virginia, 2010. She has been affiliated with the Simulation Group in the Department of Radiology, at Georgetown University Medical Center. She is coauthor of the textbook "Linear and Nonlinear Optimization", published by SIAM Books in 2008 (and in an earlier edition by McGraw Hill, 1996).

Books and Edited Volumes
Linear and Nonlinear Optimization, SIAM Books, 2008 (with Stephen G. Nash and Igor Griva).
Linear and Nonlinear Programming, McGraw Hill, 1996 (with Stephen G. Nash).
The Impact of Emerging Technologies on Computer Science and Operations Research  (with Stephen G. Nash, eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995.
Compuatational Approaches to Medical and Life Sciences Applications   Annals of Operations Research Volume 119 (with Eva Lee, eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, March 2003.
Operations Research in Medicine: Computing and Optimization in Medicine and Life Sciences,   Annals of Operations Research Volume 148 (with Eva Lee, eds.), Springer Netherlands. 2007

Selected Recent Articles 
Bradford J Wood, Julia K Locklin, Anand Viswanathan, Jochen Kruecker, Dieter Haemmerich, Juan Cebral, Ariela Sofer, Ruida Cheng, Evan McCreedy, Kevin Cleary, Matthew J McAuliffe, Neil Glossop, Jeff Yanof Technologies for guidance of radiofrequency ablation in the multimodality interventional suite of the future, in J Vasc Interv Radiol. Jan 2007 (Vol. 18, Issue 1 Pt 1, Pages 9-24)
A. Sofer, J. Zeng, and S. K. Mun, Optimal Biopsy Protocols for Prostate Cancer, in Annals of OR Vol 119, pp. 63-74, 2003
Pritchard WJ, Wood BJ, Cebral JR, Lutz RJ, Sofer A, Wary-Cahen D, Perkowski D, Ashby A, Soto O, Hilbert S, Karanian JW, "Development of In Vivo, Bench and Computational Models that Predict Safety and Failure Modes of Clinical Thermal Ablation", Proc. FDA 2003 Science Forum, Washington DC, April 24-25, 2003.
A. Sofer, J. Zeng Optimed Needle Biopsy Strategies for Prostate Cancer Detection, in Biocomputing (P.M Pardalos, J. Principe, eds) pp. 45-61, 2002
C.A. Johnson and A. Sofer, A Primal-Dual Method for Large-Scale Image Reconstruction in Emission Tomography in SIAM Journal on Optimization, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 691-715, 2001
J. Zeng, J.J. Bauer, A. Sofer, X. Yao, B. Opell, W. Zhang, I.A. Sestrehenn, J.W. Moul, J. Lynch and and S.K. Mun, Distribution of Prostate Cancer for Optimized Biopsy Protocol, in Proceedings, Third International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI), Springer Verlag, 2000, pp. 287--296
C.A. Johnson, J. Seidel and A. Sofer, Interior-Point Methodology for 3-D PET Reconstruction, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Vol 19, No. 4, pp. 271-285, 2000.

Professional Activities
Member of the International Electrotechnical Commission IEC/TC97 Committee, charged with development of international standards for configuration, maintenance and safety of aeronautical ground lighting systems. 
Secretary/Treasurer of the SIAM Special Interest Group on Optimization SIAG/OPT (1997-2000)
General Chairman of the Computer Science Technical Section Conference, Williamsburg, VA 1994. 
Served as Treasurer of the Washington Operations Research and Management Science Council and a Council Member for the Computer Science Technical Section of ORSA. 

OR 641 , Fall 2011, Linear Programming
OR 644 , Spring 2010, Nonlinear Programming

Dr. Sofer has consulted for Intelsat and the National Institute of Standards. She was the Reliability/ Maintainability Program Manager in the development of a contingency airfield lighting system for the U.S. Air Force. She has been involved in airport design projects and studies in several airports including Washington Dulles, Boston Logan, Hong Kong, Salt Lake City, Lajos Azores, Misawa AFB

Other Engineering Activities

Ariela Sofer
Professor and Chair
SEOR Dept., MS4A6
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030