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 and Systems Engineers (IISE). She is the incoming Academic Director of the
International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). 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
Treasurer of the
SIAM Special Interest Group on Optimization
She is a member of the editorial
board of the
SEBoK Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge.
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). She was named as an INFORMS Fellow, class of 2016.
and Nonlinear Optimization, SIAM Books, 2008 (with Stephen G. Nash and Igor Griva).
and Nonlinear Programming, McGraw Hill, 1996 (with Stephen G. Nash).
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