Katya Scheinberg

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Katya Scheinberg
EducationMoscow State University
Columbia University (PhD, 1997)
Scientific career
Fieldsapplied mathematics
InstitutionsCornell University
Doctoral advisorDonald Goldfarb

Katya Scheinberg is a Russian-American applied mathematician known for her research in continuous optimization and particularly in derivative-free optimization. She works at Cornell University and is a professor in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering.

Education and career[edit]

Scheinberg was born in Moscow.[1] She completed a bachelor's and master's degree in computational mathematics and cybernetics at Moscow State University in 1992,[2] and earned a Ph.D. in operations research at Columbia University in 1997. Her dissertation, Issues Related to Interior Point Methods for Linear and Semidefinite Programming, was supervised by Donald Goldfarb.[2][3]

Scheinberg worked for IBM Research at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center from 1997 until 2009. After working as a research scientist at Columbia University and as an adjunct faculty member at New York University, she joined the Lehigh faculty in 2010. In July of 2019, she moved to Cornell to join the faculty in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering.

Scheinberg has been editor-in-chief of the SIAM-MOS Book Series on Optimization since 2014, and was the editor of Optima, the newsletter of the Mathematical Programming Society, from 2011 to 2013.[2] She is part of Google Research Visiting Researcher Program.[4]


Scheinberg works on the intersection of optimization and machine learning, in particular on kernel support vector machines.[5]

With Andrew R. Conn and Luís Nunes Vicente, Scheinberg authored the book Introduction to Derivative Free Optimization (SIAM Press, 2008).[6][7]


Scheinberg became Wagner Professor at Lehigh in 2014.[2] In 2015, with Conn and Vicente, she won the Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization of the Mathematical Optimization Society and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics for their book. The Prize citation wrote that "A small sampling of the direct impact of their work is seen in aerospace engineering, urban transport systems, adaptive meshing for partial differential equations, and groundwater remediation."[8][9] In 2019, Professor Scheinberg was awarded the Farkas Prize by the Optimization Society in the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.[10][11] This is award is given to the "mid-career researcher for outstanding contributions to the field of optimization".


  1. ^ Katya Scheinberg, Lehigh University, retrieved 2018-12-14
  2. ^ a b c d Curriculum vitae (PDF), retrieved 2018-12-14
  3. ^ Katya Scheinberg at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ "Katya Scheinberg". Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  5. ^ "Unifying statistics, computer science, and applied mathematics". Lehigh University. 2017-08-28. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  6. ^ Andrew R. Conn, Katya Scheinberg, Luis N. Vicente (2009). Introduction to Derivative-Free Optimization. Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. doi:10.1137/1.9780898718768. ISBN 978-0-89871-668-9. Retrieved 2020-10-13.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Reviews of Introduction to Derivative Free Optimization:
  8. ^ Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, retrieved 2018-12-14
  9. ^ 2015 Lagrange Prize Citation, Mathematical Optimization Society, retrieved 2018-12-14
  10. ^ "Katya Scheinberg". Center for Statistics and Machine Learning, Princeton University. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  11. ^ "Katya Scheinberg is selected as the winner of the 2019 INFORMS Optimization Society Farkas Prize". INFORMS Optimization. Retrieved 2020-10-13.

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