Program Director for the Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization (ACO) PhD Program

Atlanta, Georgia, United States Full-time

The Georgia Institute of Technology and The Office of the Provost invites applications and nominations for the position of

Program Director of the ACO PhD Program. 

ACO Program Overview

The ACO Program at Georgia Tech is a multidisciplinary Ph.D. program sponsored by the School of Computer Science (CS), the School of Mathematics (SoM), and the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE). The Program’s creation in 1990 was motivated by what at the time was a fertile and rapidly growing area of research dealing, broadly speaking, with discrete mathematical structures. In particular, activities directly related to the fields of combinatorics, combinatorial optimization, and the analysis of algorithms were evolving in ways where it was evident that impactful progress in each of these disciplines was increasingly influenced, indeed facilitated, by knowledge in all of them. The program as a whole is stronger than the sum of its component parts.  The technical foundation of the ACO area is at the intersection of mathematics, computer science and optimization in engineering. However its strength and differentiation from these three supporting disciplines lies in the unique opportunity to rapidly enhance advances in any one of algorithms, combinatorics and optimization with insights or applications from the other two domains.  The program routinely attracts and admits students of exceptionally high caliber, and its graduates have secured prestigious positions in academia and industry.


Position Scope and Responsibilities

The ACO Program Director reports to the Provost and provides program leadership and oversight including serving as the chair of the coordinating committee and providing operational program management.  The ACO coordinating committee is responsible for admission to the Program, determining the outcome of the Program's doctoral examinations, and the monitoring of the progress of all the Program's students. The committee also maintains and approves the list of Program Faculty and is responsible for reviewing the academic requirements for the degree and formulating recommendations concerning any needed changes.  Program management responsibilities include budgeting, administration of the Program’s doctoral examination, coordination with the three sponsoring colleges, visibility of the program, and coordinating external visitors and lecturers.


Position Qualifications

Applications will be accepted from tenured members of the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Applicants should have a strong record of scholarship in the target fields of the ACO Program, as well as evidence of success in administrative leadership roles. The ideal candidate will be familiar with issues in higher education, be an intellectual leader among the faculty, an energetic and conscientious administrator and will demonstrate a commitment to inclusion and diversity.


More information about the Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization program can be found at


Georgia Tech is a top-ranked public research university situated in the heart of Atlanta, a diverse and vibrant city with great economic and cultural strengths. The Institute is a member of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance, and the Association of American Universities. Georgia Tech prides itself on its technology resources, collaborations, high-quality student body, and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Georgia Tech has policies to promote a healthy work-life balance and is aware that attracting faculty may require meeting the needs of two careers.

Nominations and Applications

All inquiries should be directed in confidence to the search committee chair:

Bonnie H. Ferri

Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development

Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Complete applications should include:

  • Cover letter that outlines the applicant’s vision for the future of the ACO program over the next 10-15 years, including the role of the program in relation to other graduate programs at Georgia Tech and any suggestions on program, organization, or process changes.
  • Full and current Curriculum Vitae


While applications and nominations will be received until the ACO Program Director is selected,

interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials no later than January 20, 2019 to

assure full consideration.