Karla Hoffman

Karla L. Hoffman received her B.A. in Mathematics from Rutgers University in 1969, and an M.B.A. and Doctor of Science in Operations Research from George Washington University in 1971 and 1975, respectively. She if a Full Professor in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department and served as Chair of the department for five years ending in 2001. Previously, she worked as a mathematician in the Operations Department of the Center for Applied Mathematics of the National Institute of Standards and Technology where she served as a consultant to a variety of government agencies. Dr. Hoffman has many publications in the fields of auction theory and optimization as well as a variety of publications detailing her applied work. She is on multiple editorial boards, and is Past-President of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). She was inducted as a Fellow of INFORMS in 2002. She is currently on the Administrative Council of the International Federation of Operations Research Societies (IFORS).  In 2005, she was awarded the Kimball Medal for her many contributions to the field of operations research, and for her distinguished service to INFORMS and its predecessor organizations. She led a team of operations researchers who worked on auction work for the FCC that won the prestigious 2019 Edelman Prize for Best Application of Operations Research.  During 1995- 1996, she served as Treasurer of INFORMS, and chaired the Finance and Investment Committees of INFORMS. She has previously been on the Executive Committees of the Mathematical Programming Society and the Operations Research Society of America and has chaired various committees for each of these societies. Dr. Hoffman’s primary area of research is combinatorial optimization and combinatorial auction design as well software development and testing. She has developed scheduling algorithms for the airline and trucking industries, developed capital budgeting software for the telecommunications industry, and consults to the Federal Communications Commission on combinatorial auction design and software development.