Hello! I’m an assistant professor in the Integrated Systems Engineering department at the Ohio State University; I am also a core faculty member of the Sustainability Institute.  I work on optimization algorithms: in simple terms, leveraging computers and mathematics to help make better decisions.


BASc in Industrial (Systems) Engineering in 2010 from the University of Toronto, and PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in 2015 from the University of California, Berkeley. I was a postdoctoral research scientist in the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research department at Columbia University from 2015 to 2017.


My research focuses on the design and implementation of optimization methods for polynomial optimization and mixed-integer nonlinear programming problems. I am interested in problems involving complex systems with nonlinear features, particularly as it may pertain to problems of sustainability and resilience. My main application for polynomial optimization is optimal power flow, as well as related power systems problems. I am also investigating the use of integer programming in statistical learning: in variable selection problems, and in the design and training of neural networks.

Current PhD Students

Milad Dehghani Filabadi, PhD Candidate

Yongzheng Dai, PhD Candidate

Pavan Etha, PhD student

Past Advisees

Xinliang (Frederick) Zhang (BS 2021), Position: PhD @ University of Michigan, CSE

Wenqi Kou (BS 2020), Position: M.Eng. @ University of California, Berkeley, IEOR




Chen Chen, Assistant Professor

Department of Integrated Systems Engineering

The Ohio State University

244 Baker Systems Engineering Building

1971 Neil Ave

Columbus, OH 43210