Department of Systems and Computer Engineering
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John W. Chinneck: Biography

John W. Chinneck is a professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering. His degrees are from the University of Waterloo in Systems Design Engineering (BASc 1977, MASc 1978, PhD 1983).

Professor Chinneck conducts research in the general area of applied optimization, including various applications in engineering. He has a special interest in the development of computer tools that assist in the formulation and analysis of very large and complex optimization models. His algorithms for the analysis of infeasible linear programs have been incorporated in many commercial linear programming solvers, including LINDO, CPLEX, XPRESS-MP, Frontline Systems Excel solvers, and IBM's OSL. Two of his computer programs are available elsewhere on this site: MProbe for analyzing the "shape" of arbitrary nonlinear functions of high dimension, and MINOS(IIS) for analyzing infeasibility in linear programs.

He is a member of the advisory board and former Editor-in-Chief (2007-2012) of the INFORMS Journal on Computing, which covers the interface between Operations Research and Computer Science, a member of the editorial board for the journal Constraints, and a past member of the editorial board for Computational Management Science.  He is a past Chair (2005-2007) of the INFORMS Computing Society. He is an Associate Member of the Montreal-based Group for Research in Decision Analysis (GERAD).

Professor Chinneck has several years of consulting experience including co-founding and operating a multi-person consulting engineering practice (Enermodal Engineering Limited). Experience also includes a stint as an energy conservation engineer for a large integrated steel manufacturer.

Professor Chinneck was awarded a Scholarly Achievement Award in 1988 by Carleton University, a Research Achievement Award in 1995 by Carleton University, an IBM Faculty Award in 2006, and an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement in 2014. In 2017 he was given the Harvey J. Greenberg Service Award, and the CORS Award of Merit.

He was the Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Engineering and Design (2003-2006), the Chair of the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering (2000-2001), Associate Chair of Systems and Computer Engineering (1997-1999 and 2001-2006), and the Associate Dean (Planning) for the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (2009-2010).  He has also served on the Senate (1997-1999) and the Board of Governors (2007-2010) for Carleton University.

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