On April 14th, the GERAD executive board officially announced Guy Desaulniers (Polytechnique Montréal) as director of the GERAD from May 1st, 2015 to April 30th 2019.
After obtaining a B.A. and a Master's degree in applied mathematics from the Université de Montréal in 1987 and 1989, Guy Desaulniers completed a Ph.D. in mathematics at Polytechnique Montréal in 1993. Then, from 1993 to 2000, he was, in turn, a professor at Royal Military College Saint-Jean, a post-doctoral student and associate researcher at Polytechnique Montréal and GERAD, and a professor with Université Laval's Operations and Decision Systems Department. Since 2000, he has been a professor with the Mathematics and Industrial Engineering Department at Polytechnique Montréal and a member of GERAD. His research interests are focused mainly on decomposition techniques in mathematical programming (including column generation), integer programming (branch-and-bound and cutting planes) and dynamic programming (constrained shortest path algorithms), with applications in road, urban, air, maritime and rail transport, as well as in personnel scheduling. He is recognized as one of the top specialists in column generation. To date, he has (co-)authored over 80 scientific publications and has (co-)supervised the research of over 65 graduate and post-doctoral students.