Ariela Sofer

Ariela Sofer
Titles and Organizations

Associate Dean, Administration and Faculty Affairs, College of Engineering and Computing Divisional Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-1692
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Nguyen Engineering Building
Room 5113
Mail Stop: 4A6

Personal Websites


Ariela Sofer is interested in nonlinear programming, optimization in medical applications, and systems thinking. Sofer is currently Academic Director of The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).  She has served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), as Vice President for Sections and Societies of The Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) and as President of the Association of Chairs of Operations Research Departments (ACORD). She is a member of the editorial board of the SEBoK Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge. She has served as Associate Editor of the journals  Operations Research and Management Science, and as a member of the editorial Board of MOS-SIAM Book Series on Optimization. She is co-author of the textbook "Linear and Nonlinear Optimization," published by SIAM Books in 2008 (and in an earlier edition by McGraw Hill, 1996).  She is an elected Fellow of INFORMS (2016) and IISE (2018).


2014 - 2014: A Case Study: Designing an Electric Power Plant Using Model-Based Systems Engineering Techniques. Funded by Pohang University of Science and Technology.

2008 - 2010: WorkshopCollaborative Research: 2009 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop, March12 and 13, 2009. Funded by National Science Foundation.

2008 - 2009: NSFWkshopCAREER Proposal Writing. Funded by National Science Foundation.

Research Interests



  • PhD, Operations Research, George Washington University
  • MS, Operations Research, Israel Institute of Technology
  • BS, Mathematics, Israel Institute of Technology