Romesh Saigal smiles and poses for a portrait.

Romesh Saigal



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Professor Saigal has held faculty positions at the Haas School of Business, Berkeley and the department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University, has been a researcher at the Bell Telephone Laboratories and numerous short term visiting positions. He currently teaches courses in Financial Engineering. In the recent past he taught courses in optimization, and Management Science. His current research involves data based studies of operational problems in the areas of Finance, Transportation, Renewable Energy and Healthcare, with an emphasis on the management and pricing of risks. This involves the use of data analytics, optimization, stochastic processes and financial engineering tools. His earlier research involved theoretical investigation into interior point methods, large scale optimization and software development for mathematical programming. He is an author of two books on optimization and large set of publications in top refereed journals. He has been an associate editor of Management Science and is a member of SIAM, AMS and AAAS. He has served as the Director of the interdisciplinary Financial Engineering Program and as the Director of Interdisciplinary Professional Programs (now Integrative Design + Systems) at the College of Engineering.


Research Interests


  • Banking & Finance
  • Healthcare Operations
  • Transportation

Operations Research Tools

  • Math Programming
  • Optimization
  • Stochastic Processes

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Professional Service



  • Linear Programming – A Modern Integrates Analysis, Kluwer Academic Press, Norwell, MA, 1995
  • Handbook of Semidefinite Programming, (Co-edited with Wolkowicz and Vandenberghe), Kluwer Academic Press, Norwell MA, 2000.