Alkiviadis Vazacopoulos (avazacop)

Alkiviadis Vazacopoulos

Teaching Associate Professor

School of Business


  • PhD (1994) Carnegie Mellon University (Industrial Administration)
  • MS (1990) Carnegie Mellon University (Operations Research)
  • MS (1988) Florida International University (Management Information Systems)
  • BA (1986) University of Piraeus (Business Adminstration)


Mathematical Programming
Supply Chain Analytics
Machine Learning and Optimization

General Information

Alkis Vazacopoulos is a Business Analytics and Optimization expert. From January 2008 to January 2011 he was Vice President at FICO (NYSE: FICO) Research. Prior to that he was the President at Dash Optimization, Inc. where he worked closely with end-users, consulting companies, OEMs/ISVs in developing optimization solutions. He also does consulting work with Fortune 500 companies in the areas of finance, marketing optimization, data mining, supply chain, retail optimization, procurement, and decision analytics.

Dr. Vazacopoulos is a pioneer in using Parallel Programming for solving Large-Scale Optimization problems for several verticals, particularly in Banking and Retail Industries.

Dr Vazacopoulos has an Erdos3 number, has coauthored four major publications with Dr. Egon Balas, and his dissertation paper Guided Local Search for the Jobshop Scheduling paper has more than 300 citations, for 1988 to 1992 was the William Larimer King Fellow at GSIA, Carnegie Mellon University.

Specialties: Operations Research, Analytics


2012 – Present: CEO/Founder Industrial Algorithms.
2013 - 2016: Adjunct Faculty Stevens Institute of Technology.
2005 - 21012: Affiliated Faculty, Center for Applied Optimization, University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
2011 - 2012: Client Partner, Verisk Analytics/Interthinx/Strategic Analytics 2008 - 2011: Vice President Research, FICO, Co. (Member of the Research Management Team
2004 - 2008, President, President, Dash Optimization, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Institutional Service

  • BIA FACULTY Meetings Member
  • School Faculty Meetings Member
  • Board Of Directors BIA Member
  • BIA FACULTY Meetings Member
  • School Faculty Meetings Member
  • Board Of Directors BIA Member
  • Corporate Event Committee Member
  • BIA Faculty meetings Member
  • Board of Directors BIA Member
  • Faculty Meeting Member
  • SAIL Comitte Member
  • Corporate Event Committee Spring Event Member

Professional Service

  • Optimization Direct Inc. Partner
  • Optimization Direct Inc. Partner

Consulting Service

Fair Isaac
Innovative Scheduling
Bank of America
Cayuga Partners
PA Consulting
Economia Applicada
Frito Lay
Pacific Gas and Electric
Air Products
Procter & Gamble
I2 Technologies
Delaware Investments
Edison Mission
Department of Energy
Department of Sanitation, New York
Marvin Palmer
Frito Lay, PepsiCO
Prograph Management Systems
General Mills
PSR Brazil
HESI INC. presented seminars: Mathematical Modeling and Project Management


August 2016-Today: Teaching Associate Professor, School of Business, Stevens Institute of Technology
April 2014 – today: Partner Optimization Direct, Inc.
April 2011- March 2012: Client Partner, Verisk Analytics/Interthinx/Strategic Analytics.
2008-February 2011: Vice President Research, FICO, Co. (Member of the Research Management Team, 3 members)
2004-2008: President, Dash Optimization, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
1998-2004: Vice President and Founder, Director, Dash Optimization, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ
1999-2000: COO, Founder Axioma Inc.
1982-1983: Personnel Department, Accounting Department, Hellenic Shipyards, Athens, Greece.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Model Development for Machine Learning and Mathematical Programming

Honors and Awards

1999-2000: Research Award, S. J. Silberman College of Business Administration, Fairleigh Dickinson University.
1997: Visiting Scientist in FAW (Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing), ULM, Germany.
1988-1991: William Larimer Mellon Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University.
1990: Nomination for The Richard M. and Margaret S. Cyert Family Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University. (2nd place)
1986-1988: Graduate Fellowship, School of Business, Florida International University.
1986: Fellowship, University of Piraeus, Greece.
1986, Fellowship, National Foundation of Fellowships, Greece.

Professional Societies

  • INFORMS is the leading international association for Operations Research & Analytics professionals. – INFORMS Member

Patents and Inventions

Patent Application Publication, Pub. No.: US 2011/0066481 Al, Vazacopoulos et al. (43) Pub. Date: Mar. 17,2011, RANDOM PARTITIONING AND PARALLEL PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR VERY LARGE SCALE OPTIMIZATION AND METHOD. Inventors: Alkiviadis Vazacopoulos, Gabriel 

Patent Application Publication, VAZACOPOULOS et al., US 20090271337A1, (io) Pub. No.: US 2009/0271337 Al (43) Pub. Date: Oct. 29, 2009, (54) APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INPUT AND OUTPUT TO PROCESS TO BE OPTIMIZED, (76) Inventors: Alkis VAZACOPOULOS, Harrington Park, NJ (US); Horia TIPI, New York, NY (US).


BIA 600
BIA 674
MGT 657
BIA 678
BIA 610