Georgia Perakis is the William F. Pounds Professor and a professor of operations research, statistics, and operations management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Along with Caspar Hare, Perakis is the associate dean for Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing (SERC) in the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing. Perakis and Hare work together to create multidisciplinary connections on campus and to weave social, ethical, and policy considerations into the teaching, research, and implementation of computing. In addition, since July 2019, she has been serving as the co-director of the Operations Research Center, an interdepartmental graduate program that jointly reports to the Schwarzman College of Computing and MIT Sloan.
In her research Perakis investigates the theory and practice of analytics in the intersection of machine learning and optimization. She is particularly interested in how to solve complex problems in healthcare, energy, pricing, and supply chains applications, among others, and address societal implications in those domains. She has widely published in flagship journals such as Operations Research, Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM), Mathematics of Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, and Production and Operations Management (POM).
Among other awards, Perakis has received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation and the PECASE Award from the Office of the President on Science and Technology. In 2016, she was elected as an INFORMS Fellow, and in 2021 as a Distinguished MSOM Fellow. Both of these distinctions recognize individuals for lifetime achievement to their field.
Perakis has a passion for supervising PhD, masters, and undergraduate students and builds lifelong relationships with them. So far, she has graduated 30 PhDs and 55 masters students, and has worked with numerous undergraduate students. In 2012, she received the Samuel M. Seegal Award for inspiring students to achieve excellence.
Among other editorial roles over the years, Perakis is currently the editor-in-chief of M&SOM. She has also served as America’s editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pricing and Revenue Management and as department editor for the journal Service Science in the area of analytics. She has served as the chair of the RMP Section of INFORMS and as the vice president of meetings of the MSOM Society of INFORMS. Perakis holds a BS in mathematics from the University of Athens, an MS in applied mathematics, as well as a PhD in applied mathematics from Brown University.