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Leon Lasdon

Professor Emeritus

Department:     Information, Risk & Operations Management

Additional Titles:     David Bruton, Jr., Centennial Chair in Business Decision Support Systems

Industry Areas:     Decision Support Systems, Financial Risk Management, Petrochemicals

Research Areas:     Decision Support Systems, Decision Theory, Management Science, Operations Research, Optimization, Supply Chain Management

Leon Lasdon headshot
Leon Lasdon headshot

CBA 5.244

Leon Lasdon holds the David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Chair in Business Decision Support Systems, Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management. Leon Lasdon received his B.S. from Syracuse University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Case Institute of Technology. His research and teaching interests include large scale systems optimization, nonlinear optimization, optimization software and applications, decision support systems, and applications of operations research.


Leon S. Lasdon, Abraham Duarte, Fred Glover, Manuel Laguna, and Rafael Marti. 2010. Adaptive memory programming for constrained global optimization. Computers & Operations Research 37(8), 1500-1509.


Leslie T. Maiman Jr., John C. Butler, Leon S. Lasdon, and Jim S. Dyer. 2009. Long-Range Planning for a West Texas Catholic Diocese. Interfaces 39, 133-144.


Lawrence V. Fulton, Leon S. Lasdon, Reuben R. McDaniel, and Nicholas Coppola. 2008. Including Quality, Access, and Efficiency in Healthcare Cost Models. Hospital Topics 86, 3-17.


Leon S. Lasdon and Plummer, John C. 2008. Multistart Algorithms for Seeking Feasibility. Computers and Operations Research 35, 1379-1393.


Leon S. Lasdon, Zsolt Ugray, John Plummer, Fred Glover, Jim Kelly, and Rafael Marti. 2007. Scatter Search and Local NLP Solvers: A Multistart Framework for Global Optimization. INFORMS Journal on Computing 19, 328-340.


Abdellah El-Fallahai, Rafael Marti, and Leon S. Lasdon. 2006. Path Relinking and GRG for Artificial Neural Networks. European Journal of Operations Research 169, 508-519.


Leon S. Lasdon, David Kracman, Daene C. McKinney, and David W. Watkins. 2006. Stochastic Optimization of the Highland Lakes System in Texas. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management Mar/April, 62-70.


Betsy S. Greenberg and Leon S. Lasdon. 2006. Using Global Optimization to Estimate Population Class Sizes. Journal of Global Optimization 36, 319-338.


Patrick L. Brockett, William W. Cooper, Leon S. Lasdon, and Barnett R. Parker. 2005. A note extending Grosskopf, Hayes, Taylor and Weber, “Anticipating the consequences of school reform: A new use of DEA”. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences 39, 351-359.


Ximing Cai, Leon S. Lasdon, and Ari M. Michelsen. 2004. Group Decision Making in Water Resources Planning Using Multiple Objective Analysis. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 130, 4-14.


Ximing Cai, Daene C. McKinney, and Leon S. Lasdon. 2003. Integrated Hydrologic-Agronomic-Economic Model for River Basin Management. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 127, 4-17.


Ximing Cai, Daene C. McKinney, and Leon S. Lasdon. 2002. A Framework for Sustainability Analysis in Water Resources Management and Application to the Syr Darya Basin. Water Resources Research 38, 21-1/21-14.


Zsolt Ugray, Leon S. Lasdon, John C. Plummer, Fred Glover, Jim Kelly, and Rafael Marti. 2001. A Multistart Scatter Search Heuristic for Smooth NLP and MINLP Problems, in Proceedings on the conference of Tabu and Scatter Search, University of Mississippi.


Ximing Cai, Daene C. McKinney, and Leon S. Lasdon. 2001. A Piece-by Piece Approach for Solving Large Nonlinear Water Resources Management Models. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 127, 363-368.


Ravindra S. Gajulappali and Leon S. Lasdon. 2001. Computational Experience with a Safeguarded Barrier Algorithm for Sparse Nonlinear Programming. Computational Optimization and Applications 19, 107-120.


Leon S. Lasdon. 2001. Nonlinear and Geometric Programming-Current Status. Annals of Operations Research 105, 99-107.


Thomas F. Edgar, David M. Himmelblau, and Leon S. Lasdon. 2001. Optimization of Chemical Processes. McGraw Hill.


Ximing Cai, Daene C. McKinney, Leon S. Lasdon, and David W. Watkins, Jr.. 2001. Solving Large Nonconvex Water Resources Management Models Using Generalized Benders Decomposition. Operations Research 49, 235-245.


Ximing Cai, Daene C. McKinney, and Leon S. Lasdon. 2001. Solving Nonlinear Water Management Models Using a Combined Genetic Algorithm and Linear Programming Approach. Advances in Water Resources 24, 667-676.


David W. Watkins, Daene W. McKinney, Leon S. Lasdon, Soren Nielsen, and Quentin W. Martin. 2000. A Scenario-Based Stochastic Programming Model for Water Supplies from the Highland Lakes. International Transactions in Operational Research 7, 211-230.


Chien-Mien Pang, Ilene J. Busch-Vishniac, and Leon S. Lasdon. 2000. Optical Sensor Design Using Nonlinear Programming. Engineering Optimization 32, 523-548.


M. Cetin, Leon S. Lasdon, C. Kapoor, and D. Tesar. 1999. Evaluation of the Optimality in Two Classes of Local Redundancy Resolution Problems, in Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on the Theory of Machine and Mechanisms, Finland.


J. Chlistunoff, K.J. Ziegler, Leon S. Lasdon, and K.P. Johnston. 1999. Nitric/Nitrous Acid Equilibria in Supercritical Water. Journal of Physical Chemistry A 103, 1678-1688.


K.J. Ziegler, Leon S. Lasdon, J. Chlistunoff, and K.P. Johnston. 1999. Optimization Models for Determining Nitric Acid Equilibria in Supercritical Water. Computers and Chemistry 5, 421-434.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1999. The State of the Art of Nonlinear Optimization, in Proceedings of the "Optimization in Industry 2" Conference, Banff, Canada: United Engineering Foundation.


Daniel Fylstra, Leon S. Lasdon, John Watson, and Allan D. Waren. 1998. Design and Use of the Microsoft Excel Solver. INTERFACES 28, 29-55.


Leon S. Lasdon and Judith S. Liebman. 1998. The Teacher's Forum: Teaching Nonlinear Programming Using Cooperative Active Learning. Interfaces 28, 119-132.


Peter Fazziola, Leon S. Lasdon, and Timothy W. Ruefli. 1998. The Techno-MBA: The Key to the Success of Management Science in Business Schools. OR/MS Today 25, 32-36.


A. Drud and Leon S. Lasdon. 1997. Nonlinear Programming, in Advances in Sensitivity Analysis and Parametric Programming, Thomas Gal and Harvey J. Greenberg, eds. Kluwer Academic Publishers.


T. Willemain, Eleanor W. Jordan, Leon S. Lasdon, M. Lenard, J. Moore, and S. Powell. 1997. Report of the Operating Subcommittee of the INFORMS Business School Education Task Force. OR/MS Today 24, 36-41.


Leon S. Lasdon, John C. Plummer, and Allan D. Waren. 1996. Nonlinear Programming, in Mathematical Programming for Industrial Engineers, M. Avriel and B. Golany, eds. Marcel Dekker, Inc.


Leon S. Lasdon, John C. Plummer, and Gang Yu. 1995. Primal-Dual and Primal Interior Point Algorithms for General Nonlinear Programs. ORSA Journal on Computing 7, 321-332.


Billy Rigby, Leon S. Lasdon, and Allan D. Waren. 1995. The Evolution of Texaco's Blending Systems: From OMEGA to StarBlend. Interfaces 25, 64-83.


Leon S. Lasdon and Sungjun Luo. 1994. Computational Experiments With a System Optimal Dynamic Traffic Assignment Model. Transportation Research-Part C: Emerging Technologies 2, 109-127.


M. Liebman, T. Edgar, and Leon S. Lasdon. 1992. Efficient Data Reconciliation and Estimation for Dynamic Processes Using Nonlinear Programming Techniques. Computers and Chemical Engineering 16, 963-986.


John C. Plummer and Leon S. Lasdon. 1992. Efficient Finite Difference Derivatives for Algebraic Modeling Systems. Annals of Operations Research 38, 485-499.


Stuart Smith and Leon S. Lasdon. 1992. Solving Large Sparse Nonlinear Programs Using GRG. ORSA Journal on Computing 4, 2-15.


Leon S. Lasdon and C. Kolstad. 1990. Derivative Evaluation and Computational Experience With Large Bi-Level Mathematical Programs. Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications 65, 485-499.


Leon S. Lasdon and B. Joffe. 1990. The Relationship Between Distributive Recursion and Successive Linear Programming in Refinery Production Planning Problems, in Proceedings of the NPRA Computer Conference, Seattle, WA.


A. Roy, Leon S. Lasdon, and D. Plane. 1989. End-User Optimization With Spreadsheet Models. European Journal of Operational Research 39, 131-137.


C. DeWitt, Leon S. Lasdon, A.D. Waren, D.A. Brenner, and S.A. Melhem. 1989. OMEGA-An Improved Gasoline Blending System for Texaco. Interfaces 19, 85-101.


Leon S. Lasdon, Allan Waren, and M. Pechura. 1989. The GRG2 Model Builder, in Impacts of Recent Computer Advances on Operations Research, Sharda et al, ed. North-Holland.


Y. Fan, S. Sarkar, and Leon S. Lasdon. 1988. Experiments With Successive Quadratic Programming Algorithms. Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications 56, 359-383.


Leon S. Lasdon, A.D. Waren, and S. Sarkar. 1988. Interfacing Optimizers With Planning Languages and Process Simulators, in Mathematical Models for Decision Support, Gautam Mitra, ed. Springer-Verlag.


John C. Plummer, Leon S. Lasdon, and M. Ahmed. 1988. Solving a Large Nonlinear Programming Problem on a Vector Processing Computer. Annals of Operations Research: Parallel Optimization on Novel Computer Architectures 14, 291-304.


Leon S. Lasdon, John C. Plummer, B. Buehler, and A.D. Waren. 1987. Optimal Design of Efficient Acoustic Antenna Arrays. Mathematical Programming 39, 131-155.


A. Waren, M. Hung, and Leon S. Lasdon. 1987. The Status of Nonlinear Programming Software: An Update. Operations Research 35, 489-503.


J. Liebman, Leon S. Lasdon, L. Schrage, and A. Waren. 1986. Applications of Modeling and Optimization With GINO. Palo Alto, CA: The Scientific Press.


A. Roy, Leon S. Lasdon, and J. Lordeman. 1986. Extending Planning Languages to Include Optimization Capabilities. Management Science 32, 360-378.


Leon S. Lasdon, P.E. Coffman, R. MacDonald, J.W. McFarland, and K. Sepehrnoori. 1986. Optimal Hydrocarbon Reservoir Production Policies. Operations Research 34, 40-55.


N. Wanakule, L. Mays, and Leon S. Lasdon. 1986. Optimal Management of Large Scale Aquifers. Water Resources Research 22, 447-465.


Leon S. Lasdon and Thomas E. Baker. 1986. The Integration of Planning, Scheduling, and Control, in Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Chemical Process Control,


R. Rouhani, Leon S. Lasdon, W. Lebow, and A.D. Waren. 1985. A Generalized Benders Decomposition Approach to Reactive Source Planning in Power Systems. Mathematical Programming Study 25, 62-75.


J. Zhang, N. Kim, and Leon S. Lasdon. 1985. An Improved Successive Linear Programming Algorithm. Management Science 31, 1312-1331.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1985. Nonlinear Programming Alogrithms-Applications, Software, Comparisons, in Numerical Optimization 1984, P.T. Boggs, ed. Philadelphia, PA: Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).


A. Roy and Leon S. Lasdon. 1985. Structural Analysis of Optimization Problems Formulated in Planning Languages. Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications 47.


T. Baker and Leon S. Lasdon. 1985. Successive Linear Programming at Exxon. Management Science 31, 264-274.


James W. McFarland, Leon S. Lasdon, and Verne Loose. 1984. Development Planning and Management of Petroleum Resources Using Tank Models and Nonlinear Programming. Operations Research 32, 270-289.


F. Norman, Leon S. Lasdon, and J.K. Hsin. 1983. A Comparison of Methods for Solving and Optimizing a Large Nonlinear Econometric Model. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 6, 3-24.


P. Beck, Leon S. Lasdon, and M. Engquist. 1983. A Reduced Gradient Algorithm for Nonlinear Network Problems. ACM Transactions in Mathematical Software 9, 57-70.


Leon S. Lasdon and A.D. Waren. 1983. Large Scale Nonlinear Programming. Computers and Chemical Engineering 7, 595-605.


A. Roy and Leon S. Lasdon. 1983. On Detection of Linear and Nonlinear Optimization Problems. Operations Research Letters 2, 149-154.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1982. Large Scale Nonlinear Programming, in Large Scale Systems, Y. Haimes, ed. North-Holland.


Leon S. Lasdon, F. Palacios-Gomez, and M. Engquist. 1982. Nonlinear Optimization by Successive Linear Programming. Management Science 28, 1106-1120.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1982. Reduced Gradient Methods, in Nonlinear Programming, M.J.D. Powell, ed. Academic Press.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1981. A Survey of Nonlinear Programming Algorithms and Software. Foundations of Computer-Ordered Chemical Process Design 2, 185-219.


Leon S. Lasdon and P. Beck. 1981. Scaling Nonlinear Programs. Operations Research Letters 1, 6-9.


Leon S. Lasdon and A.D. Waren. 1980. A Survey of Nonlinear Programming Applications. Research 28, 1029-1073.


M.A. Hanscom, L. Lafond, Leon S. Lasdon, and G. Pronovost. 1980. Modeling and Resolution of the Medium Term Energy Generation Planning Problem for a Large Hydro-Electric System. Management Science 26, 659-668.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1980. Operations Research in China. Interfaces 9, 23-27.


Leon S. Lasdon, A.D. Waren, S. Sarkar, and F. Palacios. 1979. Solving the Pooling Problem Using Generalized Reduced Gradient and Successive Linear Programming Methods. SIGMAP Bulletin 27, 9-15.


A.D. Waren and Leon S. Lasdon. 1979. The Status of Nonlinear Programming Software. Operations Research 27, 431-456.


J. Mantell and Leon S. Lasdon. 1978. A GRG Algorithm for Econometric Control Problems. Annals of Economic and Social Management 6, 581-597.


Leon S. Lasdon, A.D. Waren, A. Jain, and M. Ratner. 1978. Design and Testing of a Generalized Reduced Gradient Code for Nonlinear Programming. ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software 4, 34-50.


Leon S. Lasdon and A.D. Waren. 1978. Generalized Reduced Gradient Software for Linearly and Nonlinearly Constrained Problems, in Design and Implementation of Optimization Software, H. Greenberg, ed. Sijthoff and Noordhoff.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1978. Large Scale Mathematical Programming, in Handbook of Operations Research, Elmaghraby, Moder, ed. Van Nostrand Reignhold Co.


Leon S. Lasdon, M. Ratner, and A. Jain. 1978. Solving Geometric Programs Using GRG-Results and Comparisons. Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications 25, 581-597.


Leon S. Lasdon and A. Meeraus. 1978. Solving Nonlinear Economic Planning Models Using GRG Algorithms, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Systems Analysis and Optimization, Versailles, France: Springer-Verlag.


Leon S. Lasdon and A.D. Waren. 1977. A Survey of Nonlinear Programming Software, in Proceedings of the Association for Computing Machinery Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1977. Operations Research in the Far East. Interfaces 8, 56-63.


Leon S. Lasdon and A.D. Waren. 1977. Recent Developments in Nonlinear Optimization and Their Use in Engineering Design, in Large Engineering Systems, A. Wexler, ed. Pergamon Press.


R. Fox, Leon S. Lasdon, A. Tamir, and M. Ratner. 1975. An Efficient One Dimensional Search Procedure. Management Science 22, 42-50.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1975. Partitions, Decomposition Sparsity. Networks 5, 93-96.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1974. Generalized Upper Bounding Methods in Production Scheduling and Distribution, in Optimization Methods for Resource Allocation, Cottle, Crarup, ed. English University Press.


Leon S. Lasdon, A. Waren, and S. Madson. 1974. Juror Management in a Metropolitan Trial Court. Judicature 57, 402-410.


Leon S. Lasdon, R. Fox, and M. Ratner. 1974. Nonlinear Optimization Using the Generalized Reduced Gradient Method. Revue Francaise d'Automatique, d'Informatique, et de Recherche Operationnelle (R.A.I.R.O.) 3, 73-104.


Leon S. Lasdon, A. Waren, and D. Suchman. 1974. Optimal Design of Acoustic Sonar Transducer Arrays, in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Engineering in the Ocean Environment,


Leon S. Lasdon, R. Fox, and M. Ratner. 1973. An Efficient One Dimensional Search Procedure for Barrier Functions. Mathematical Programming4, 279-296.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1973. Decomposition in Resource Allocation, in Decomposition in Large Scale Problems, D. Himmelblau, ed. North Holland.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1973. Decomposition of a Ship Routing Problem, in Decomposition of Large Scale Problems, D. Himmelblau, ed. North Holland, 235-241.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1973. Penalty and Barrier Function Design of Electrical Networks and Sonar Transducer Arrays, in Optimization and Design, Rijckaert Avriel and Wilde, eds. Prentice-Hall, Inc.


J. Hartman and Leon S. Lasdon. 1972. A Generalized Upper Bounding Algorithm for Multi-Commodity Flow Problems in Networks. Networks 1, 333-354.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1972. An Efficient Algorithm for Minimizing Barrier and Penalty Functions. Mathematical Programming 2, 65-106.


Leon S. Lasdon and R. Terjung. 1971. An Efficient Algorithm for Multi-Intern Scheduling. Operations Research 19, 946-969.


Y.Y. Haimes, Leon S. Lasdon, and D.A. Wismer. 1971. On a Bicriterion Formulation of the Problems of Integrated System Identification and System Optimization. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cyberetics SMC-1, 296-297.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1971. Optimization Theory for Large Systems. MacMillan Company.


J. Hartman and Leon S. Lasdon. 1970. A Generalized Upper Bounding Method for Doubly Coupled Linear Programs. Naval Research Logistics Quarterly 17, 411-429.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1970. Conjugate Direction Methods for Optimal Control. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control AC-15, 267-268.


Leon S. Lasdon, A.D. Waren, D. Tabak, and G. Porcelli. 1968. Applying Mathematical Programming. Electro-Technology 81, 48-53.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1968. Duality and Decomposition in Mathematical Programming. IEEE Transactions on Systems Science and Cyberetics SSC-4, 86-100.


Leon S. Lasdon, A.D. Waren, and R.K. Rice. 1967. A Penalty Method for Optimal Control, in Proceedings of the IEEE,


Leon S. Lasdon, A.D. Waren, and R.K. Rice. 1967. An Interior Penalty Method for Inequality Constrained Optimal Control Problems. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control AC-12, 388-395.


Leon S. Lasdon and A.D. Waren. 1967. Mathematical Programming and Engineering Design. Electro-Technology 80, 53-70.


A.D. Waren, Leon S. Lasdon, and D. Suchman. 1967. Optimization in Engineering Design, in Proceedings of the IEEE,


Leon S. Lasdon, S.K. Mitter, and A.D. Waren. 1967. The Method of Conjugate Gradients for Optimal Control Problems. IEEE Transactions of Automatic Control AC-12, 132-139.


Leon S. Lasdon and J.D. Schoeffler. 1966. Decentralized Plant Control. Transactions of the Instrument Society of American 5, 175-184.


Leon S. Lasdon, D. Suchman, and A.D. Waren. 1966. Nonlinear Programming Applied to Linear-Array Design. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 40, 1197-1200.


Leon S. Lasdon and A.D. Waren. 1966. Optimal Design of Filters with Bounded, Lossy Elements. IEEE Transactions on Circuit Theory CT-15, 175-188.


Leon S. Lasdon and S.K. Mitter. 1966. The Conjugate Gradient Method in Function Space, in Proceedings of the Fourth Allerton Conference on Circuit and Systems Theory,


Leon S. Lasdon. 1965. A Multi-Level Technique for Optimization, in Proceedings of the 1965 Joint Automatic Control Conference, Troy, NY.


A.D. Waren and Leon S. Lasdon. 1965. A Note on the Automatic Design of Filters, in Proceedings of the IEEE,


C.B. Brosilow and Leon S. Lasdon. 1965. A Two Level Optimization Technique for Recycle Processes, in Proceedings of the AI. CH. E. Joint Meeting, London.


R. Durbeck and Leon S. Lasdon. 1965. Control Model Simplification Using a Two-Level Decomposition Technique, in Proceedings of the 1965 Joint Automatic Control Conference, Troy, NY.


C.B. Brosilow, Leon S. Lasdon, and J.D. Pearson. 1965. Feasible Optimization Methods for Interconnected Systems, in Proceedings of the 1965 Joint Automatic Control Conference, Troy, NY.


Leon S. Lasdon. 1965. Multi-Level Optimization of Large Scale Systems, in Proceedings of the Second Systems Engineering Conference, Chicago, IL.


Leon S. Lasdon and A.D. Waren. 1965. Practical Filter Design Using Mathematical Optimization, in Proceedings of the Third Allerton Conference on Circuit and Systems Theory,


Leon S. Lasdon. 1965. Solving Multi-Item Scheduling Problems by Decomposition, in Proceedings of the 20th Annual Instrument Society of American Conference and Exhibit, Los Angeles, CA.


S.K. Mitter, Leon S. Lasdon, and A.D. Waren. 1965. The Method of Conjugate Gradients for Optimal Control Problems, in Proceedings of the IEEE,


Leon S. Lasdon and J.D. Schoeffler. 1964. Decentralized Plant Control, in Proceedings of the 19th Annual Instrument Society of America Conference and Exhibit, New York, NY.