J. Cole Smith

Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

223 Link Hall




  • PhD, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2000
  • BS, Mathematical Sciences, Clemson University, 1996

Research interests:

  • Integer programming and combinatorial optimization
  • Network flows and facility location
  • Computational optimization methods
  • Large-scale optimization due to uncertainty or robustness considerations


  • 2019 Member, Academy of Distinguished Alumni for the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech
  • 2018 Fellow, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
  • 2014 Glover-Klingman Prize for Best Paper in Networks (Sullivan and Smith, 2014)
  • 2010 Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer in Education Award
  • 2009 IIE Operations Research Division Teaching Award
  • 2007 IIE Transactions Best Paper Award (Lim and Smith, 2007)
  • 2002 Young Investigator Award recipient (awarded by Office of Naval Research)

Selected Publications:

Lozano, L. and Smith, J.C., “A Binary Decision Diagram Based Algorithm for Solving a Class of Binary Two-Stage Stochastic Programs,” to appear in Mathematical Programming, 2019.

Curry, R.M. and Smith, J.C., “Models and Algorithms for Maximum Flow Problems Having Semicontinuous Path Flow Constraints,” IISE Transactions, 50(6), 484-498, 2018.

Lozano, L. and Smith, J.C., “A Value-Function-Based Exact Approach for the Bilevel Mixed-Integer Programming Problem,” Operations Research, 65(3), 768-786, 2017.

Sefair, J. and Smith, J.C., “Dynamic Shortest-Path Interdiction,” Networks, 68(4), 315-330, 2016.

Romich, A., Lan, G., and Smith, J.C., “Optimizing Placement of Stationary Monitors,” IIE Transactions, 47(6), 556-576, 2015.