UF Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering Hires Two Assistant Professors

The Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Florida has hired two new assistant professors, Aleksandr Kazachkov, Ph.D., who will be joining in Spring 2021, and Alexander Semenov, Ph.D., who will be joining in Fall 2020.

Aleksandr Kazachkov, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Aleksandr Kazachkov, Ph.D., joins the ISE department as an assistant professor with research interests in discrete optimization, fair mechanism design, and social good applications. Dr. Kazachkov received his doctorate in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization under Dr. Egon Balas from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in Operations Research and Information Engineering from Cornell University. He was the winner of a GERAD Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2019 and the INFORMS Computing Society Student Paper Award in 2018.

Most recently, as a postdoctoral researcher under Dr. Andrea Lodi at Polytechnique Montréal in Montréal, Canada, Dr. Kazachkov has focused on developing algorithms to better solve real-world problems by advancing decision analytics and artificial intelligence methodologies. In particular, he has been studying the interplay between the strength and sparsity of cutting planes, and how to effectively employ machine learning methods to improve cut selection criteria in optimization solvers.


Alexander Semenov, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor

Alexander Semenov, Ph.D., joins the ISE department as an assistant research professor for the UF Research and Engineering Education Facility in Shalimar, Florida. Dr. Semenov graduated from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland with a doctorate in computer science, and received a master’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Saint Petersburg State Electrotechnical University in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Dr. Semenov’s research interests include network science, analysis of large datasets, efficient algorithms, optimization and machine learning. He has served as a visiting scholar at multiple universities including SUNY Buffalo, University of Memphis, University of Florida, University of Central Florida and University of Sydney in Australia. He has co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and has been a recipient of research grants, including Business Finland and The European Office of Aerospace Research & Development.

“UF is fortunate to have Drs. Semenov and Kazachkov joining the ISE department. With the onboarding of these two new outstanding faculty members, we look forward to a further expansion of the ISE research program in operations research as well as our teaching portfolio,” said David Kaber, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering.