Dr. Barbara Fraticelli received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2001. Her dissertation (awarded the 1st prize in the IIE Pritsker Dissertation Competition) was advised by Dr. Hanif Sherali and addressed topics in nonconvex optimization, including applications of nonlinear, stochastic, and integer programming. She obtained both a B.S. in Industrial Engineering (1995) and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (1997) from Penn State, studying under the direction of Dr. Tom M. Cavalier. From 2001 through July 2017, Barbara served as an adjunct faculty member and instructor in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. She taught a variety of courses, ranging from introductory classes for sophomores to advanced optimization courses for graduate students. In addition, she has also created and led short courses in optimization for government and business employees, and she has served as a committee member for dozens of graduate students at Virginia Tech. Barbara's research and teaching interests focus on all areas of Operations Research, including optimization, probability, statistics, Markov chains, and queuing theory.
In August 2017, Barbara joined the BIT Department as an Assistant Professor of Practice. She looks forward to the challenges and opportunities of teaching similar courses to business students.