Ariela Sofer

Volgenau Divisional Dean Ariela Sofer
Titles and Organizations

Divisional Dean for the Volgenau School of Engineering; Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-1692
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Nguyen Engineering Building
Room 5113
Mail Stop: 4A6

Personal Websites


Ariela Sofer is a professor and Divisional Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computing.  She previously served as Interim Divisional Dean (2020-23) and as Associate Dean for Administration and Faculty Affairs (2018-23).  Prior to that she served almost 16 years as chair of the Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department.  She is currently serving as Vice President for Meetings of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) and has previously served as Academic Director of The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE),  Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer (IISE), Vice President for Sections and Societies of INFORMS, as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and as President of the Association of Chairs of Operations Research Departments (ACORD). She is co-author of the textbook "Linear and Nonlinear Optimization," published by SIAM Books in 2008 (and in an earlier edition by McGraw Hill, 1996).  She is an elected Fellow of INFORMS (2016), IISE (2018), and INCOSE (2022).


2014 - 2014: A Case Study: Designing an Electric Power Plant Using Model-Based Systems Engineering Techniques. Funded by Pohang University of Science and Technology.

2008 - 2010: WorkshopCollaborative Research: 2009 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop, March 12 and 13, 2009. Funded by National Science Foundation.

2008 - 2009: NSFWkshopCAREER Proposal Writing. Funded by National Science Foundation.

Research Interests



  • PhD, Operations Research, George Washington University
  • MS, Operations Research, Israel Institute of Technology
  • BS, Mathematics, Israel Institute of Technology