Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders 

Research Professor
Dept of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E)
Operations Research at Stanford (=MS&E)
Systems Optimization Laboratory (SOL)
Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME)
Scientific Computing and Computational Math (SCCM)
Stanford University

Prof Michael Saunders
Huang Building
475 Via Ortega
Suite B060 (Basement level, ICME area)
Stanford University
Stanford CA 94305-4042


Research Interests

  • Numerical optimization, numerical linear algebra, linear/nonlinear programming, sparse matrix methods, iterative solvers.

  • Algorithm design/implementation for constrained optimization, sparse linear equations, sparse least squares.

  • Multiscale optimization problems in systems biology.

  • Please note that I am unable to offer internships or postdoctoral positions outside normal PhD admissions to Stanford.


1985: William Orchard-Hays Prize in Computational Mathematical Programming, Mathematical Programming Society, first recipient
2004: ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Computer Science
2007: ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Mathematics
2007: Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand
2012: SIAM Linear Algebra Prize (with S.-C. Choi and C. C. Paige)
2012: Stanford University Invention Hall of Fame (with P. E. Gill, W. Murray, B. A. Murtagh, and M. H. Wright)
2013: SIAM Fellow

Associate Editor

1982-2004: ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (TOMS)
1989-2002: SIAM Journal on Optimization (SIOPT)
1999-present: Optimization and Engineering (OPTE)
2010-2016: Numerical Algebra, Control and Optimization (NACO)


President Xi Jinping 

2014 Dec 13: Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China.
President Xi Jinping visits Huilong Logistics Company
after addressing an outdoor gathering in Nanjing
on the 77th anniversary of the Massacre of Nanking.
Center: Shi Wenjin, Huilong company founder.
Left: Deng Linzhong, formerly my Stanford PhD student.


2018 Jan 29: Leshan, Sichuan, China.
On river-boat with colleagues from Kcomber Agricultural Technology and Industry Research Institute after visiting Da Fo (giant Buddha).
Distinguished artist spent all night painting the monk who envisaged the creation of Da Fo.
Mama Dara Wu (wife of company founder Zhonghui Wu) with sons and and dearest little friend Yoyo.


2018 Feb 9: Foshan, Guangdong, China.
Party time at ZhongTuNet Internet + Architectural Design.


2019 Jan 12: San Jose, CA.
Brother David discovers Kate Liu, wonderful concert pianist.
Kate plays Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Prokofiev at Le Petit Trianon, San Jose.
Truly fabulous! And such a modest, charming lady!


2020 Jan 9: Rusqat, Oman.
With charming Ding and Emma, just after NAOV conference at Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman.