Illya V. Hicks, professor and chair of computational applied mathematics and operations research (CMOR) at Rice, has been named for a four-year term to the board of trustees of the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), effective last July 1.
Trustees are responsible for budget reviews, policy development, advising on the appointment of new directors, and fundraising.
Hicks joined the Rice faculty in 2007. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in computational and applied mathematics from Rice in 2000. For six years he was a member of the Industrial and Systems Engineering faculty at Texas A&M.
His research interests include combinatorial optimization, integer programming, graph theory, and matroid theory, with applications in social networks, political redistricting, path planning, data science and network design.
Hicks is a member of the Mathematical Optimization Society, the National Association of Mathematicians, the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Last year he was elected vice president of education for the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.
ICERM was founded at Brown University in 2010 and is funded by the National Science Foundation.