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atrapp@wpi.edu

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Andrew C. Trapp

One of the main reasons I love teaching is that it gives me an opportunity to share what I've learned. I have a passion for learning, and I can model this passion by encouraging critical thinking in the classroom, connecting with students and drawing out their understanding. I believe it’s important to demonstrate the relevancy of what I’m teaching, so I try to merge aspects of my research into the course content whenever I can, and I especially enjoy integrating technology when appropriate—many students seem to enjoy technology. I believe creativity, organization, fairness, and mutual respect are some of the qualities that I bring to the classroom. One of the greatest joys of teaching is seeing former students succeed in their own careers with professional and ethical responsibility, taking into account the economic, environmental, as well as societal impacts of their decisions.

Research Interests

  • Discrete Optimization
  • Stochastic (Integer) Programming
  • Application of Operations Research Techniques in:
    • Health: Healthcare, Biomedicine
    • Social Justice: Inequality, Humanitarian Needs
    • Analytics: Data Mining
    • Environment: Energy, Sustainability

Education

  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2011 
  • M.S., Computer Science / Operations Research, Bowling Green State University, 2006
  • B.S., Applied Mathematics, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2000

Featured Publications

  • A. C. Trapp, O. A. Prokopyev, A. J. Schaefer "On a Level-Set Characterization of the Value Function of an Integer Program and Its Application to Stochastic Programming," Operations Research, 61 (2), pp. 498–511, 2013
  • A. C. Trapp, O. A. Prokopyev, “Solving the Order-Preserving Submatrix Problem via Integer Programming,” INFORMS Journal on Computing, 22 (3), pp. 387–400, 2010
  • N. Temiz, A. Trapp, O. Prokopyev, C. J. Camacho, “Optimization of Minimum Set of Protein-DNA Interactions: A Quasi Exact Solution with Minimum Over-fitting,” Bioinformatics, 26 (3), pp. 319–325, 2010
  • Trapp, O. A. Prokopyev, S. Busygin, “Finding Checkerboard Patterns via Fractional 0-1 Programming,” Journal of Combinatorial Optimization, 20 (1), pp. 1–26, 2010
  • O. A. Prokopyev, S. Butenko, A. Trapp, “Checking Solvability of Systems of Interval Linear Equations and Inequalities via Mixed Integer Programming,” European Journal of Operational Research, 199 (1), pp. 117–121, 2009

Professional Highlights

  • Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
  • GAANN Fellowship, Sustainable Engineering in Pittsburgh, 3 years, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation via U.S. Department of Education’s Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program, 2007–2010
  • INFORMS Future Academician Colloquium, Participant, San Diego, CA, 2009
  • Presidential Scholarship Award, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1995–2000
 
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