Michel Goemans
Michel Goemans at Oberwolfach, 2011.
Michel Xavier Goemans

December 1964 (1964-12) (age 57)
Scientific career
ThesisAnalysis of Linear Programming Relaxations for a Class of Connectivity Problems (1990)
Doctoral advisorDimitris Bertsimas[1]
Doctoral studentsJon Kleinberg[1]
David P. Williamson
John Urschel

Michel Xavier Goemans (born December, 1964) is a Belgian-American professor of applied mathematics and the RSA Professor of Mathematics at MIT working in discrete mathematics and combinatorial optimization at CSAIL and MIT Operations Research Center.[2]


Goemans earned his doctorate in 1990 from MIT.[1] Goemans is the "Leighton Family Professor" of Applied Mathematics at MIT and an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo. He was also a professor at the University of Louvain and a visiting professor at the RIMS of the University of Kyoto.


In 1991 he received the A.W. Tucker Prize. From 1995 to 1997 he was a Sloan Fellow. In 1998 he was an Invited Speaker of the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin.[3] For the academic year 2007–2008 he was a Guggenheim Fellow.

Goemans is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (2008),[4] a fellow of the American Mathematical Society (2012),[5] and a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2013).[6] In 2000 he was awarded the MOS-AMS Fulkerson Prize[7] for joint work with David P. Williamson on the semidefinite programming approximation algorithm for the maximum cut problem. In 2012 Goemans was awarded the Farkas Prize.[8] In 2022 he received the AMS Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research.[9]

Personal life

His hobby is sailing. Goemans has Belgian and US citizenship.


  1. ^ a b c Michel Goemans at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ "School of Science appoints 11 faculty members to named professorships". MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2021-11-03.
  3. ^ Goemans, Michel X. (1998). "Semidefinite programming and combinatorial optimization". Doc. Math. (Bielefeld) Extra Vol. ICM Berlin, 1998, vol. III. pp. 657–666.
  4. ^ Michel Goemans, ACM Fellows, United States 2008, retrieved 2015-10-19
  5. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-19.
  6. ^ SIAM Fellows: Class of 2013, retrieved 2015-10-19.
  7. ^ Past Winners of the Fulkerson Prize, retrieved 2015-10-19.
  8. ^ "Michel Goemans is selected as the winner of the 2012 INFORMS Optimization Society Farkas Prize". informs.org.
  9. ^ AMS Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research 2022