Natashia Boland is a professor in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her BSc(Hons) and PhD from the University of Western Australia in 1988 and 1992, respectively. After completing two years of postdoctoral research in 1994 and 1995, at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and Georgia Tech, respectively, she took up her first faculty position in her home country of Australia, in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne. In 2008 she moved the University of Newcastle, Australia, to take up a position as Professor of Applied Mathematics, where she remained until moving, in 2015, to take up her current position.
Dr. Boland is an expert in the field of integer linear programming and discrete optimization, and an exponent of its application to address complex problems in government and industry. Her contributions to the field have spanned theory, algorithms, modeling and applications, in mining, defense, renewable energy, airline planning, freight transport, port logistics and environmental water management.
Recently, her methodological work has focused on two main directions. Seeking better solution of planning problems in time-space networks, she has developed techniques that generate only the parts of the network really needed to determine near-optimal solutions, with high accuracy and in far faster computing times than previously available. The second is on addressing problems with multiple objectives. She is developing technology that can efficiently, in practice, offer the decision-maker a comprehensive view of the trade-offs available to them, given the constraints of their system. Such technology is especially helpful in settings in which issues such as fairness, risk, environmental impact, and human factors, as well as costs or profits, play an important role in the decision-making.