Mehdi Karimi

Mehdi Karimi Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics
Illinois State University


Email: mkarim3 at
Office: Stevenson Hall - STV 303D

About me

I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Math, Illinois State University. Before, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida Tech, a Research Data Scientist at Cerebri AI, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo, working with Dr. Levent Tuncel. My research in the last few years has been on designing optimization algorithms, creating software packages including my DDS code for convex optimization problems, and implementing machine learning and deep learning projects. You can read more about my research here.

My optimization software package Domain-Driven Solver (DDS) 2.0 was released on Nov 11th, 2020. I gave a talk in a session “Optimization Modeling Software” by MathWorks at INFORMS annual meeting. DDS solves a wide variety of convex optimization probelms.

I love teaching, specially performing new methods of learning and teaching in classrooms. I have completed Fundamentals of University Teaching and Certificate of University Teaching programs. My Project was about implementing Peer-Instruction in mathematics.

Research Interests

  • Optimization and mathematical programming
  • Optimization software and applications
  • Interplay of optimization and machine learning
  • Hyperbolic programming and sum-of-squares techniques
  • Optimization in power systems, communications, and smart grids
  • Convex analysis
  • Interior-point methods


  • Ph.D. in Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo, Canada, Jan 2013-August 2017
  • Certificate in University Teaching, University of Waterloo, Canada, May 2013-Dec 2014
  • Masters in Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo, Canada, May 2011-Dec 2012
  • Ph.D. and Masters in Electrical Engineering, Sharif University, Iran, Sep 2004-Dec 2010
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran, Sep 2000-Aug 2004