Michel Goemans is a Professor of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Interim Head of the Department of Mathematics since July 2017. He was the Leighton Family Professor of Mathematics from 2007 to 2017. He has held an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Waterloo, a Professorship at the University of Louvain and a visiting Professorship at RIMS, Kyoto.
His research --- in the areas of discrete algorithms and combinatorial optimization --- has been rewarded by several prizes, in particular the 2012 Farkas Prize, the 2000 AMS-MPS Fulkerson Prize and twice the SIAM Optimization prize. He has been an invited speaker at many conferences, including the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1998. He has been on the program committee of several major theoretical computer science conferences, such as chair of the 2003 ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Sloan Foundation Fellow and a Fellow of AMS, ACM and SIAM. He holds a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium.