Professor Clifford Stein joined Columbia University’s Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department in 2001, where he has been conducting research in the areas of combinatorial optimization, scheduling, and network algorithms. Prior to joining Columbia, he spent nine years as an assistant and associate professor in the Dartmouth College Department of Computer Science.

Professor Stein has published many influential papers in the leading conferences and journals in his field, and has occupied a variety of editorial positions. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and Sloan Foundation. He is the winner of several prestigious awards including an NSF Career Award, an Alfred Sloan Research Fellowship, and the Karen Wetterhahn Award for Distinguished Creative or Scholarly Achievement. He is also the coauthor of the textbook Introduction to Algorithms, with T. Cormen, C. Leiserson, and R. Rivest. This book is currently the best-selling textbook in algorithms and has been translated into eight languages.

He was elected chair of the IEOR Department in July 2008.


Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists. Addison Wesley.

Introduction to Algorithms. MIT Press.