Professor Alizadeh is a leading authority in the area of mathematical optimization. He is one of the originators of the field of semidefinite programming which has found numerous applications in areas as wide as quantitative finance, statistical learning theory, computer science and engineering. His work are some of the most highly cited in optimization theory, and his research has been supported by National Science Foundation and Office of Naval Research. He is among the first generation of scientist to receive NSF CAREER award. He is also the recipient of the INFORMS Optimization Society 2014 Farkas prize.