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Andy Sun

Andy Sun is Associate Professor (with tenure) and holds the inaugural Iberdrola-Avangrid Professorship in the Sloan School of Management and MIT Energy Initiative, MIT.

Dr. Sun is interested in building new bridges between the theory of optimization under uncertainty, distributed optimization, convexification of nonconvex structures, and control of dynamical systems, and in developing fundamental understanding and new analytical tools for renewable energy integration, power grid optimization, and stability and resiliency of interconnected energy systems and transportation systems.

Dr. Sun obtained his B.E. in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing (senior thesis on quantum computing using Josephson junction qubits), M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT (analog computation and analog integrated circuit design), and a doctoral degree in Operations Research (robust optimization and convex optimization) from MIT. After PhD, Dr. Sun did a one-year postdoc at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.

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Dr. Sun's research has won several research awards, including

  • Best Paper published in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems in 2017 - 2019
  • INFORMS Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment (ENRE) Best Paper Award in Energy, 2019
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2018
  • The Best Paper Award in the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) Energy Track, 2018
  • INFORMS Energy, Natural Resource, and Environment (ENRE) Best Paper Award in Energy, 2017
  • INFORMS Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment (ENRE) Best Paper in Energy Award, Honorable Mention, 2015
  • INFORMS Junior Faculty Interests Group (JFIG) Paper Competition, the Third Place, 2014
  • George B. Dantzig dissertation award, the Second Prize, 2011

Students’ Awards

Dr. Sun's students also won various awards, including

  • INFORMS Optimization Society Student Paper Prize, Honorable Mention, 2021 Shixuan Zhang
  • The Anderson-Interface Fellowship, ISyE, Georgia Tech, 2021 Amin Gholami
  • The INFORMS George Dantzig Dissertation Award, Finalist, 2017, Alvaro Lorca
  • The INFORMS ENRE Student Best Paper Award, the Second Prize, 2016, Alvaro Lorca
  • The INFORMS Data Mining Society Student Best Paper Award, Finalist, 2015, Murat Yildirim
  • The Alice and John Jarvis Ph.D. Student Research Award in ISyE, Georgia Tech, 2015, Burak Kocuk
  • The INFORMS Undergraduate Research Award, the First Prize, 2014, Hongfan Chen


Dr. Sun's teaching has received many Thanks a Teacher notes from students

  • ISyE 4133 Advanced Optimization, Georgia Tech, Fall 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • ISyE 6230 Economic Decision Analysis II (Applied Game Theory), Georgia Tech, Spring 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • ISyE 6669 Deterministic Optimization, Fall 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • ISyE 6673 Finaincal Optimization, Spring 2020
  • New course: ISyE 8803 Energy Systems Optimization, Spring 2016
  • New course: ISyE 8813 Modern optimization for energy and complex engineering systems, Spring 2017

Professional Experience