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Cheng Guo (郭成)

Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences, Clemson University

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences at Clemson University (Subfaculty: Operations Research).

My research is in the intersection of optimization and economics, with a focus on energy markets and power systems. Classical economic equilibrium models often assume convexity and certainty, while in modern energy markets we need to consider nonconvex physical constraints and uncertainty of renewable production. One theme of my research is to design mechanisms and models that deal with those issues. Additionally, power system optimization models are often large-scale and nonlinear, and as a result computationally difficult. Another theme of my research is to use decomposition and convex relaxation methods to solve those models more efficiently.

I obtained my Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at University of Toronto in 2021, advised by Merve Bodur. I received M.S. in Operations Research from Columbia University in 2017, and my B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Mathematics from Wuhan University in 2015. You can find my CV here.

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Note that I am not the only person called Cheng Guo at Clemson University. There is another Cheng Guo and he is a Ph.D. student in the School of Computing.

Research Interests

  • Application areas: Energy markets, Nonconvex market pricing, Power systems, Computational mechanism design, Healthcare.

  • Methodologies: Copositive programming, Stochastic programming, Integer programming, Mixed-integer nonlinear programming, Decomposition methods.


Prospective students: I am looking for Ph.D. students with background and interests in optimization, energy markets, math, and economics. If you are interested in working with me, feel free to send me an email and include an introduction of your background & research interests.


  • November, 2021: Working remotely from New York City till August 2022. Let me know if you are around and would like to have a coffee together!

  • August 5th, 2021: Defended my Ph.D..