Léonard Boussioux

Ph.D. in Operations Research at MIT


Contact: leobix [at] uw.edu 

About me


I am Léonard, an incoming Assistant Professor in Information Systems and Operations Management at the University of Washington, Foster Business School. I just graduated with my Ph.D. in Operations Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working with Prof. Dimitris Bertsimas

My research bridges operations research with machine learning and artificial intelligence, emphasizing multimodal frameworks and data-driven decision tools. I aim to tackle critical healthcare and sustainability challenges by developing robust, explainable models that harness the power of cutting-edge predictive and prescriptive analytics.

As a dedicated educator, I am passionate about mentoring and teaching students at all levels across subjects such as optimization, data science, machine learning, deep learning, and software analytics tools. I am also committed to creating innovative educational materials that leverage generative AI, empowering more people to contribute analytical solutions for a better world. In recognition of my teaching efforts, I have been honored with three teaching awards from MIT, including the Goodwin Medal, the institute's highest teaching accolade for a student.

Research Internships


Outside of MIT, I interned at Google X, the Moonshot Factory, to advance biodiversity monitoring and ecosystem modeling. I was also a Research Intern at Mila, advised by Prof. Yoshua Bengio, and a Visiting Scholar at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at UC Berkeley.

Research Interests




Centrale Paris engineering school 

Beyond academia, I also pursue my passions as a dedicated naturalist, avid birdwatcher, wildlife photographer, and creative digital artist. You can discover some of my bird photography and AI digital art below and on my Art page!