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Michael Grant

  • Ph.D.
  • Chief Technologist
  • Tune Energy
  • 7PublicationsNumber of items in Michael's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 36Followers

Recent publications

  • TFOCS: Templates for First-Order Conic Solvers

    • Becker S
    • Candès E
    • Grant M
  • Disciplined Convex Programming

    • Grant M

Professional experience

Chief Technologist

Tune Energy

September 2010 - Present

Guest Lecturer

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

January 2009 - Present


CVX Research

November 2007 - Present

Staff Scientist

Applied and Computational Mathematics, California Institute of Technology

July 2008 - February 2012(4 years)

Chief Engineer

Cardinal Optimization

February 2007 - December 2011(5 years)

Research Associate

Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University

May 2006 - April 2007(a year)

Consulting Assistant Professor

Information Systems Laboratory, Stanford University

August 2005 - June 2006(10 months)

Algorithm Design Engineer

Cisco Systems, Inc.

November 1998 - July 2001(3 years)

Algorithm Design Engineer

Clarity Wireless, Inc. (acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc.)

August 1998 - November 1998(3 months)

Co-founder and Vice President of Product Development

Numerical Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Synopsys)

October 1995 - January 1998(2 years)


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering

Stanford University

June 1992 - January 2005(13 years)

M.S., Electrical Engineering

Stanford University

August 1990 - June 1992(2 years)

B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin

August 1986 - May 1990(4 years)


Michael Grant is an independent researcher and consultant in computational mathematics, specializing in optimization, signal processing, and simulation. He is the primary developer and maintainer of CVX, a modeling framework for disciplined convex programming. As of April 2009, CVX had been incorporated into coursework in at least 29 universities and used in some capacity in over 120 additional universities, research institutions, and corporations. Dr. Grant received a B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the The University of Texas at Austin in 1990; and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1992 and 2005, respectively, as part of the Information Systems Laboratory. He was the recipient of a National Merit Scholarship, a Virginia and Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Scholarship in Engineering, and a National Science Foundation Fellowship. After the completion of his doctorate, Dr. Grant remained at Stanford to serve as a consulting assistant professor in the Information Systems Laboratory. He also served as a research associate in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering, where he assisted in the development of the Smart Fields Consortium, a multidisciplinary program tasked with applying advanced optimization methods to petroleum reservoir development. In the 1990s, Dr. Grant was a co-founder and vice president of product development at Numerical Technologies, Inc. (later acquired by Synopsys), which applied advanced numerical methods to the simulation, verification, and design of the semiconductor lithography process. He was also an early contributor to Clarity Wireless, Inc. (later acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc.), which designed and produced advanced wireless networking algorithms, chipsets, and equipment. In addition to the continued development of CVX, Dr. Grant is a co-founder and chief engineer of Cardinal Optimization Inc., a company devoted to the commercialization of several optimization-based localization technologies. He holds a part-time position as Staff Scientist in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology, where he participates in research in the area of compressed sensing. In addition, he teaches an annual, graduate-level course in Nonlinear Programming for the Operations Research and Industrial Engineering Group at the The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Grant currently lives in Austin, TX, where he enjoys spending time with his wife Callie and daughter Anna, indulging in a few video games, and serving in his church.


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