R. Tyrrell Rockafellar

Department of Mathematics
Box 354350
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4350
Fax: (206) 543-0397
E-Mail: rtr@uw.edu

I completed my undergraduate work at Harvard in 1957, and my graduate work in 1963 at Harvard as well, after a two-year interruption with travel. My research interests span convex and variational analysis as inspired by problems of optimization, with emphasis on applications to stochastic programming, optimal control, economics, finance, and engineering. My outdoor interests are optimized at mountain hiking, sea-kayaking, beach life and landscape gardening.
  • Vita (basic)
  • About my name and its other forms: Terry Rockafellar, R. T. Rockafellar, and Ralph T. Rockafellar
  • Interview 2011 (NUS, Singapore)
  • Travels


  • Publications (for individual downloading)
  • Publication list (pdf)
  • Presentations Given at Conferences and Seminars
  • Google Scholar page
  • Former PhD students (Seattle)


  • An Overview of Variational Analysis (Shenzhen, December 2021, virtual): abstract, video-1, video-2, video-3, video-4, video-5
  • Hidden Convexity in Nonconvex Optimization (Montreal, October 2021, virtual): video , typos
  • Newcastle Talks on Risk (February 2010)
  • Berlin Talks on Risk (January 2009)
  • Coherent Approaches to Risk (INFORMS 2007)
  • Fundamentals of Optimization (course notes from the past)
  • Optimization Under Uncertainty (course notes from the past)

    Longtime Collaborators

  • Asen Dontchev (died September 2021) memorial video
  • Alejandro Jofre
  • Johannes Royset
  • Jie Sun
  • Stan Uryasev
  • Roger Wets


  • Some scenes of Seattle and its surroundings