Practice Leaders

Steve Sashihara

Optimization Practice Leader

President and Chief Executive Officer

Steve co-founded Princeton Consultants in 1980 to create a unique consulting firm that would blend advanced analytics, data science and management consulting.  Steve is the author of The Optimization Edge: Reinventing Decision Making to Maximize All Your Company's Assets (McGraw Hill: 2011), the first non-technical book to explain optimization to the busy business executive.  He represents Princeton Consultants in the INFORMS Roundtable, a group representing leaders in applied optimization for large businesses.  Steve graduated in 1980 from Princeton University and serves on its Advisory Council for the department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering


Dinesh Maneyapanda

Optimization Practice Director

With 20 years of experience at Princeton Consultants, Dinesh leads the client-facing project management for our custom optimization practice.  He has a remarkable track record in the design and development of workflow and technology solutions and HR best practices.  A senior project director with strategic insight and broad field experience, Dinesh frequently tours clients’ sites, observing and interviewing executives about their core operations and decision making regarding high-value assets.  He graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. 


Dr. Irv Lustig

Optimization Principal

Irv leads our development of custom optimization software. An internationally recognized leader in Operations Research and Advanced Analytics, Irv joined Princeton Consultants from IBM Research, where he cultivated state-of-the-art approaches for the next generation of optimization/business integration. Irv received Sc.B. and Sc.M. degrees in Applied Mathematics/Computer Science from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Stanford University, where he studied under George Dantzig, a founder of linear programming. Irv He has authored more than 30 articles and scientific papers and has received the Beale-Orchard prize for excellence in computational mathematical programming.