Elias is spending the year as IVADO Postdoctoral Scholar at Polytechnique Montréal and is joining the University of Toronto as Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering starting July 2020. He obtained his PhD in Computational Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech (2019), a MS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech (2014), and a BS in Computer Science from the American University of Beirut (2012). His research interests are in Artificial Intelligence with a focus on machine learning and discrete optimization. He is the recipient of an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship (2016-2017), the First Prize in the poster competition at INFORMS (2017) and the Best Paper Award at the NIPS Workshop on Frontiers of Network Analysis (2013). Elias has interned at IBM Research and Symantec Research Labs.