Professor Michael D. Grigoriadis graduated from Robert College in Istanbul in 1958 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He emigrated to US in 1958 to study at Lehigh University, PA. He was awarded a fellowship from IBM to study for his Ph.D in Computer Science, which he completed in 1970 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His thesis was on structured nonlinear programming, written under the supervision of Professor J.B. Rosen, who was well-known for his work on gradient projection method.