Mauricio G. C. Resende was born in Maceió, Alagoas, in northeastern Brazil on July 27, 1955, son of Roberto Resende and Renalva de Carvalho Resende. He lived in Rio de Janeiro until age four, when he moved to the campus of Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, where his father was a professor. Brothers Roberto and Marcio were born in 1958 and 1961, respectively.
In 1962, Mauricio's father began graduate school in the U.S. and his family moved there with him for a four year period. Roberto Resende earned a Master of Science in Food Science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in 1963, and a Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology, from the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1966. Mauricio attended 2nd grade through 5th grade during these years in the US. In the summer of 1965, Mauricio traveled to Canada with his family on a one-month camping trip.
Moving back to Rio de Janeiro, Mauricio was enrolled at the American School (Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro) where he attended 6th grade through 12th grade, graduating in June 1973. Mauricio traveled with friends to England in 1971 and Europe (Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, France, and England) in 1972-3. During these years Mauricio developed a passion for soccer, supporting Botafogo, and playing first- string goalkeeper at his high school. Mauricio traveled with his high school soccer and volleyball varsity teams to São Paulo, Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Lima (Peru).
Mauricio studied at Curso Vetor from March to December 1973 preparing for the 1974 university entrance exams. He passed to his first choice, engineering at PUC-Rio, the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. During two southern summers, Mauricio traveled by car with friends to Chile, Argentina, and Paraguay (1975-6) and to the Amazon River and northeastern Brazil (1976-7). In June of 1978, he graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree with concentration in Systems Engineering.
After graduating from PUC-Rio, Mauricio began a one-year Master of Science in Operations Research program at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where he graduated in August 1979.
Upon returning to Rio in September 1979, Mauricio joined the Methods and Modeling group at Furnas Centrais Elétricas, a large electrical power company.
In 1981, Mauricio married Lucia Polverelli. Their wedding was in Rio de Janeiro. They spent their honeymoon in Bariloche, Argentina.
In August 1982, Mauricio and Lucia moved to California, where they enrolled at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California, Berkeley. Lucia Resende, who also studied Electrical Engineering (concentration in Systems Engineering) at PUC-Rio, earned a Master of Science in 1984 and a Ph.D. in 1988, both in Operations Research. Mauricio studied under C. Roger Glassey on scheduling of semiconductor manufacturing, earning a Ph.D. in Operations Research in August 1987. While at Berkeley, he also worked with Ilan Adler (together with Narendra Karmarkar and Geraldo Veiga) on Karmarkar's interior point algorithm for linear programming. At the Spring 1986 TIMS/ORSA meeting in Los Angeles, they presented the first empirical evidence that interior point methods could solve linear programs faster than the simplex method. Mauricio was a part-time consultant on semiconductor manufacturing scheduling at Fairchild Semiconductor Research in Palo Alto (California) from 1985 to 1987, where he developed a research simulator which was the basis for ManSimTM, a manufacturing simulator marketed by Tyecin Systems. During the years at Berkeley, Mauricio and Lucia traveled numerous times to Rio, and once to Peru (Lima, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu) where Mauricio's father was on a United Nations assignment.
During the year following his Ph.D. Mauricio continued his research with Narendra Karmarkar on interior point methods, working as a full-time consultant at AT&T's Advanced Decision Support Systems (ADSS). He also collaborated with Tom Feo, of the University of Texas at Austin, on the development of GRASP, publishing the first paper on this metaheuristic in 1989.
On December 31, 1987, Mauricio and Lucia's first child, a daughter, was born. Sasha arrived when her mom still had nine months to go on her Ph.D. dissertation.
On August 3, 1991, Mauricio and Lucia's second child was born. This time it was a son, Alec.
In August 1988, Mauricio joined the Mathematical Foundations of Computing Department at the Mathematical Sciences Research Center of AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. He has remained in this department (which was renamed Algorithms and Optimization Research Department after the divestiture of AT&T and Lucent) until the present.On August 25, 1999, Mauricio became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America. He still maintains Brazilian citizenship.
Currently, he is a Lead Member of Technical Staff at the Algorithms and Optimization Research Department of the Internet and Network Systems Research Center of AT&T Labs Research.
He is on the editorial boards of Investigação Operacional - The Journal of the Portuguese Association of Operational Research, Pesquisa Operacional - The Journal of the Brazilian Operational Research Society, Combinatorial Algorithms Test Sets (CATS): The ACM/EATCS Platform for Experimental Research, Computational Optimization and Applications, Journal of Combinatorial Optimization, Investigación Operativa, Journal of Global Optimization, Journal of Heuristics, and Networks. He is a Permanent Member of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science ( DIMACS) at Rutgers University and External Member of the Computational Optimization Research Center ( CORC) at Columbia University.Mauricio's research interests include combinatorial optimization, engineering of algorithms, networks and graphs, interior point methods, massive data sets, mathematical programming, metaheuristics, network design, operations research modeling, and parallel computing.
Mauricio's work has taken him around the world, to the US (including Alaska), Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Uruguay, Austria, and Iceland.