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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. 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. At age eight, Mauricio began playing the clarinet. 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 friend Nigel Pegler to England in 1971 and Renato Padovani to 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. After graduating from PUC-Rio, Mauricio began dating his future wife, Lucia Polverelli. Two month later, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia and began a one-year Master of Science in Operations Research program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He graduated in August 1979. 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.