My name is Kellie MacPhee, and I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Mathematics Department at the University of Washington.

My academic interests are in optimization and variational analysis, with connections to data science and machine learning. I am also working towards the Advanced Data Science Option along with my Ph.D. In Summer 2018 I was a Data Science for Social Good Fellow at the University of Washington's eScience Institute, where I worked on a project exploring equity of access to summer educational resources.

Below you will find information about my contact info, research, teaching, and other activities. For more details, see my Linked In profile.

Contact Info

Email: kmacphee (at) uw (dot) edu
Office: Padelford C-018


As mentioned above, my research interests are in optimization and variational analysis. My Ph.D. advisor is Professor Dmitriy Drusvyatskiy. If you are interested in optimization at the UW, I encourage you to check out the interdepartmental TOPS and CORE seminars, as well as the Machine Learning and Theory group seminars in CSE.


  1. Stochastic model-based minimization under high-order growth, with D. Davis and D. Drusvyatskiy.
    arXiv preprint, 2018.
  2. Subgradient methods for sharp weakly convex functions, with D. Davis, D. Drusvyatskiy, and C. Paquette.
    Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 179(3), 2018.
  3. Foundations of gauge and perspective duality, with A.Y. Aravkin, J.V. Burke, D. Drusvyatskiy, and M.P. Friedlander.
    SIAM Journal on Optimization, 28(3), 2018.
  4. Subtrees of graphs, with A. Chin, G. Gordon, and C. Vincent.
    Journal of Graph Theory, 2018.
  5. Pick a Tree - Any Tree, with A. Chin, G. Gordon,and C. Vincent.
    American Mathematical Monthly, 122(5), May 2015.
    ★ Earned the MAA's Paul R. Halmos-Lester R. Ford Award (2016) for outstanding exposition.


  1. West Coast Optimization Meeting (WCOM); UBC Okanagan; Oct 6, 2018
  2. SIAM Conference on Optimization; Vancouver, BC; May 2017
  3. Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM); Baltimore, MD; Jan 2014 (with A. Chin and C. Vincent)
  4. MAA MathFest; Hartford, CT; Aug 2013 (with A. Chin and C. Vincent)
  5. WiMiN; Smith College, MA; Sept 2013


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