Ioana Dumitriu

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Adjunct Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics

Biographical Information

I am a native of Bucharest, Romania. I came to the United States in 1995 to do my undergraduate studies at NYU, which I completed summa cum laude in 1999, with a BA in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. Then I went on to receive a PhD in Applied Mathematics in 2003 from MIT (under the guidance of Professor Alan Edelman), and spent the next three years as a Miller Research Fellow at UC Berkeley (working with Professor James Demmel). I have been on the faculty at UW since 2006, and I was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2010.

I am a member of various professional associations, including SIAM, AWM, and AMS, and also actively involved in the UW chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

My research spans a few areas, including numerical linear algebra and numerical analysis, stochastic eigenanalysis (a.k.a. random matrix theory), spectra of random graphs and associated problems, software development (MOPs), and algorithmic game theory. Topics of current research include spectra and eigenvectors of random graphs, beta-ensembles of random matrices, and the stability of fast, randomized linear algebra algorithms.


My Erdos number is 2, and I have three collaborators with Erdos number 1 (Joel Spencer, Prasad Tetali, and Peter Winkler).

Here is my list of collaborators, in alphabetical order: Grey Ballard, Gerandy Brito, Jim Demmel, Alan Edelman, Peter Forrester, Christopher Hoffman, Shirshendu Ganguly, Olga Holtz, Bobby Kleinberg, Plamen Koev, Soumik Pal, Mary Radcliffe, Etienne Rassart, Gene Shuman, Joel Spencer, Prasad Tetali, Linh V. Tran, Peter Winkler, Catherine Yan.

I have graduated two PhD students, Elliot Paquette (2013) and Toby Johnson (2014); both won NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships. I am currently advising Shirshendu Ganguly and Gerandy Brito.