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