Bio

Academic appointments

  • (2017-) Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at IIT

  • (2013-2017) Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at IIT

  • (2011-2013) Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at Penn State.

  • (2008-2011) Research Assistant Professor (post-doc) at UIC.

  • 2008 PhD, Mathematics, University of Kentucky, under the direction of Uwe Nagel.

Research interests

  • Mathematical statistics and algebraic statistics

  • Random graph (network) models

  • Computational algebraic statistics

  • Randomization in computational algebra

  • Combinatorial and algebraic methods in statistics and data science

  • Algebraic methods phylogenetics (computational biology).

Visiting positions

Professional membership

  • International Statistics Institute (ISI Elected Member since 2015)

  • American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Chicago chapter.

  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Activity Group on Algebraic Geometry (SI(AG)^2).

  • American Mathematical Society (AMS)

  • Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM).

Outreach

  • I am an alumni mentor for the University of Kentucky Graduate Scholars in Mathematics Program.

  • In 2020, while teaching online and developing a new graduate course in analytics, I have focused a good portion of my energy redefining what education and research mean to me in a post-COVID world. I've founded what's grown into a grassroots university-wide initiative at Illinois Tech on Socially Responsible Modeling, Computation, and Design (SoReMo).

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