of Mathematics Adjunct
Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics
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
My research spans a few areas, including
linear algebra and numerical analysis, stochastic eigenanalysis (a.k.a.
random matrix theory), software development (MOPs),
algorithmic game theory. Topics of current research include
spectra and eigenvectors of random graphs, beta-ensembles of random
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).