Ph.D. students and postdocs

I was gratified to receive the campus-wide Graduate Mentoring Award in 2020. To find more information about my broader “academic family,” visit my genealogy entry.


in alphabetical order

Xing Gao
Ph.D. in Mathematics, in progress
Saeid Hajizadeh
Ph.D. in Mathematics, in progress (co-advised with Haihao Lu)
Thomas Maranzatto
Ph.D. in Mathematics, in progress
Neshat Mohammadi
Ph.D. in Computer Science, in progress (co-advised with Anastasios Sidiropoulos)
Aditya Potukuchi
Research Assistant Professor (postdoc), 2020 -- present (co-mentored with Will Perkins)


in reverse chronological order

Shelby Heinecke
Ph.D. Mathematics, 2020
"Resilient Structures and Robust Machine Learning Algorithms"

current position: Research Scientist at Salesforce
(Salesforce was Shelby's first employer after UIC.)
Mano Vikash Janardhanan
Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2019
"Algorithms for Learning Networks and Learning from Networks"

current position: Quantitative Researcher in Balyasny Asset Management
first position: Applied Research Scientist at Lifion by ADP
Benjamin Fish
Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2018
"New Models and Algorithms for Data Analysis"

current position: Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan
first position: Postdoctoral Researcher at MSR Montréal and the Mila-Quebec AI Institute
Yi Huang
Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2017
"Problems in Learning under Limited Resources and Information"

current position: Scientific Staff at Brookhaven National Laboratory
first position: Postdoctoral Scholar at University of Chicago
Ádám D. Lelkes
Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2017 (co-advised with György Turán)
"Algorithms and Complexity Results for Big Data"

current position: Software Engineer at Google Research
(Google Research was Ádám's first employer after UIC.)
Li Wang
Research Assistant Professor (postdoc), 2015 -- 2017
mathematical optimization, tensors, large-data, machine learning

current position: Assistant Professor at University of Texas at Arlington
(UT Arlington was Li's first employer after UIC.)
Jeremy Kun
Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2016
"Graphs, New Models, and Complexity"

current position: Software Engineer at Google
first position: Bitcoin Protocol Engineer at 21 Inc.