Venkat Chandrasekaran is a Professor at Caltech in Computing and Mathematical Sciences and in Electrical Engineering.  He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in June 2011 from MIT, and he received a B.A. in Mathematics as well as a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in May 2005 from Rice University.  He was awarded the Jin-Au Kong Dissertation Prize for the best doctoral thesis in Electrical Engineering at MIT (2012), the Best Paper Prize for Young Researchers in Continuous Optimization (at the 4th ICCOPT of the Mathematical Optimization Society, 2013), the Sloan Research Fellowship in Mathematics (2016), and the INFORMS Optimization Society Prize for Young Researchers (2016).  He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry.  His research interests broadly lie in mathematical optimization and its interface with topics in the information sciences.