## Biography

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 lie in
mathematical optimization and its applications in the information
sciences.