# Current Members

## Vasilis Gkatzelis

Vasilis Gkatzelis is an assistant professor in computer science at Drexel University. He previously held positions as a postdoctoral scholar at the computer science departments of UC Berkeley and Stanford University, and as a research fellow at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. He received his PhD from the Courant Institute of New York University and his research focuses on problems in algorithmic game theory and approximation algorithms.

## Manolis Pountourakis

Manolis Pountourakis is an assistant professor in computer science at Drexel University. He previously held positions as a postdoctoral fellow at the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Texas at Austin and as a research fellow at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. He received his PhD from Northwestern University in 2017 and was a long-term visitor at Microsoft Research New England from 2014 to 2016. His research focuses on algorithmic game theory, algorithmic mechanism design, and approximation algorithms.

## Dan Schoepflin

Daniel Schoepflin is a PhD student at Drexel University, where he is advised by Vasilis Gkatzelis. His research focuses on algorithmic game theory and combinatorial optimization. In particular, he is interested in multi-agent resource allocation problems. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Drexel University. He has been a member of the reading group since the winter of 2018.

## Jeromy Guinther

Jeromy Guinther is a PhD student at Drexel University, where he is advised by Vasilis Gkatzelis. An active duty Air Force officer, he is currently stationed at Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. Jeromy’s interests include complexity theory, approximation algorithms, and games. He is currently working on applying hardness of approximation to problems in algorithmic game theory and multi-agent resource allocation. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2002, and most recently received his Masters Degree in Computer Science from Drexel in 2017. He has been a member of the reading group since the winter of 2018.

## Steve Earth

Steve Earth is a PhD student in Drexel's Computer Science department, under advisors Jeremy Johnson and Bruce Char, with a particular research interest in leveraging gamification principles to STEM education. Steve has over 25 years experience as a high school math teacher (M.Ed from Harvard Univ) and his background is primarily in mathematics (M.S. from Carnegie Mellon Univ). He has been a member of the reading group since the summer of 2018.

## Patrick Brinich

Patrick Brinich is a PhD student at Drexel University under Jeremy Johnson. His research interests include Programming Languages and Formal Verification, but he also enjoys topics related to theory of computation, mathematical logic, and anything with algorithmic substance. Patrick received a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in German from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the reading group since the summer of 2018.

## Xizhi Tan

Xizhi Tan is a PhD student at Drexel University advised by Vasilis Gkatzelis. She received her degree in mathematics from Drexel, where she worked with Prof. Thomas Yu in nonlinear optimization that discusses some fundamental geometric properties of various gradient descent algorithms and Newton’s methods, and with Prof. Gideon Simpson in implementing methods for numerical integration of stochastic differential equations. She hopes to explore more in the theoretical computation and scientific computation field. She has been a member of the reading group since the fall of 2019.

## Hariharan Narayanan

Hariharan Narayanan is a PhD student with the ECE department at Drexel University, advised by Prof. Steven Weber. His research focuses on modelling, designing, and performance analysis of communication networks by using tools from stochastic processes and combinatorial optimization. He is interested in studying mechanism design for systems involving strategic networked agents and queueing theory. He obtained his Masters in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas Arlington and was a control systems design engineer in the oil and gas industry for over 8 years. He has been a member of the reading group since the fall of 2019.

## Cassidy Buhler

Cassidy Buhler is a PhD student with the Decision Sciences department at Drexel University, advised by Prof. Hande Benson. Her research focuses on continuous and mixed-integer programming, particularly in solving large-scale optimization problems with applications in business analytics and machine learning. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Utah where she worked on modeling androgen deprivation therapy for metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer as dynamic systems with Prof. Frederick Adler. She has been a member of the reading group since the summer of 2020.

## Daniel Schwartz

Daniel Schwartz is a PhD student at Drexel. He previously received an accelerated B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Drexel. He is interested in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and optimization. He has worked with Dr. Brian Stuart implementing Adaptive Probabilistic Finite Automata, and with Dr. Bill Mongan in the Drexel Wireless Systems Lab developing an algorithm that optimizes data collected from multisensor fusion. Additionally, he is working closely with Dr. Ali Shokoufandeh, learning key concepts of Deep Learning and Convex Optimization. He has been a member of the reading group since the winter of 2019.

## Hunter Heidenreich

Hunter Heidenreich is a senior at Drexel University majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in AI and Algorithms. Specifically, he is interested in natural language processing, reinforcement learning, and, all things optimization . During his time at Drexel, he has worked for SAP Conversational AI as a data scientist and in the ExCITe Center as a STAR Researcher working with Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs). He has been a member of the reading group since the fall of 2018.

## Minh Le

Minh Le is currently a senior at Drexel University, pursuing a degree in Computer Science, with concentrations in Artificial Intelligence and Data Structures & Algorithms. Previously, she has worked with Professor Andrea Forte in the Drexel Social Computing Group doing human-computer interaction research as a STAR scholar, and under Professor John Megdalia developing web interface for testing cognitive flexibility. She has been a member of the reading group since the fall of 2019.

## Rishi Patel

Rishi Patel is a senior at Drexel, double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. His interests include the applications of mathematics to computer science. He has previously researched type systems and he spent two terms as a research co-op conducting research in the design and analysis of ascending auctions. He has also previously worked as a software engineer for Lockheed Martin. He has been a member of the reading group since the fall of 2018.

## Nick DeFilippis

Nick DeFilippis is junior at Drexel, pursuing a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science and a minor in Astrophysics. His interests are in using mathematics and computer science to develop solutions to real-world problems. He has previously conducted research involving the interaction of planetary systems with stellar bodies, and he currently works in the Data Normalization and Adaptation group at Susquehanna International Group. He has been a member of the reading group since the winter of 2019.

## Marius Garbea

Marius Garbea is a junior at Drexel, double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. He is from Romania and came to Drexel after focusing on computer science in general and data structures and algorithms in particular during high school. He is interested in algorithms that span the blockchain space, such as decentralization, cryptography, consensus in networks, and game theory. He has been a member of the reading group since the fall of 2018.

## Stephen Hansen

Stephen Hansen is a junior at Drexel University, pursuing an accelerated B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. He has worked in the Drexel Wireless Systems Lab as part of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program, continuing his research established from the STAR Scholars program on developing efficient signal processing algorithms for the Bellyband project. He has also worked as a software developer for the Fixed Income Technology team at Susquehanna International Group, as a software developer for the Video IP Engineering and Research team at Comcast, and as a teaching assistant for the College of Computing and Informatics. He has been a member of the reading group since the fall of 2019.

## Yusuf Ozaydin

Yusuf Ozaydin is a junior at Drexel University’s B.S. in Computer Science. He is interested in A.I. and machine learning, and wishes to pursue a career focused on Machine Learning. He has been a member of the reading group since the fall of 2019.

## Damien Prieur

Damien Prieur graduated from Drexel with a major in Computer Science and a minor in mathematics, and concentrations in Artificial Intelligence and Data Structures & Algorithms. He is interested in physics and robotics. He previously worked as an embedded systems software developer. He has been a member of the reading group since the fall of 2019.

## Isaiah Siegl

Isaiah Siegl is a junior at Drexel, pursuing a major in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. He is interested in algebra and combinatorics. He currently works on natural language processing at Independence Blue Cross. He has been a member of the reading group since the winter of 2019.

## Mathilda Nguyen

Mathilda Nguyen is a sophomore at Drexel University, pursuing a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science, with concentrations in AI and Algorithms. Her current interests are natural language processing, big data, and mathematical chaos. She is currently a member of Drexel Wireless Lab as part of the Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) program. She has been a member of the reading group since the summer of 2020.

## Pranav Garimidi

Pranav Garimidi is a freshman at Columbia University, pursuing a degree in Computer Science. He joined the reading group as a junior in high school. His research project during high school focused on the fair allocation of indivisible goods, and led to a AAAI submission. He has been a member of the reading group since the fall of 2018.

# Alumni

## Safa Aman

Safa Aman graduated from Drexel University in 2020, with a B.S and M.S in Computer Science, and with a minor in Economics. She subsequently joined Google. Her interests include human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, and algorithms. Safa has previously worked with Dr. Erin Solovey’s Advanced Interaction Research Group as a STAR Scholar. At Drexel, she is an active Student Ambassador and has been the President of the Women in Computing Society for 2 years. She has been a member of the reading group since the winter of 2019.

## Enioluwa Segun

Enioluwa Segun graduated from Drexel University in 2020 with a degree in Computer Science, with a focus in Computing Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Data Structures & Algorithms. He subsequently joined Microsoft. He has worked as a STAR scholar under Dr. Erin Solovey, researching intelligent learning systems at the Advanced Interactions Research lab, and with Dr. Bill Mongan, researching efficient, scalable systems for data collection and processing in IoT environments. He has been a member of the theory reading group since the fall of 2019.

## Lucas Vitalos

Lucas Vitalos graduated from Drexel University in 2020, with a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. He is interested in discrete mathematics and artificial intelligence, and he plans to pursue work related to AI and machine learning. He has been a member of the reading group since the fall of 2019.

## Bailey Flanigan

Bailey Flanigan was a visiting researcher at Drexel University during the 2018-19 academic year. She then joined computer science PhD program at Carnegie Mellon University. She is interested in questions at the intersection of computational game theory and networks. Prior to Drexel, she was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Yale Department of Economics. She received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

## Curtis Bechtel

Curtis Bechtel graduated from Drexel University in 2019 with a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Computer Science. After graduation, he entered a PhD program at the University of Southern California. He is interested broadly in theoretical computer science with a focus on algorithms, graph theory, and algorithmic game theory. He previously worked as a software developer for the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, New Jersey, where he helped develop a large-scale parallel data analysis system.

## Ross Griebenow

Ross graduated from Drexel University in 2019, with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. He is interested in information theory, machine learning, graph theory, artificial life, and the thermodynamics of computation.

## Rob Ross

Rob graduated summa cum laude in 2019 as with a CS major and math minor as the only student in the class with a 4.0 GPA upon graduation. While at Drexel, Rob researched graph theory as a STAR scholar, worked on signal processing algorithms with the Drexel Wireless Systems Lab’s Bellyband project, and lead a senior design team to develop a CNN capable of detecting certain types of cells in human tissue slides. Rob is a Goldwater Scholar and has presented his research at IEEE-SPMB, NCRC, and NCUR. In July 2019, Rob began a position as a machine learning research scientist at Riverside Research.

## Joe Urbano

Joe Urbano received both a bachelor's and master's degree in Computer Science through the BSMS program of Drexel University in 2019. His interests are in the applications of algorithms and AI, specifically in the areas of machine learning and computer vision. In addition to serving as a teaching assistant for the College of Computing and Informatics, he has most recently worked for Bentley Systems, where he contributed to a cloud-based 3D-model synchronization application.

## Craig Carr

Craig Carr received a B.S. in Software Engineering from Drexel University, with minors in Mathematics and Economics in 2018. After graduating, he joined OSIsoft as a software developer, where he works on building software infrastructure for industrial IoT applications. As a hobbyist in mathematics, he focuses on applications of algorithms to network protocols and distributed computing.