Ying Cui is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that appointment, she was a postdoc research associate in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California working with Professor Jong-Shi Pang. Cui completed her PhD in Mathematics at the National University of Singapore. Her research focuses on the mathematical foundation of data science with emphasis on optimization techniques for operations research, machine learning and statistical estimations. She is particularly interested in leveraging nonsmoothness to design efficient algorithms for large scale nonlinear optimization problems. She is the co-author of the recently published monograph ``Modern Nonconvex Nondifferenable Optimization’'.