I am an assistant professor in the Operations Research and Industrial Engineering graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). Before joining UT, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. I received both PhD and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University. During my graduate study, I was a visiting researcher at INRIA, Paris. My current research interests are in nonlinear optimization and its applications in machine learning.