Renee Mirka

Hello! I am a first-year Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department at Cornell University . Prior to this I received my M.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego and my B.S. summa cum laude in Computer Science with a second major in Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis where I also received the Outstanding Senior Award in Computer Science and Engineering and Highest Distinction in Mathematics. I was also fortunate to intern with the U.S. Department of Defense and MasterCard in the summers of 2014 and 2015, respectively. You can find a copy of my CV here .

My research interests lie broadly in the area of theoretical computer science and combinatorics. More specifically, I am interested in exploiting combinatorial structures to find efficient approximation algorithms and solve discrete optimization problems.

Office: Gates G23

Research and Publications


I am currently a teaching assistant for CS 2850 Networks. In the past, I have had the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant and grader for a variety of courses. I have included the student evaluations for the courses for which I have them.

Course Session Role Evals
Math 184A- Combinatorics (UCSD) Spring 2019 TA Evals
Math 187A- Cryptography (UCSD) Winter 2019 TA Evals
Math 109- Mathematical Reasoning (UCSD) Fall 2018 TA Evals
Math 20B- Calculus II (UCSD) Summer Session II 2018 TA Evals
Math 109- Mathematical Reasoning (UCSD) Summer Session I 2018 TA Evals
Math 152- Game Theory (UCSD) Spring 2018 TA Evals
Math 109- Mathematical Reasoning (UCSD) Winter 2018 TA Evals
Math 20E- Vector Calculus (UCSD) Fall 2017 TA Evals
CSE 516A- Multi-Agent Systems (WUSTL) Spring 2017 TA
CSE 347T- Analysis of Algorithms (WUSTL) Spring 2017 TA
CSE 513T- Theory of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (WUSTL) Fall 2016 Grader
Math 310- Foundations for Higher Math (WUSTL) Spring 2016 Grader
Math 309- Matrix Algebra (WUSTL) Fall 2015 Grader
CSE 132- Computer Science II (WUSTL) Summer 2015 TA
CSE 131- Computer Science I (WUSTL) Spring 2015 TA
Physics 192- Physics II (WUSTL) Spring 2015 Help Desk Tutor
Physics 191- Physics I (WUSTL) Fall 2014 Help Desk Tutor



In my free time I enjoy hiking with my dog , playing soccer, solving puzzles, reading books, playing board games, and watching movies.

Last updated: 9/9/19