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Brief Bio

Anke van Zuylen is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics department.

She defended her PhD thesis "God does not play dice... and neither should approximation algorithms" in the spring of 2008 at Cornell University, where David P. Williamson was her advisor. The research in her thesis was awarded an Honorable Mention at the prestigious George Nicholson Student Paper competition in 2008, and a Best Student Paper award at the European Symposium on Algorithms in the same year.

After obtaining her PhD, she worked two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She then spent two years at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany, as the first recipient of the Lise Meitner Award Fellowship for Excellent Women in Computer Science. At both institutes she did research and developed and taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.

She joined the Mathematics Department at William & Mary in the fall of 2012, where she teaches in the undergraduate mathematics curriculum, and in the graduate program in Computational Operations Research. In 2018, she received a W&M Alumni Faculty Fellowship Award.