Raissa D'Souza
University of California, Davis
email: raissa at cse.ucdavis.edu

         Brief bio:

Raissa D'Souza is the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Engineering at UC Davis as well as Professor of Computer Science and of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She is a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors at Science, and was a Founding Lead Editor at Physical Review Research of the American Physical Society. She received a PhD in Statistical Physics from MIT in 1999, then was a postdoctoral fellow, first in Fundamental Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Bell Laboratories, and then in the Theory Group at Microsoft Research. Her interdisciplinary work on network theory and complex systems spans the fields of statistical physics, theoretical computer science and applied math, and has appeared in journals such as Science, PNAS, Physical Review Letters, and Nature Physics. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (class of 2016), a Fellow of the Network Science Society (class of 2019), and has received numerous honors such as the inaugural Euler Award of the Network Science Society in 2019, the 2018 ACM Test-of-Time award, and the 2017 UC Davis College of Engineering Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Research Award. She has served on the editorial board of numerous international mathematics and physics journals and has organized key scientific meetings like NetSci 2014. She was a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems, and served as President of the Network Science Society, 2015-18.