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Elizabeth Yang

I am a first year EECS PhD student in the Theory Group at Berkeley, where I am lucky to be advised by Satish Rao. Previously, I was an engineer at Two Sigma Investments from August 2016 to August 2017. I received my BA in Mathematics from Princeton in June 2016, where I had the good fortune to work with Maria Chudnovsky.

My interests will probably still evolve, but I am intrigued by anything graph theoretic. Currently, I am exploring convex geometry, continuous optimization, discrepancy, and approximation algorithms. I have side interests in spectral graph theory, mechanism design, and social networks.


Email: (firstname)_(lastname)@berkeley.edu
Office: 615 Soda Hall


Inclusion of forbidden minors in random representable matroids
Jason Altschuler, Elizabeth Yang. Discrete Mathematics, 2017.

Fun, Unpublished Writings

Some problems in list coloring
Elizabeth Yang, 2016. (Undergraduate Thesis with Maria Chudnovsky at Princeton)

The existence of Steiner systems via ``randomized algebraic construction:'' Concept and implementation
Elizabeth Yang, 2015. (Undergraduate Independent Work with Peter Keevash at Oxford)

Competition graphs induced by permutations
Brian Nakamura, Elizabeth Yang, 2015. (DIMACS REU Project)

Teaching & Mentorship

I am very passionate about STEM outreach, especially getting younger students excited about math. Moving forward, I seek opportunities to promote diversity in these fields.

At Berkeley, I will be a TA for introductory discrete math and probability (CS 70) during Fall 2018. Previous, I was involved with the Berkeley Mathematics Directed Reading Program, Bay Area Graduate Pathways to STEM and Splash at Berkeley.

At Princeton, I was a TA for intro number theory (MAT 214), intro real analysis (MAT 215), group theory (MAT 345), and graph theory (MAT 375). Outside of class, I directed Princeton Splash and helped organize the Princeton University Mathematics Competition. During the summer of 2013, I was also a counselor at both the Ross Mathematics Program and the AwesomeMath Summer Program.