Alexandra Kolla has been an assistant professor in the Computer Science department at UIUC since 2012. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley in 2009, where her advisor was Umesh Vazirani. After completing her doctoral work, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study and at Microsoft Research in Redmond. Her research interests include spectral graph theory, algorithms, complexity, convex programming and quantum computing. Professor Kolla is particularly interested in the use of spectral methods in graph algorithms.