Sandy Irani is the associate director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley in 1991, after which she was a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC San Diego. In 1992, she joined the faculty of UC Irvine, where she is currently a full professor. Much of her research has focused on algorithm design and analysis, with an emphasis on applications to computing systems. More recently, she has been working in quantum computation and quantum information science. Sandy’s record of distinguished service includes two stints as chair of CS at UC Irvine, as well as an appointment as interim associate dean for undergraduate education; she also served as chair of the Ad Hoc Committee to Combat Sexual Harassment in the Theory of Computing Community.