## BiographyMert Gürbüzbalaban received the B.S. in mathematics and the B.S. in Electrical Engineering degrees as a valedictorian from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2005, the “Diplôme d’ingénieur” degree from École Polytechnique, France in 2009, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, in 2009 and in 2012, respectively. His research interests lie in the broad area of optimization, numerical linear algebra, control theory, signal processing, and scientific computing. Dr. Gürbüzbalaban received the Kurt Friedrichs Prize (given by the Courant Institute of New York University for an outstanding thesis) in 2013, Bronze Medal in the École Polytechnique Scientific Project Competition in 2006, the Nadir Orhan Bengisu Award (given by the electrical-electronics engineering department of Boğaziçi University to the best graduating undergraduate student) in 2005 and the Bülent Kerim Altay Award from the Electrical-Electronics Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University in 2001. |