Raissa M. D'Souza, PhD

Raissa D'Souza, PhD

Position Title

  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
3057 Kemper Hall

Raissa D'Souza is Professor of Computer Science and of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, as well as an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. 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, and Physical Review Letters. 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 is currently Lead Editor at Physical Review Research and on the Board of Reviewing Editors at Science. She has also organized key scientific meetings like NetSci 2014, and was a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems. She served as President of the Network Science Society, 2015-18, and as Outgoing President 2018-19.

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