Ileana Streinu is the Charles N. Clark Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at Smith College, in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her research interests span discrete and computational geometry, rigidity theory, matroids, and graph theory and extend into interdisciplinary directions, ranging from origami and robotics to the emerging ﬁeld of BioGeometry.
Streinu’s current collaborative project with Ciprian S. Borcea aims to publish an accessible book presentation of new geometrical results, including techniques and insights related to protein folding, robot kinematics, and auxetic behavior in crystalline materials.
Streinu earned a PhD in computer science from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Bucharest, in Romania, both in 1994. She received the 2010 David P. Robbins Prize of the American Mathematical Society for her algorithmic solution to the “carpenter’s rule problem,” and together with Borcea, she was awarded the 2004 Grigore C. Moisil Award of the Romanian Academy. Streinu was elected as a fellow of the American Mathematical Society as part of the 2012 inaugural class.