Gwen Spencer

Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Statistics

Gwen Spencer

Contact & Office Hours

Burton Hall 316

413-585-3830

Education

Ph.D., M.S., Cornell University

B.S., Harvey Mudd College

Biography

Gwen Spencer earned a master's and doctorate in operations research at Cornell University. Prior to joining Smith College, she was a Neukom Institute postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College.

Spencer's research is in combinatorial optimization and approximation algorithms (algorithms whose performance is provably near-optimal for every possible instance). She is particularly motivated by generalizations of classical models that accommodate stochastic inputs and uncertain impacts of interventions in networks. Such features naturally arise in models of planning problems related to ecological systems and interventions in social networks.