Joseph O’Rourke

Interim Provost & Dean of the Faculty; Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor of Computer Science; Professor of Mathematics & Statistics

Joe O'Rourke

Contact & Office Hours

College Hall 206



Ph.D., M.S., University of Pennsylvania

B.S., St. Joseph’s University


Prior to joining Smith in 1988 to found and chair the computer science department, Joseph O'Rourke was an assistant and then associate professor at Johns Hopkins University. His research is in the field of computational geometry. In 2001, he was awarded the NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. He is also a professor of mathematics and currently serving as interim Provost & Dean of the Faculty.

Selected Publications

Devadoss, S., and O'Rourke, J. Discrete and Computational Geometry. Princeton, 2011.

How To Fold It: The Mathematics of Linkages, Origami, and Polyhedra. Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Demaine, E., and O'Rourke, J. Geometric Folding Algorithms: Linkages, Origami, Polyhedra. Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Goodman, J.E., and O'Rourke, J., editors. Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry, Second Edition. CRC Press, 2004.

Computational Geometry in C, Second Edition. Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Art Gallery Theorems and Algorithms. Oxford University Press, 1987.