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Joseph O’Rourke

Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Professor of Mathematics & Statistics

Joe O'Rourke


Ford Hall 256


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.

Selected Publications

Pop-Up Geometry: The Mathematics behind Pop-Up Cards. Cambridge University Press, 2022

Goodman, J.E., O'Rourke, J., Toth, C., editors. Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry, Third Edition. CRC Press, 2017.

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.

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

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


Ph.D., M.S., University of Pennsylvania
B.S., St. Joseph’s University

Selected Works in Smith ScholarWorks