Kavita Ramanan received her Ph.D. from the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University in 1998. After a post-doctoral position at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, she joined the Mathematical Sciences Center of Bell Laboratories, Lucent, as a Member of Technical Staff. In 2003, she returned to academia and was an Associate Professor and Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh from 2003-2009. In 2010, she moved to the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University.