Dr. R. N. Uma received her BSc in Mathematics from the University of Madras (Chennai), ME in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), a premier research university in India, and PhD in Computer Science from NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering (New York). Her doctoral research was in the area of Scheduling Theory and her post-PhD research has been in the area of Wireless Networks.
She has almost two decades of teaching experience as a tenure-track/tenured faculty and a graduate student at universities in Texas, North Carolina and New York. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Army Research Office (ARO) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) among others. She has published several papers in leading conferences and journals in her field.
She discovered her interest in teaching while she was an undergraduate student studying Mathematics and had the opportunity to privately tutor middle school and high school students in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and a college student in Mathematics. Her interest in teaching was further kindled as a graduate teaching assistant. This largely motivated her to pursue an academic career after her PhD.