Computer Science

Joseph O'Rourke

Joseph O'Rourke is the Olin Professor and chair of Computer Science. He obtained his Ph.D. in computer science from University of Pennsylvania in 1980, and was Assistant and then Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University, before moving to Smith in 1988 to found and chair the Computer Science department.

His research is in the field of computational geometry, where he has published a monograph (Oxford, 1987), a textbook (Cambridge, 2nd ed. 1998), coedited the 1927-page Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry (CRC Press, 3rd ed. 2018), coauthored a monograph (Cambridge, 2007) on folding and unfolding, coauthored another textbook (Princeton, 2011), and most recently, a book for high-school students (How To Fold It). He was awarded the NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars in 2001.

He is also a Professor of Mathematics, the Director of the Arts & Technology program, and former Provost & Dean of the Faculty.

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