Sepideh Mahabadi received 2011 her B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology, Iran. That year she moved to the United States to continue her studies. In 2013 she received her M.Sc. and in 2017 her PhD from the MIT.
When she was 18 years old she made history at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) after receiving a gold medal. She was the only female contestant to win a gold medal that year and the second woman to win a gold medal in the history of the Olympiad.
The IOI is one of the most prominent computer science competitions in the world. In 2007 the event was held in Croatia and gathered nearly 300 top students from 75 countries. Sina Sadeghian, Saeed Reza Sedighin, and Hesamodin Akhlaghpor, the other members of Iran’s team, won three silver medals.
Sepideh Mahabadi is a postdoctoral research scientist with an appointment at the Simons Collaboration on Algorithms and Geometry based at Columbia University.
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