Tijana Milenkovic


Prof. Milenkovic has been a Notre Dame faculty since 2010, after earning her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California Irvine in the same year. She was promoted to an Associate Professor (with tenure) in 2016 and to a Professor in 2021. She was appointed a Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor of Engineering in 2020 and as a Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Professor of Engineering in 2021.

Milenkovic lab solves challenging problems in the fields of network science, graph algorithms, computational biology, scientific wellness, and social networks. Prof. Milenkovic won 2015 NSF CAREER and 2016 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program (AFOSR YIP) awards. Also, she has acted as the sole or lead Principal Investigator on 5 other awards by NSF or NIH and as a co-Investigator or Senior/Key Personnel on 8 additional collaborative awards by NSF, NIH, IARPA, or Google. The research awards (grants) that Prof. Milenkovic has participated in total to $19.1 million, of which $2.2 million have gone directly to her lab. She has published 51 journal papers (e.g., in Science, PNAS, or Bioinformatics) and 16 conference papers (e.g., in the top tier ISMB/ECCB computational biology conference). Prof. Milenkovic's papers have attracted over 3,900 citations; her i10-index is 42 and h-index is 28.

Prof. Milenkovic was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) in 2020 to represent the Society’s Communities of Special Interest (COSIs). Prof. Milenkovic has been an Associate Editor of IEEE/ACM TCBB since 2014, of Scientific Reports since 2018, and of Frontiers in Bioinformatics -- Network Bioinformatics since 2020. She has been an active organizer of the flagship Network Biology (NetBio) COSI meeting at ISMB/ECCB since 2017, and of the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference since 2015.

Prof. Milenkovic is committed to increasing participation of women and diversity in Computer Science. For example, she has served as a member of the ISCB's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee since 2020 as well as of the Notre Dame’s University Committee on Women Faculty and Students during 2018-2021. Also, she has organized outreach activities to middle school girls since 2012.

In terms of teaching, she has offered each of Network Science (an elective graduate- and senior undergraduate-level course) and Discrete Mathematics (a major-required sophomore undergraduate-level course) multiple times, achieving composite student evaluation scores of 4.8 and 4.4, respectively, on a 0 (very poor) to 5 (excellent) scale. In addition, she has taught an offering of Design/Analysis of Algorithms (a major-required undergraduate-level course), Complexity and Algorithms (a major-required graduate-level course), and Algorithms for Biological Networks (an elective graduate- and senior undergraduate-level course).

Prof. Milenkovic is committed to integrating research and education. For example, in addition to supervising a postdoctoral researcher, 10 Ph.D. students, and 3 M.Sc. students, she has also provided research supervision to 26 undergraduate students and a high school student. 7 of the undergraduates continued onto Ph.D. programs at e.g., Stanford, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, or Brown University. 4 of them already earned their Ph.D. degrees, and all 4 continued to academia, 3 as faculty and 1 as a research scientist. Prof. Milenkovic has published 12 journal and 6 conference papers with her undergraduate researchers. During 2014-2018, of all 6 Notre Dame College of Engineering's Steiner Award winners in Prof. Milenkovic's department, 4 (67%) were Prof. Milenkovic's undergraduate researchers. For her student mentoriship efforts, Prof. Milenkovic won one of only two CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Awards the US in 2021.


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Tijana Milenkovic