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I finished my Ph.D in Mathematics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and am currently a Lecturer in the Department of Statistics at Univeristy of Illinois.

My Ph.D. advisors were Prof. Richard Sowers (Mathematics department) and Prof. Uday V. Shanbhag (Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering department).

My research is in the area of stochastic variational problems, their applications to stochastic Nash games and equilibrium problems. Another area of interest is risk measures and risk management in finance.

A part of this research was recognized at the triennial International Conference on Stochastic Programming (COSP 2010) as the most outstanding student-authored paper.

My research in Financial risk management was selected as a finalist for the INFORMS financial section Best Student Paper award in 2013.

Earlier, I had a wonderful experience in industry as a Project Manager, Database administrator, Software engineer and mentor at E*Trade Financial. Apart from the technical challenges that presented themselves, overcoming the challenges while working with teams in three different geographical regions was the one of the best parts of the job!

I enjoy biking, swimming and walking for fun; fiber arts, painting, ikebana and pottery; travel and meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds; reading, learning and discussing, and collecting quotations.

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Best way to reach me is by email: ravat1[@]

Other contact information may be found on my C.V.