BiographyLara Dolecek is a post-doctoral researcher with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds a B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, as well as an M.A. degree in Statistics, all from the University of California, Berkeley. For her dissertation she received the2007David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize for the most outstanding doctoral research in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. She also received several UC Berkeley-wide awards for her graduate research including the multi-year Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship and the Dissertation Year Fellowship. Her research interests span information and probability theory, graphical models, combinatorics, statistical algorithms and computational methods, with applications to high-performance complex systems for data processing, communication, and storage.