Damek Davis


Assistant Professor
Operations Research and Information Engineering
Cornell University


office: Rhodes Hall 218

email: dsd95 at cornell.edu


I'm broadly interested in the mathematics of data science, particularly the interplay of optimization, signal processing, statistics, and machine learning.

Selected Talks

Selected Publications

Honors and Awards

  • Sloan Research Fellowship in Mathematics (2020)

  • INFORMS Optimization Society Young Researchers Prize (2019)

  • Finalist for the Best Paper Prize for Young Researchers in Continuous Optimization (2019)

  • Finalist for A. W. Tucker Prize for outstanding doctoral thesis (2018)

  • NSF Math Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015)

  • Pacific Journal of Mathematics Dissertation Prize (2015)

  • INFORMS Optimization Society Student Paper Prize (2014)

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2010)

  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa (2009)


I have given or will give talks or poster presentations of my work at Cornell (2015-2017); University of California, Los Angeles (2010-2015, 2017); Stanford (2015); University of Washington, Seattle (2015); University of Waterloo (2015); University of Wisconsin, Madison (2015, 2016); CVPR (2014); International Symposium on Mathematical Programming (2015, 2018); Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (2016); INFORMS annual meeting (2014-2017,2019); INFORMS international meeting (2016); SIAM Imaging conference (2016); SIAM annual meeting (2016); and Google, NYC (2016, 2017); SIAM Optimization Conference (2017); EUROPT (2017); MIT ORC (2018); Princeton ORFE (2019); ICCOPT (2019)


I was on the program committee for OPT2016 at NIPS. I regularly review articles for several optimization journals and conferences. I have chaired sessions at the INFORMS 2016 international meeting and the INFORMS 2017 Annual Meeting. I have sat on panels that help students with fellowship applications, spoken at the Ithaca High School mathematics seminar, and I have helped students individually, too.


I am a field member of ORIE, Math, and CAM

Current PhD Students

Current Undergraduate Students

  • None

Past Undergraduate Students

  • Naijia (Anna) Dong (ORIE)

    • Next position: Columbia U. Masters Program in Operations Research


Lecture Notes



  • (S’2020) ORIE 4740 Statistical Data Mining I