Mali is a fourth-year Ph.D student in the IEOR Department. He completed his M.Math in Combinatorics and Optimization at University of Waterloo, Canada, where he worked on continuous optimization and data science. Before that, he got his B.Tech at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, India.
Apart from theoretical research, he is interested in problems with real world impact. He currently works with Prof. Cliff Stein on large-scale scheduling problems and online convex optimization.
Mali is also involved in a variety of leadership roles at Columbia- he is an Ambassador to the IEOR department and until recently, was President of the Engineering Graduate Student Council, representing 4000 students in Columbia Engineering.