Tijana Milenkovic, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering (with tenure)
Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Professor of Engineering
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Notre Dame

E-mail: tmilenko [at] nd [dot] edu
Office: 381 Fitzpatrick Hall
Phone: +1-574-631-8975
Twitter: @ProfMilenkovic
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Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of California Irvine, 2010
M.Sc. in Computer Science, University of California Irvine, 2008
B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, 2005
  Photo credit: Barbara Johnston

BIOGRAPHY (As of 10/13/2023)

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 NSF CAREER and 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/grants by NSF or NIH and as a co-Investigator or Senior/Key Personnel on 9 additional collaborative awards/grants by multiple government agencies or industry companies. The research awards/grants that Prof. Milenkovic has participated in total to $19.2 million, of which $2.2 million have gone directly to her lab. She has published 56 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 5,000 citations; her i10-index is 54 and h-index is 33.

Prof. Milenkovic was elected in 2020 and re-elected in 2023 to the Board of Directors of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) to represent the Society’s Communities of Special Interest (COSIs). 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 will serve as a Proceedings Chair at ISMB 2024 and ISMB/ECCB 2025, and she served as an Area Chair for Systems Biology and Networks at ISMB 2022 and ISMB/ECCB 2023. She has been an Associate Editor of IEEE/ACM TCBB since 2014, of Scientific Reports during 2018-2021, and of Frontiers in Bioinformatics -- Network Bioinformatics since 2020.

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. Since 2022, she has acted as her department's inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Also, she has organized outreach activities to middle school girls annually 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, 11 Ph.D. students, and 4 M.Sc. students, she has also provided research supervision to 27 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. 5 of them already earned their Ph.D. degrees, and all 5 continued to academia, 3 as faculty and 2 as research fellows or scientists. 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 mentorship efforts, Prof. Milenkovic won one of only two CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Awards in the US in 2021.

For more details, please see Prof. Milenkovic's CV. For a more personal story on what shaped Prof. Milenkovic as a professor, mentor, and person, feel free to explore this story.