Dr. Irina Khovanova is a freelance mathematician and a Research Affiliate at the Mathematics Department at the University of Maryland—College Park. She has had a varied and interesting career. She grew up in Russia where she participated in many math competitions, winning 3 gold medals at the national level and one gold and a silver at the IMO.
Dr. Khovanova received her Ph.D. in mathematics from Moscow University in 1987. Her research was in group theory, discrete mathematics, quantum computing, and superstring theory. Currently, she is interested in combinatorics and recreational mathematics. Dr. Khovanova presently coaches mathletes at the Ivy League Education Center. She also coordinates math research at the MIT’s Research Science Institute (RSI).