Surya Mathialagan



Ph.D. Computer Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2020-Exp 2025)

S.M. Computer Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2020-2022)

B.Sc. Mathematics and Computer Science

California Institute of Technology (2016-2020)

Part II Mathematics, Study Abroad

University of Cambridge (Lent 2020)


Best Young Researcher Award, TCC 2023

This prize is awarded at the Theory of Cryptography Conference (TCC) for the best paper authored solely by young researchers. Awarded for the paper "Memory Checking for Parallel RAMs".

Siebel Scholars Program, 2021-2022

Awarded annually for academic excellence and demonstrated leadership to 90 top students in the world’s leading graduate schools.

Akamai Presidential Fellowship, 2020-2021

Awarded to top incoming MIT Ph.D. students for academic excellence to fully fund first year.

Olga Taussky-Todd Prize, 2019

Awarded to top female student in order to pursue external research opportunity.

The Lee Kuan Yew Award in Mathematics and Science, 2014

Awarded to top Singaporean students who have achieved outstanding performance in Mathematics and Science.

China Girls Mathematical Olympiad, 2011-2014

Represented Singapore four times in an international mathematical olympiad targeted at women, achieving two Bronze awards and two Silver awards. Top Singaporean representative in 2014.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, MIT, Fall 2022

TA for graduate-level course 6.875: Cryptography and Cryptanalysis.

Instructor at G2 Program, 2022

Instructor at summer camp for high school girls to come together to learn olympiad math.

Project Mentor at Polymath REU, 2020

Project mentor at program aimed at providing remote research opportunities for undergraduate students.

Teaching Assistant, Caltech, 2017-2020

Undergraduate teaching assistant for various courses, including CS 38: Algorithms (2018, 2019, 2020), CS 24: Introduction to Operating Systems (2019), and CS 21: Decidability & Tractability (2018).