Sara Ahmadian is a research scientist in the Geo Algorithms research team, which is part of the broader Athena org. Sara earned degrees in Combinatorics and Optimization (M.M. 2010, Ph.D. 2017) from University of Waterloo, where she was advised by Chaitanya Swamy and supported by a NSERC Fellowship. Sara is a recipient of 2017 University of Waterloo Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies (Ph.D.) designation for her PhD thesis. She worked as a software developer for a start-up company in Waterloo after completing her Master's and before starting her PhD. Prior to that, She completed Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering in Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. Her research interests include efficient machine learning, combinatorial optimization, approximation algorithm, and design and analysis of algorithms.