Richard Spence

PhD Student

Office: GS 721

Interests: Graph algorithms and complexity theory


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Arizona (however, this is my third year enrolled in graduate studies at Arizona). I was born and raised here in Tucson. I attended MIT for undergraduate studies, graduating in 2016 with a BS in Mathematics w/ Computer Science (course 18-C).

​​​​​Research Interests

Topics of interest to me include graph algorithms, approximation algorithms, computational complexity theory, computer graphics, and math and CS education.

What long-term project do you want to work on?

It would be fun to create or work on a current video game sometime.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I like that many of the problems we are working on are very accessible to someone without much technical knowledge, but still quite difficult to analyze and interesting enough that they lead to generalizations or real-world applications.

What are your career goals?

I am still unsure after completing the Ph.D., but most likely a career in academia or education/teaching.

Tell us something interesting about yourself!

I play in NASPA and WGPO-sanctioned Scrabble tournaments, and my rating for both is currently around 1750. I also like to bowl (average ~180).