Liliaokeawawa (Lily) Cothren

Liliaokeawawa (Lily) Cothren


Lily is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder under the supervision of Professor Liz Bradley, funded by the NSF GRFP. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Honors in May 2021 from Arizona State University. Her research interests include control theory, online optimization, and learning algorithms.

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University of Colorado, Boulder
Research Assistant
University of Colorado, Boulder
May 2021 – Present Boulder, Colorado

Responsibilities include:

  • Tackle problems within data-driven control and concurrent learning via theoretical and algorithmic development,
  • Verify theoretical findings with numerical simulations in MATLAB or Python.
University of Colorado, Boulder
Graduate Learning Assistant
University of Colorado, Boulder
Jan 2022 – Present Boulder, Colorado

Responsibilities include:

  • Design and deliver course review sessions in weekly recitation meetings with students,
  • Grade weekly homeworks and exams.
Arizona State University
Lead Mathematics Tutor
Arizona State University
Aug 2019 – Apr 2021 Tempe, Arizona

Instruct and tutor undergraduate students in:

  • Industrial engineering,
  • Probability,
  • Statistics,
  • Calculus,
  • Linear algebra,
  • Differential equations.
Arizona State University
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Arizona State University
Aug 2018 – Apr 2020 Tempe, Arizona

Facilitated discussions between students in Introduction to Engineering course and Probability and Statistics for Engineers. Responsible for:

  • Organizing supplies,
  • Assisting students in projects,
  • writing and presenting homework and exam review sessions,
  • Proctoring exams.
United Parcel Service (UPS)
Industrial Engineering Intern
United Parcel Service (UPS)
May 2019 – Aug 2019 Phoenix, Arizona

Collaborate on multi-discplinary team to plan for holiday season with responsibilies of:

  • Discussions with managers and plant and industrial engineers,
  • Draft accurate and updated building layout and plot plans for 90 facilities.


Arizona State University
BS Mathematics, with Honors
Arizona State University
Jan 2017 – Jan 2021 Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.
  • Honors thesis on optimal foraging theory


Excellence Fellowship
Dean’s Future Leadership Fellowship
Graduate School Diversity Recruitment Fellowship
Predoctoral Math Alliance Scholar
Promising students from underrepresented communities in the mathematical sciences who aim to pursue mathematical and statistical science graduate programs participate in numerous professional and networking opportunities with highly regarded faculty at participating universities.
Outstanding Junior for Wexler Students Award
Outstanding students and selected faculty are celebrated for their continued encouragement and participation of the exchange of knowledge and ideas outside the classroom.

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