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Mariana Teixeira Silva, Ph.D.
Teaching Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2213 Siebel Center
(217) 300-6633



Mariana Silva received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and earned her PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois in 2009. Her doctoral research focused primarily on the theoretical and computational aspects of design optimization of physical systems that are governed by partial differential equations, addressing problems in the area of static and transient structural topology optimization, material design, wave mitigation, fracture mechanics and robust optimization.

Before joining CS @ ILLINOIS, Silva had served as a lecturer and undergraduate academic advisor with the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering since 2012. There, she was primarily involved in large-scale teaching innovation activities, such as the re-design of the mechanics course sequence sponsored by the College of Engineering Strategic Instructional Innovations Program (SIIP). Silva is very passionate about teaching and improving the classroom experience for both students and instructors. She has been included in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent six times and has received the Engineering Council Outstanding Advisor Award every year since 2014.

Silva plans to continue to pursue educational research about effective teaching, including how technology and online tools, blended with in-person interactions, can be used to improve the educational experience in large classes.