Wes Gurnee

Wes Gurnee

PhD Candidate

MIT

Biography

I am a first year PhD student in Operations Research at the MIT ORC advised by Dimitris Bertsimas studying optimization and its use in science and society. My focus the past two years has been on computational political redistricting and probabilistic measures of electoral fairness, joint work with my Cornell advisor and mentor, David Shmoys. Previously, I was a software engineer at Google working on storage efficiency and analytics.

Outside of work and research, I enjoy exercising, reading, and playing the guitar.

Interests

  • Optimization
  • Machine Learning
  • Data driven policy

Education

  • PhD in Operations Research, 2026

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • BS in Computer Science, 2020

    Cornell University

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Software Engineer

Google

Aug 2020 – Aug 2021
Engineer on the Storage Efficiency team. Working on building a canonical source for storage fleet telemetry data.
 
 
 
 
 

Executive Director

Fairmandering

Jun 2020 – Present
Founder and executive director of Fairmandering, an organization focused on data driven redistricting reforms.

Research

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(2021). Combatting Gerrymandering with Social Choice: the Design of Multi-member Districts. Working Paper.

Preprint

(2019). Neural Open Information Extraction with Transformers. Technical Report.

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