Audrey St. John

Audrey St. John is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College. Her research is motivated by computational challenges arising in robotics, biology and Computer Aided Design; in 2013, she received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). St. John earned a B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Wellesley College (Summa Cum Laude, Honors in CS), followed by an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UMass Amherst (her graduate work was partially supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship).


Audrey St. John
Clapp 221
Department of Computer Science
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astjohn "at"

Office hours (Spring 2018)

Monday 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wednesday 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Friday 9:30am - 11:00am (by appointment via Pathways)


This semester (Spring 2018), I am teaching: and advising an independent study project:

Want to work on robotics research?

Peter Klemperer and I are accepting applications for research students.


My research is in computational geometry -- algorithms and applications for geometric problems. A particular focus is in the area of rigidity theory, with motivating problems coming from robotics, biology and CAD (computer aided design). I am also interested in programs and activities that broaden participation in CS.

Current and past projects include

Awards and Honors

Media and News

Undergraduate Projects

Service and Events

  • Chocolate Lab, presented by Physics and CS of MHC and Smith
  • National Computer Science Education Week 2014
  • HackHolyoke -- November 7-8, 2014
  • MakerJam -- February 14-15, 2014
  • Global Game Jam -- January 24-25, 2014
  • National Computer Science Education Week 2013
  • iDesign Studio: Shadow Box
  • Five College Game Jam -- September 27-28, 2013
  • IHart HitPoint GameJam -- March 3-4, 2012
  • National Computer Science Education Week 2011
  • National Computer Science Education Week 2010
  • Five College Consortium: CRA-W/CDC DLS Event
  • Tech Rendezvous with Alumnae
  • National Computer Science Education Week 2009
  • Fall 2009 CS Seminar
    • 12/1/09 The Biggest Technology Shift You Never Heard Of -- Michael Scott, University of Rochester
    • 11/18/09 Data mining: finding fraud, analyzing patterns, and crunching numbers -- Lisa Friedland, UMass Amherst
    • 10/15/09 What's the use of a personal robot assistant? -- Dan Barry
  • Spring 2009 CS Seminar
    • 4/16/09 The Fine Art of Computer Optimizations: Why real men (and women) don't rely on Moore's Law to speed up their code} -- Jon Greene, Redline Trading
    • 3/24/09 Computer Science Department Network -- Adam Goodman, Mount Holyoke CS department
    • 2/17/09 How studying computer science led me to be a video game developer -- Susanne Biehl, HitPoint Studios
  • **Cancelled** 12/9/08 Lunch for MHC CS students featuring Tanya Royer, senior producer at RealPlayer
  • 11/18/08 Sammet Lecture at MHC: "Geometry of Colon Cancer and Topology of Lipid Fusion" -- Afra Zomorodian
  • 11/12/08 Tea for MHC CS students: Grad panel discussion