Kush R. Varshney was born in Syracuse, New York in 1982. He received the B.S. degree (magna cum laude) in electrical and computer engineering with honors from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, in 2004. He received the S.M. degree in 2006 and the Ph.D. degree in 2010, both in electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge.
He is a research staff member in the Mathematical Sciences and Analytics Department at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York. He is also a data ambassador with DataKind, Brooklyn, New York. While at MIT, he was a research assistant with the Stochastic Systems Group in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. He has been a visiting student at Laboratoire de Mathématiques Appliquées aux Systèmes at École Centrale, Paris, and an intern at the Systems and Decision Sciences Section, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California, at Sun Microsystems, Burlington, Massachusetts, and at Sensis Corporation, DeWitt, New York. His research interests include statistical signal processing, machine learning, and image processing.