Nazli Goharian is Clinical Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, and member of Information Retrieval Lab . Prior to joining Georgetown, she was Clinical Associate Professor of Computer Science and a member of the Information Retrieval Laboratory at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). She joined academia from industry, where she was the Project Manager for Data Warehouse Conferencing at MCI Worldcom.
Her research, publications, and doctoral student mentorship span the domains of information retrieval, and text mining. She has graduated two Doctoral students (Saket Mengle, 2009; currenty at DataXu )and (Andrew Yates, 2016; Currently Postdoc at Max Plank Institute), and is currently advising several more doctoral students (Arman Cohan and Luca Soldaini). She has supervised a MS Thesis and more than a dozen MS projects. She has supervised undergraduate students under NSF REU. She has over 60 refereed conference and journal publications.
She was awarded multiple times for her contributions to undergraduate and graduate curriculum development and excellence in teaching. In 2005, she was awarded the College of Science and Letters Dean's Excellence Award in Teaching and in 2002, 2003, and 2007, the Computer Science Department Teacher of the Year Award. In 2009, she was awarded the IIT Julia Beveridge Award for faculty (female faculty of the year). Since the start of the CS doctoral program at Georgetown (2011) she has been running (founded & running) the Semi-Annual Graduate Research Presentation Days where the graduate students present their published/accepted research work.