Joseph O'Rourke is the Olin Professor of Computer Science at Smith College and the founding chair of the Smith computer science department. His main research interest is computational geometry.
O'Rourke was the first person to publish an algorithm to determine the minimum bounding box of a point set in three dimensions.
In 1985, O'Rourke was the program chair of the first annual Symposium on Computational Geometry. He was formerly the arXiv moderator for computational geometry and discrete mathematics.
In 2012 O'Rourke was named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.
O'Rourke is the author or editor of: