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Lydia Sinapova

Emeritus Professor of Computer Science
Professor Sinapova has combined her love of teaching and her interest in computers into a career that allows her to continually share this passion with eager learners.


Lydia Sinapova was born in Bulgaria - a small country (about the size of Iowa) in Eastern Europe. She used to read a lot of science fiction which is how she became fascinated with computers. She started her career at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, working mostly on projects in artificial intelligence, robotics and natural language processing.

She joined Simpson College in 1999, and was welcomed by a friendly community with students willing to learn and experience everything that college life has to offer. She is a  passionate proponent of undergraduate research. Her students have published and presented their projects at the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium and at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. 

She retired in May 2018, but continues to teach classes at Simpson.


  • Algorithms
  • Theory of Computation
  • Artificial Intelligence


  • 2011 NSF grant EAGER: Collaborative Research: Modeling and Analysis of Molecular Programming and Nanoscale Self-Assembly, in collaborations with Iowa State University.


  • Ph.D. in Mathematics and Computer Science, Sophia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Sophia, Bulgaria
  • M.S in Computer Science, Sophia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Sophia, Bulgaria
  • B.S. in Mathematics, Sophia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, Bulgaria