Hello! I'm Alana.
As of winter 2017, I have completed my undergraduate studies at Cornell University's College of Engineering, where I majored in computer science. This spring, you will be able to find me in Cambridge, U.K., where I will be prototyping the forwarding plane of a new all-optical network architecture at Microsoft Research. In the fall, I'll be starting grad school at MIT (EECS Ph.D. program).
At Cornell, I kept myself busy by working on a myriad of different projects, including improving the hardware efficiency of stochastic gradient descent, designing approximately fair cache allocation policies, and exploring the feasibility of disaggregated datacenter architectures. I also dabbled in mechanical engineering, spending a year leading a team of 50 engineers working to build a hyperloop pod prototype for SpaceX's Hyperloop Pod Design competition.
In my free time, I enjoy hunting for the perfect cup of coffee, listening to podcasts, long distance running, and kickboxing.
My research interests lie in computer systems, large-scale data processing, and networking.