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 control plane of a new all-optical network architecture at Microsoft Research.
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, long distance running, kickboxing, and practicing yoga (I'm currently working towards getting my official yoga instructor certification)!
My research interests lie within the intersection of systems, networking, and machine learning.