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. You can currently find me at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, U.K., where I'm working on Project Sirius. Starting in May, I'll be working on Project Silica. 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 yoga.
My research interests lie in computer systems, large-scale data processing, and networking.