I am an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Columbia University. I am interested in computer systems in a broad sense, including distributed systems, the Web, security and privacy, operating systems, and databases. More specifically, my current research focuses on the challenges and opportunities created by today's emerging technologies, such as the Web, cloud computing, and powerful mobile devices.
I am part of the Software Systems Lab, an energetic group of professors and students working on highly relevant challenges in today's cutting-edge technologies, such as mobile devices, cloud computing, and distributed systems.
I completed my Ph.D. in 2011 at the University of Washington, under the supervision of Professors Steve Gribble, Yoshi Kohno, and Hank Levy. I did my undergraduate studies in my home country, Romania, at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. I am the recipient of a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, an NSF CAREER award, an Honorable Mention for the 2013 Inaugural Dennis M. Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award, a William Chan Memorial Dissertation Award, and two best paper awards, and Google Student and Faculty Fellowships.
I am extremely fortunate to supervise a set of wonderful Ph.D. students:
Other great student collaborators (current or past):
I am looking for new Ph.D. students, as well as Columbia project students. If you are a highly motivated person, you have solid coding experience (particularly systems building experience), and you are interested in doing distributed systems research, please email me your resume and tell me about your research interests.
At this time, I am not looking for interns or other short-term visitors. So please do not contact me about such opportunities, unless I have explicitly contacted you, your advisor, or your school.
Please see my MS advising section for office hours, appointments, and other information.