I am a fourth-year PhD student in the Computer Science department of the Courant Institute, New York University. My research in Systems and Networks focuses on how to make better systems for users. Better can be measured by traditional metrics -- speed, reliability, cost -- or user experience. And users can be systems administrators or people who just want to get things done with computers. I am figuring out how to do this thing called "systems research" under the guidance of Jinyang Li, Helen Nissenbaum, and Lakshminarayanan Subramanian.


I am a core member of the Networking and Wide-area Systems (NeWS) group and Systems Reading Group; I am also affiliated with the NYU Law Privacy Research Group (group blog). I assisted the organizational foundation of the NYU and NYU: Abu Dhabi Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED), in association with CATER: Cost-effective Appropriate Technologies for Emerging Regions. I received an Undergraduate Degree in Computer Science from Harvard University in 2009, where I worked with Rohan Murty, Ian Rose, and Matt Welsh on the CitySense project.


What do I like to do?
I am currently making my way back to the realms of traditional systems and networking research, with a focus on privacy. (I spent a couple of years in the realm of Information and Communication Technology for Development.)






Cryptagram Site

We have released a Mac OS X encoder and Google Chrome decoder for the Cryptagram project. More information is available at Crypagr.am. We have our code on github

May 21, 2012


NSF IGERT Fellowship

Fellowship to pursue interdisciplinary work with philosophers and sociologists on security and privacy.

2011 -- 2013


Google Internship: Network Infrastructure NYC

Joined new team for the new design, alpha, and (nearly) beta release of a tool to tame the Google OpenFlow network.

Summer 2012

Google Internship: Network Infrastructure NYC

Redesigned and implemented new edge network monitoring pipeline (protobufs, libraries and tests, and binaries) in C++ and Python. Implemented 10x efficiency improvements in legacy pipeline. Received Peer Bonus Award.

Summer 2011


C++, Python, Haskell, JavaScript, C, ObjC, R

emacs, git, autotools


Office Hours: by appointment
715 Broadway, Room 720
New York, NY 10461


Ian Spiro (NYU), Luke Stark (NYU), Chris Bregler (NYU), Helen Nissenbaum (NYU), Jinyang Li (NYU), Lakshmi Subramanian (NYU).