Raluca Ada Popa

Raluca Ada Popa

Robert E. and Beverly A. Brooks Assistant professor, UC Berkeley
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
UC Berkeley
Address: 729 Soda Hall, Berkeley, CA, 94720
Email: raluca AT eecs DOT berkeley DOT edu

I am an assistant professor at UC Berkeley. I am interested in security, systems, and applied cryptography.
I co-founded the RISELab, whose aim is to build systems that are secure and intelligent.

I am also a co-founder and the CTO of PreVeil, a security startup based on my research.

Before joining UC Berkeley, I did a one-year postdoc at ETH Zürich in the System Security group led by Prof. Srdjan Capkun. Before that, in 2014, I completed my Ph.D. in computer science at MIT, my thesis being about building practical systems that compute on encrypted data. My advisor was Professor Nickolai Zeldovich, and I was also fortunate to work closely with: Professor Hari Balakrishnan (in systems), Professor Shafi Goldwasser, Professor Yael Kalai, and Professor Vinod Vaikuntanathan (in cryptography). I earned my Masters of Engineering in Computer Science in 2010 and my two Bachelors in Computer Science and Mathematics in 2009 also from MIT. My PhD thesis was awarded a George M. Sprowls Award for best MIT CS doctoral theses. As a professor, I was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, Bakar Faculty Fellowship, and I was named as in the list of 35 innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review.

Graduate students I'm currently advising:
(by reverse seniority) I also work closely with Sukrit Kalra and Dayeol Lee.

Past students/postdocs I advised:


Masters: Postdocs:



CS 294-163: Decentralized Security: Theory and Systems, Fall 2019, graduate

CS 161: Computer Security, Spring 2019, undergraduate, ≈600 students

CS 261: Security in Computer Systems, Fall 2018, graduate

CS 161: Computer Security, Spring 2018, undergraduate, ≈625 students

CS 261: Security in Computer Systems, Fall 2017, graduate

CS 161: Computer Security, Fall 2016, undergraduate, ≈380 students!

CS 294: RISE Lab: Real-time, Intelligent, and Secure Systems, Fall 2016, graduate

CS 161: Computer Security, Spring 2016, undergraduate, ≈500 students!

CS 261: Security in Computer Systems, Fall 2015, graduate

PC committees

is a diversity program I started and am running for matching undergraduates with EECS professors for research.

I am originally from Sibiu, a medieval town in the southern part of Transylvania in Romania somewhere close to Dracula's castle...

I enjoy long-distance running, nature, and people.