Soujanya is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. She works with Prof. Natacha Crooks and is affiliated with the Sky Computing Lab at Berkeley’s EECS Department. Primarily, her work is at the intersection of distributed systems and storage systems. She built IO-efficient infrastructures for modern applications like blockchains, has designed key-value stores and file systems for modern hardware like Persistent Memory and CXL, and has proposed efficient recovery for distributed databases. She is currently building distributed databases for the cloud that tolerate crash faults and byzantine behavior from hardware faults.

Prior to joining Berkeley, she completed her PhD at the CS Department at UT Austin, under the guidance of Prof. Vijay Chidambaram and is a member of the Systems and Storage Lab and the Lab for Advanced Systems Research. Her doctoral dissertation focused on minimizing I/O bottlenecks in modern systems’ infrastructure for achieving high throughput and scalability.

She obtained her Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Computer Science and Engineering from the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H), where she collaborated with Prof. Suresh Purini. She was also awarded the best all-rounder gold medal for excelling in academics and for her contributions to the institute’s extracurricular activities.

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Organizational Roles

  • Programming Committee, NSDI’25
  • Programming Committee, Eurosys’25
  • External Review Committee, ATC’24
  • Reviewer, ACM Journal, TOCS’24
  • Hallway Discussion Lead, SOSP’21
  • External Review Committee, NSDI’19
  • Shadow Programming Committee, Eurosys’20
  • Chair for GAAP at UT Austin
    • Graduate Application Assistance Program (GAAP) mentors underprivileged students with their PhD applications to UT Austin, 2020-2021
  • Graduate Representative for Computer Science (GRACS), UT Austin, 2020-2021
  • Mentor for Women in Computer Science, UT Austin, 2019-2020