Raluca Ada Popa is an associate professor of computer science at UC Berkeley. She is interested in security, systems, and applied cryptography. Raluca developed practical systems that protect data confidentiality by computing over encrypted data, as well as designed new encryption schemes that underlie these systems. Some of her systems have been adopted into or inspired systems such as SEEED of SAP AG, Microsoft SQL Server’s Always Encrypted Service, and others. Raluca received her PhD in computer science as well as her two BS degrees, in computer science and in mathematics, from MIT. She is the recipient of an Intel Early Career Faculty Honor award, George M. Sprowls Award for best MIT CS doctoral thesis, a Google PhD Fellowship, a Johnson award for best CS Masters of Engineering thesis from MIT, and a CRA Outstanding undergraduate award from the ACM.


  • 2014, Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2010, Masters of Engineering, Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2009, Bachelor's degree, Computer Science and Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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