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Kay Ousterhout ’11

Kay Ousterhout ’11
Software Engineer
LightStep, Inc.

Kay Ousterhout received her Ph.D. in December 2017 from the University of California-Berkeley, where her thesis work focused on the performance of large-scale data analytics frameworks like Apache Spark.  Kay is also a committer for the Apache Spark project and helps to maintain the core Spark scheduling code.  While at Berkeley, she was a member of the NetSys Lab and was advised by Sylvia Ratnasamy, associate professor in computer science. Her PhD research was supported by a Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship, a Google PhD fellowship, a NSF graduate research fellowship, a University of California-Berkeley Chancellor's Fellowship, and a Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Kay graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2011 with a BSE in computer science.  While at Princeton, she co-founded Princeton Women in Computer Science.

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