Bio

Rachit Agarwal is an Assistant Professor in Department of Computer Science at Cornell University. Prior to coming to Cornell, Rachit was a postdoc with Ion Stoica at UC Berkeley. As a postdoc, Rachit kick-started and led the Succinct project. Rachit completed his PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working with Brighten Godfrey and Matthew Caesar. Rachit has received the 2016 Google Faculty Research Award, the 2012 Rambus research award (for outstanding performance in computer science and engineering research), the 2010 Wang-Chung research award (for excellence in computer engineering research), and was listed in 2010 UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent. Rachit has held visiting research positions at Microsoft research (US), HP labs (US), Technische Universität München (Germany), University College Cork (Ireland) and Fraunhofer IIS (Germany) in the past. In another life, Rachit was a very mischievous undergrad at IIT Kanpur. Rachit's research interests span data-intensive distributed systems, operating systems, networks, and algorithms.

What do I do?

I still don't do research. I research.

I still take photographs. I have recently started shifting my focus from landscape to portraits.

I still do crazier things than most of my crazy friends. Currently, I am working on my pilot license.

I still travel more than I should. And, I have been to truly out-of-the-box places.

I still drink more beer than most of my friends (Irish ones do come close though :-D) I am learning to mix cocktails, and have gotten much better at mixing recently. No, I do not plan to change jobs.

I still have the lowest undergraduate GPA of any professor I have ever met. Jeff Erickson does come close though. I am not proud of this.

I still wonder if I am a scientist, a mathematician, an engineer or just a student. But I know this and this :-)

I still am proud of being an IITian.

I still love the following videos:

Finally, I still believe education should be about: "Creativity, creativity, creativity!".