My work broadly falls in the fields of algorithms and AI, with a focus on equity, justice, and social good concerns. Specifically, I research how algorithmic, computational, and network-based techniques, in conjunction with insights from the social sciences, can improve access to opportunity for historically disadvantaged communities. As part of this research mission, I co-founded and co-organize Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG), an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional research initiative.
My research is informed by collaborations with researchers in related disciplines and domain experts from various government and non-government organizations. Throughout 2019, I have been serving on the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director working group on AI.
Prior to Cornell, I completed an M.S. in applied mathematics from Harvard, an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. in mathematics from Harvard College.
I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -- home to Lucy, a more sensible time convention, its own alphabet, the birthplace of coffee, and 13 months of sunshine. I am a proud graduate of the Ethiopian National Curriculum. I am passionate about increasing representation and inclusion of marginalized communities in computing. I co-founded and serve on the Board of Directors for Black in AI, a non-profit organization working to improve diversity in the field of AI.