Joana is a PhD student in EECS at MIT, working with Prof. Sam Madden and Prof. Julian Shun. Her research interests revolve around performance aspects of data processing systems, primarily focusing on query optimization and performance techniques for large-scale graph data management. Before MIT she spent some time in industry as a software engineer at Google, after completing an M.S. in CS from UIUC, and a B.S. in CS from UFRGS, in Brazil. She’s very fortunate to be supported by an Alfred P. Sloan UCEM PhD Fellowship, and a Microsoft Research PhD fellowship.