Personal Website of Kai Mast


Hello world!

I am a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at Cornell University. I live in the wonderful Ithaca, NY and am advised by Gün Sirer. My committee is further comprises Ross Tate and Michael Macy. I am a member of the initiative for cryptocurrencies and contracts (IC3).

Contact me for a more detailed CV or if you want to chat. My preferred gender pronouns are he/him.
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Feel free to check out my Twitter and Github profiles. Further, I highly recommend my advisers blog: Hacking, Distributed.

As you may know, email security is pretty broken. So I prefer to communicate over end-to-end encrypted channels. My PGP key has the following fingerprint: CC4C B973 F3BB CB09 CA05 D4A9 A539 0769 355D E304

Current Projects

Verifiable Databases

Will be updated soon...

Lifestyle Politics

Survey research reveals deep partisan divisions in the U.S. that extend beyond politics to include cultural tastes, lifestyle choices, and consumer preferences. We show how co-following on Twitter can be used to measure the extent to which these divisions are also evident in social media. The results provide compelling evidence that Tesla liberals and bird hunting conservatives are stereotypes grounded in empirical reality.
(joint work with Yongren Shi, Michael Macy, Agrippa Kellum, and Ingmar Weber)

Project Page.


[1] Sergey Legtchenko, Hugh Williams, Kaveh Razavi, Austin Donnelly, Richard Black, Andrew Douglas, Nathanael Cheriere, Daniel Fryer, Kai Mast, Angela Demke Brown, et al. Understanding rack-scale disaggregated storage. 2017. [ bib ]
[2] Klaus M Schneider, Kai Mast, and Udo R Krieger. Ccn forwarding strategies for multihomed mobile terminals. In Networked Systems (NetSys), 2015 International Conference and Workshops on, pages 1--5. IEEE, 2015. [ bib ]


Research Experience

(Non-research) Internships

Outreach and Volunteering


Awards and Recognition


Mentors and Friends

Some awesome grad students (in no particular order): Jack Hessel, Dipendra Misa, Soumya Basu, Klaus Schneider, Linus Dietz, Efe Gencer, Rediet Abebe, Vera Khovanskaya.