Rasika Bhalerao

I am a PhD student in computer science at NYU working with Professor Damon McCoy. I am interested in cybercrime, natural language processing, machine learning, and teaching.


NYU email: rasikabh [at] nyu [dot] edu
Personal email: rasikabh [at] gmail [dot] com
LinkedIn page


Lecturer for Artificial Intelligence course at NYU (CS-GY 6613)

Sept 2013 - June 2017
Instructed graduate course of 50 students and two TAs

Course Assistant for Security Analytics course at NYU (experimental course) (CS-GY 9223)

Sept 2018 - Dec 2018
Helped design new course on security analytics under Prof. Damon McCoy. Created homework assignments, gave several lectures, graded, helped students, etc.

Course Assistant for Network Security course at NYU (CS-GY 6823)

Sept 2017 - May 2018
Assisted with Network Security course, focusing on assigned labs

Teaching Assistant for Computer Science I/II at University of Washington (CSE 142/143/143X)

Jan 2015 - June 2017
9 quarters. Taught weekly discussion sections, held office hours, graded assignments


Research and Development Intern at Flashpoint Intel, New York, NY

June 2018 - Dec 2018
Conducted classified NLP, statistics, and security-related research projects and developed tools for exploration of the deep & dark web

Research assistant at International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, CA

June 2018 - Sept 2017
Machine learning, natural language processing, and security research analyzing underground forums to identify illegal products
Resulting publication

Applied Math research (REU) at UC Los Angeles

June 2016 - Aug 2016
Developed an algorithm for processing hyperspectral imagery
Resulting 2017 IEEE publication

Research intern at University of Washington Image Research Laboratory

June 2014 - Aug 2015
Used MATLAB and Arduino to analyze light signals transmitted through finger. Worked with researchers and fellows at UW Medical Center Dept. of Radiology.


New York University

Sept 2017 - present
PhD in Computer Science

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Sept 2013 - June 2017
BS in Applied & Computational Math Sciences (Discrete Math & Algorithms)
BS in Statistics

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Bellevue, WA

Sept 2005 - June 2013
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Women’s Technology Program at MIT June-July 2012
Excellence in Mathematics: Top mathematician in grade level (Grades 9, 11, 12)
Spirit Award: Most spirited and friendly person in high school (Grade 12)

Society of Women Engineers

Grad: Social media coordinator for GradSWE

Check out GradSWE!

Sophomore year undergrad: Director of Evening with Industry for University of Washington section

800-member career fair and 200-member banquet

Junior/Senior year undergrad: Treasurer for University of Washington section

Section membership grew tenfold, $50,000 budget (something to be proud of)