Student at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in computer science, mathematics, and business administration

Email: ude.yelekreb@leen

Twitter: @NeelJSomani


Neel Somani

I'm interested in research opportunities in privacy and machine learning systems.

I've developed several web and mobile applications through my company, Apptic LLC. A portfolio of selected applications is available on my website:

I'm currently involved in research within the UC Berkeley RISELab. In the past, I've worked as an Associate Consultant Intern at Bain & Company, and as a Software Engineering Intern at Google.

Selected Research

  • Optio: I worked with Professor Joseph Near and Professor Dawn Song to build privacy-preserving services using dedicated hardware (Intel SGX) and machine learning algorithms. Optio is a type system that allows developers to check their code for differential privacy, statically and automatically.
  • Brainspell: This is a statistical platform for the human curation of neuroimaging literature, which I'm working on with the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS). The application previously used a LAMP stack; I rebuilt it using the Tornado framework in Python, designed an API for collaborators to contribute, and deployed the application on Heroku. The project was presented at the 2018 Organization for Human Brain Mapping conference (abstract).


  • Bain & Company (June - August 2018): As an Associate Consultant Intern, I worked with a large biotechnology company on exposing the cost drivers of clinical trials, to be used in future budgets. My work implemented more accurate budgeting practices in over 500 cost centers globally.
  • Google (May - August 2017): As a Software Engineering Intern on the analytics team for real-time communications apps, I built a highly scalable backend tool for Google Hangouts, Meet, Allo, etc., which processes 100+ terabytes of raw logs.

Selected Projects

  • Foley Rounds: This iPhone app consists of a series of patient safety checklists that I built for Dr. Samir Desai at the Baylor College of Medicine. My app has been adopted for use by 50 physicians, and it's been awarded a grant from the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine.
  • Clockins: A number of years ago (in high school), I built an employee check-in system that used the GPS capability on Android devices. I've released a stripped-down version of the code, and I released the calendar component as open-source as well.