Leah Burkhardt

Software Engineer

Hi! I'm Leah Burkhardt.

I currently work at Facebook. I have worked for the last few years on ML Systems--making ML easy and accessible for all software engineers.

I received my B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley. I spent the majority of my time in undergrad working on research (Control, Information Theory, Applied Reinforcement Learning, Transportation Systems). You can see the papers I worked on under 'Publications.'

I enjoy running, powerlifting, hiking, reading books, traveling, and textile arts. I am fluent in Mandarin. I love new experiences and making new friends!

You might previously know me as Leah Dickstein. I married in 2022!

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Job Experience

Facebook | July 2017 - Present
UC Berkeley | January 2015 - May 2017
Addepar | May 2016 - August 2016


B.S. in EECS | UC Berkeley, May 2017


EECS Excellence Award | Berkeley

For a more detailed CV, updated as of April 2023, please click here.


Cathy Wu, Kanaad Parvate, Nishant Kheterpal, Leah Dickstein, Ankur Mehta, Eugene Vinitsky, Alexandre Bayen "Framework for Control and Deep Reinforcement Learning in Traffic" Intelligent Transportation Systems (2017) In submission. Github code here.

Leah Dickstein, Vasuki Swamy, Gireeja Ranade and Anant Sahai “Finite Blocklength Coding for Low Latency High Reliability Wireless Communication” Allerton Conference on Communication, Control and Computing (2016)

Kevin Keller, Ethan Robinson, Leah Dickstein, Heidi Hahn, Alessandro Cattaneo, and David Mascarenas “Extending human proprioception to cyber-physical systems” Proc. SPIE 9803, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2016, 980304 (2016); doi:10.1117/12.2219534

Leah Dickstein “Exhaust-ive Learning: Deep Reinforcement Learning for Energy Reduction on Highways” Term Paper for Graduate Deep Neural Networks. (2016)

About Me

I am a lenient vegetarian. I want to reduce my meat consumption for environmental reasons, but sometimes I cheat because meat is dee-licious and life isn't black and white 🍣🍗

I enjoy powerlifting, cycling and running. I like hiking, including mountaineering in snow. I also like skiing and scuba diving.

I love reading: fantasy, science fiction, history, and non-fiction. My favorite authors include: J.R.R. Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, Terry Pratchett, and Ursula K. Le Guin.