- BS in Electrical Engineering, University of Iowa
- Hometown: Chicago, IL
- Field of Study: Computer Science
- PhD Advisor: Cristina Nita-Rotaru
What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?
I’m a first year PhD student. I was in the Masters program last year, doing research with Professor Cristina Nita-Rotaru. She offered me an opportunity to join the PhD program and I excitedly accepted.
What are your research interests in a bit more detail? Is your current academic/research path what you always had in mind for yourself, or has it evolved somewhat? If so, how/why?
I’m interested in the security of networks and distributed systems. This is a critical area in our current age of connectivity and reliance on network applications. After graduating with my BS, I went to work as a software engineer. I thought that was the career path I wanted, but after a few years I found that I was more drawn in by the fundamental questions about how to create secure systems. Since that point, I have been pursuing a career in research.
What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?
I want to provide useful analyses of the security properties of networks and use that knowledge to build better networks.
What aspect of what you do is most interesting/fascinating to you? What aspects of your research (findings, angles, problems you’re solving) might surprise others?
I enjoy the freedom I have to view network security from so many perspectives. On one day I might be considering the fragility of a network from a topological perspective, the next day I might be thinking about what attacks I might be able to perform on a network’s distributed protocols. All of these perspectives are important, and people outside the field rarely realize how complex these systems are.
What are your research/career goals, going forward?
I’m considering either a job doing research in industry or staying in academia. Fortunately, I have some time to think about it.