Hi! I’m a Cyber Security Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where I lead several projects of my own and collaborate on others with some of the best applied security researchers in the world. I am currently working on my PhD in Computer Science with a focus on computer security at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where I also received my BS in Computer Science. As an undergrad, I founded and led the first VolHacks, my university’s hackathon, raising 35k, hosting 23+ sponsors, and bringing in over 200 students in its first year. I also founded and led HackUTK, our university’s resident security club, growing it from four founders to over 90 active members and 6 sponsors in 1.5 years. I have also published at peer-reviewed academic venues, given a number of industry conference and meetup talks, and am an experienced software engineer capable of working across a variety of systems and languages.
I have significant experience in cyber security, from leading projects in pure and applied academic and industry research, to pentesting web applications, networks, and vehicles, to building tools. I work on cutting edge computer security R&D at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with previous security experience at Cisco Systems and several security startups.
I am involved in research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville ranging from Network Security to Big Data to Machine Learning. I founded and led my university’s student computer security organization, founded and led our first hackathon, and am continuing to build my publication track record.
I’m actively involved in thinking up the next great products. I’ve won many pitch competitions and technical hackathons, advised a number of high-growth and lifestyle startups, and actively mentor at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center in my hometown.