Jared is a Cyber Security Researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he leads several R&D projects and works on others in collaboration with researchers from MIT, Stanford Research Institute, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FBI, NSA, GE, and many other organizations. As a Tennessee Top 100 Fellow, Jared is currently working on his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Tennessee with a focus on Internet infrastructure resiliency and privacy-preserving methods of communication in the UT Computer Security Lab. Jared received his BS in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee as well, and while he was an undergrad at UT, Jared founded and led the student-organized computer security organization, HackUTK, growing it from four founders to over 200 members. He also founded and led the first VolHacks, UT’s annual software, hardware, and VR hackathon, bringing in 23 sponsors and 200+ students in its first year. In his spare time, he teaches courses at Treehouseadvises several companies on a wide range of technical matters, gives conference talks across North America, organizes technology conferences, and hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Featured Awards

  • 2017 - 2021
    Tennessee Top 100 Fellowship for Graduate Excellence
    The Tennessee Top 100 Fellowship (also the Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence) is a “fellowship program that will help UT recruit the best and brightest graduate students from around the world. The Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence, administered by the Graduate School, will debut in the fall of 2017 as the university’s premier graduate fellowship program.”

  • April 2017
    Leadership Legacy Award by the University of Tennessee
    Received the Leadership Legacy award given to 3rd and 4th year undergraduates at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville by the Dean of Students and Division of Student Life. From the nomination description: This award celebrates students who have made a significant impact on the UT and/or surrounding community during their time at the institution, with an emphasis on how they have influenced the development and mentoring of future leaders.
  • Fall 2016
    1st Place in Boyd Venture Challenge
    Won $17,600 in 2016 Boyd Venture Challenge at UTK, funded by Randy Boyd, Founder and Executive Chairman of Radio Systems Corp and the State of Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development.
  • Fall 2016
    VandyHacks III - Winner of BNY Mellon's Prize
    Won $2k and internship offers from BNY Mellon.
  • Fall 2016
    3rd Place in Vol Court Pitch Competition
    Won $500 and Legal and Accounting Services for 3rd Place in the Fall 2016 Vol Court pitch competition for a travel security startup.
  • Spring 2016
    2nd Place in Graves Undergraduate Business Plan Competition
    Won $3,000 for developing a business plan and pitching an app our team built to a veteran team of local investors and established business leaders.
  • Spring 2016
    3rd Place in Vol Court Pitch Competition
    Won $500 and Legal and Accounting Services for 3rd Place in the Fall 2016 Vol Court pitch competition for a consumer startup.
  • Spring 2016
    HackMT - 3rd Place
    Won 3rd Place at Middle Tennessee State University's first hackathon.
  • Fall 2015
    VandyHacks II - Winner of Best Mobile App by AT&T and Best Use of Location by Yik Yak
    Won Best Mobile App by AT&T and received over $1500 worth of brand new Android phones. Won Best of Use of Location and won a branded Yik Yak Hover Board.
  • Spring 2015
    VandyHacks I - Finalist
    1 of 6 Finalists of 30 teams at the first VandyHacks.