I am a research scientist in the Center for High Assurance Computer Systems at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory where I work in the anonymity and privacy lab, most closely with Aaron Johnson and Paul Syverson.
My research interests lie in distributed systems and protocol security, including peer-to-peer systems, network security, anonymity, and privacy. Analyzing proposed distributed systems reveals design techniques and primitives that do and do not work well when designing system architectures. Since theoretically secure systems that are hard to use or have high performance costs will not be practically accepted, I wish to explore software and systems that provide practical and usable security.
I was awarded a PhD from the Computer Science Department at the University of Minnesota in October, 2012. I've had the honor of being advised by Nicholas Hopper while also working closely with Yongdae Kim and others from the distributed systems security lab.