I am currently a graduate student and research assistant in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I am conducting research into the connection between Differential Privacy and Robust Statistics under the advisement of Prof. Somesh Jha. In addition, I work for Prof. Barton Miller on the Middleware Security and Testing project where I conduct vulnerability assessments on large scale grid middleware platforms, develop exploits and work with development teams to roll out vulnerability mitigations.
Prior to grad school I received my BS in Political Science with an undergraduate certificate in Computer Science from UW-Madison
In a past life I worked in High-Threat Protection for the US Department of State in Iraq and Afghanistan, protecting American diplomats and foreign dignitaries as they traveled those war zones. I served as a Protection Specialist, then as Shift-Leader for 10-25 man teams and finally as Deputy Detail Leader for the 300 man Embassy Protection Detail, US Embassy-Kabul.
Prior to my work with the State Department I served as a Non-Comissioned Officer in the United States Army, with multiple deployments; including Iraq, Bosnia and Central America.
You can find my cv here.