Thomas Ristenpart
Brief Bio

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In Fall 2010, I completed my PhD in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of California at San Diego where I was a member of the Security and Cryptography Group. In September 2005, I received my Master's degree from the University of California at Davis, where I was a part of the security group and the cryptography group. I also received my Bachelor's from UC Davis in June 2003.

During my PhD I was lucky to enjoy visiting many locales to do research. I twice visited Phillip Rogaway and Mihir Bellare while they were in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2006 and 2007. Nothing says "grad school" quite like navigating crowded Thai streets on a moped, advisor on the back seat, while looking for power so we could meet a deadline during a brownout. In the Summer of 2007 I visited Tadayoshi Kohno at the University of Washington. I left with an extreme coffee addiction and the unshakable conviction that it rarely rains in Seattle. Finally, in the Spring of 2008 I visited Thomas Shrimpton at the University of Lugano, Switzerland, whose beautiful mountains allowed great running in between work fueled by Italian pizza and espresso. In between all this I managed to cope with the excessive sunshine of San Diego originally via triathlons, then some ultimate frisbee, and finally running a couple of half marathons. Throughout, I used up an incredible amount of sunscreen.