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Summary

An ordinary guy who's extraordinarily curious about security and Artificial Intelligence.

Work History

Mar 2016Present

Security Application Analyst II

Benefitfocus

· Actively assists the principal Security Architect.

· Provides architectural risk reviews on cryptographic attacks (e.g., TLS side-channel attacks involving compression.)

· Responsible for the direction of the company-wide vulnerability management system.

· Performs secure code reviews within the SDLC. For vulnerabilities found, creates proof of concept code so stakeholders can replicate the discovery.

· Collaborates with development teams across the company to fix vulnerabilities.

May 2015Mar 2016

Software Engineer

Benefitfocus

· Within 10 months of hire, started the transition into the Security Application Analyst II role. (This was a promotion in terms of pay and responsibility within the company.)

· After 4 months in the position, was trusted to develop (and present) a 3-day training to onboard developers onto the codebase.

· Participated in community outreach by involving myself with The Iron Yard (a local coding school). Responsibilities included mentoring Iron Yard students, and giving a guest lecture to make security concepts more accessible to novice developers.

· Develops in Node.js and Backbone.js to power the shopping experience in a SaaS product with over 25 million users.

Jan 2016Present

DevOps Engineer

Cal. State University Northridge (CSUN) Economics Department

 · Collaborated with two Economics professors on the technical design of a research study that leverages Artifical Intelligence (i.e., Natural Language Processing) and "big data" from Twitter.

· Built a resilient technology stack that persists more than 150,000 tweets a day.

· Responsible for deploying/programming the Node.js servers, AWS infrastructure, Linux instances, and a 3 member MongoDB cluster.


Apr 2015Present

Tutorial Creator

Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6MtfYt8_tYftqEFCLm9wdg

· Published 10 security-centric tutorials to make security concepts more accessible to developers.

· Created 5 tutorials on low-level security concepts within Linux (e.g., CPU protection rings, sandboxing of the kernel and user space, etc.)



Aug 2013Dec 2013

Research Assistant in User Experience

University of Michigan

· Responsible for researching the usability characteristics of Mobile Dad (an iOS app that fosters connection within military families).

Feb 2011May 2012

Research Assistant in Economics/Econometrics

California State University, Northridge (CSUN)

• Due to a limited budget, I implemented a trigonometric model to calculate thousands of distances on the globe.

• For my ability to creatively solve data extraction challenges, I was given co-authorship of a soon-to-be-published academic paper and awarded at the department's year-end event.

Aug 2010Dec 2010

Teaching Assistant in Economics

California State University, Northridge (CSUN)

• Answered student questions and helped proctor exams for a Microeconomics class.

Education

Economics, BA

California State University Northridge (CSUN)

• Achieved a 3.76 GPA overall


Scholarships received:

• 2012 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. (Out of 6500 students, 5 of these awards were given.)

• 2012-2013 Sheila Kar Heath Foundation Scholarship

• 2012 William R. Hosek Achievement Award

• 2010-2011 Associated Student’s Scholarship


Awards received:

• 2012 University Student Union Spirit Award

• 2012 Economics Department Certificate Of Excellence

• 2012 Outstanding Representation and Support of the CSUN Economics Department


Certifications

Dec 2015Present

M102: MongoDB for DBAs

MongoDB, Inc.