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a cropped photo of alex standing in the woods. they have on a black hoodie, a black hat, and pink clear glasses. they are looking at the camera and have their hands in their hoodie pocket.

alex bellon (aka "balex")

interested in doohickeys, gizmos and thingamabobs

I am a third year PhD student in the CSE department at UC San Diego, advised by Deian Stefan and Pat Pannuto. I'm primarily interested in the security of high risk systems and embedded devices. My research is partially supported by a San Diego Fellowship.

I graduated from UT Austin in 2021 with degrees in CS and Mathematics, where I was very involved in the security community. I served as president of UT's cybersecurity organization, Information and Systems Society (ISSS), and also captained UT's Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) and Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) teams.

I used to serve as the VP of Web/Tech for UT's ACM chapter, where I started mulitple different initiatives to make computer science more accessible. I also used to attend a lot of hackathons.