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Alex Bellon

I am a PhD student in the CSE department at UC San Diego, advised by Alex Snoeren and Deian Stefan. I'm primarily interested in security, cryptography, privacy and open source. My research ranges from reverse engineering firmware from embedded devices to to measuring the performance and reliability of IoT networks.

I recently graduated from UT Austin 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), where I wrote CTF challenges for the CTFs that we hosted and gave talks about security topics like cryptography, data forensics, and more. I also served as captain of UT's Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) and Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) teams, where I competed as part of the blue and red teams to secure services and machines in a simulated environment (most notably, we made it to the 2021 Nationals for CCDC!). I also used to TA for CS361: Introduction to Security and CS349: Contemporary Issues in Computer Science at UT Austin.

I also 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 for new CS majors. I also used to attend a lot of hackathons.

Outside of computers, I enjoy trivia, bouldering, reading (mostly non-fiction), photography and visual art. I also love the performing arts, and went to see every Broadway show that came to UT at the Bass Concert Hall (before COVID :/). I also used to play Quidditch (yes, really) for UT's club team!