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Alex Bellon

I am currently a PhD student in the CSE department at UC San Diego. I'm primarily interested in cybersecurity, privacy and open source. I recently graduated from UT Austin with degree 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 bi-weekly CTFs that we hosted. As captain of UT's Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) and Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) teams, I competed as part of the blue and red teams to secure services and machines in a simulated environment. I also used to TA for CS361: Introduction to Security and CS349: Contemporary Issues in Computer Science.

In terms of software development, for 2 years I did frontend work as the VP Webmaster for UT's chapter of ACM, and as one of the Webmasters for 'The Waitlisters'. As part of the Waitlisters, I also attended lots of hackathons where I did backend work for webapps, usually working in Python and SQL.

Outside of computer science, I like to do graphic design and photography to keep creative and take breaks from coding. I also enjoy 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!