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a cropped photo of alex pretending to ride a frog statue at a zoo. they have on a black hoodie, a hat, and patterened colorful pants. they have their hand up as if they are a rodeo cowboy.

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 supported by a Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship and 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.