I’m a senior in the Information Technology program and a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service student at New Mexico Tech. My key academic interest is in critical infrastructure national security, particularly as it pertains to smart electrical grids and the consequent threat of terrorism. This leads me to a strong interest in SCADA and related industrial control and monitoring technologies, as well as the communication infrastructure that supports these systems on a distributed scale. I am also interested in criminal computer forensics, particularly of technically advanced white-collar crime.
I am currently interning at Los Alamos National Laboratories via telework, where I am working on Puppet configuration management of internal systems, including refactoring and porting existing configurations from CFEngine.
I also work for the university as a Linux system administrator in the Tech Computer Center, where I administer Fedora workstations in a university computer lab environment, and the relevant support systems including HTTP, mail, DNS, DHCP, etc. servers. I am also currently employed by the Physics department, where I write control software for the New Mexico Exoplanet Spectroscopic Survey Instrument (NESSI). Finally, I am a regular volunteer with the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.
My personal interests include photography (especially architectural), music of most genres, humanism and secular ethics, and philosophy in general. I spend what time my full-time student status allows on advocacy for gender and sexual minority (GSM) issues, ethical and environmentally responsible electronic waste disposal, and improved career-oriented STEM education at the K-12 level.
I lived my entire life in Portland, Oregon up until attending New Mexico Tech. I graduated from Grover Cleveland High School as the Outstanding Business Student in 2010. While in high school I was heavily involved in the Future Business Leaders of America (I am a two-time national skills competition champion) and the FIRST Robotics Competition (Team 1432). While in Portland I worked or volunteered with the Democratic Party of Oregon and Free Geek.