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About Me

I received my B.S. in Computer Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2006 and my M.S. in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009. I am currently a PhD candidate at Northeastern University and a member of the Northeastern University Computer Architecture Research Group (NUCAR) . My advisor is Professor David Kaeli.

Research

My primary research interest is computer security, and I am particularly interested in operating system security and in leveraging the virtualization layer for security and malware analysis. I am very fortunate to collaborate with the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Cyber System Assessments group. I am interested in the dynamic instrumentation and analysis of malware, and am specifically interested in malware that utilizes sophisticated rootkit techniques to deceive or hide from malware analyzers or other security solutions. I have written DIONE, a disk instrumentation library that interposes between a system and its hard disk and reconstructs high-level file system operations from raw intercepted disk access contents and metadata. Using Dione and other analysis tools, I plan to analyze and classify malware—especially stealthy malware that evades other dynamic analyzers.

I am also interested in resource management, specifically memory management. For my master's research, I developed Software Transactional Memory for a multicore embedded system, the Analog Devices Blackfin dual-core BF561. This work was done in conjunction with Draper Laboratory and their Draper Laboratory Fellow program.

Teaching

In 2009 and 2010 I was the instructor of record for ECEU322, Digital Logic Design for undergraduates, at Northeastern University. The course presents the fundamentals of digital logic analysis, synthesis, and design of combinational and sequential circuits. My responsibilities included creating and giving lectures, generating and grading exams, and meeting with students during office hours.

Contact Me

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617)373-7349
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