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CSAW'15 Challenge Leads, Mentors, and Guides

Capture the Flag

ERIC LIANG: CHALLENGE LEAD

Eric participated in CTF twice these past two years; he also volunteered last fall to help set up the CTF finals. He's majoring in Computer Science, expects to graduate in 2016, and loves watching movies.

KEVIN CHUNG: MENTOR

Kevin is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and expects to graduate in 2015. At CSAW, he used to run CTF, and when he was in high school, he won HSF. Kevin likes Python.

JULIAN COHEN: ADVISOR

Julian has variously won, advised, judged, run, managed, or created every CSAW event that exists today. Fun Fact: Julian attended his first CSAW while he was in high school, but never competed in the High School Forensics competition.

KEITH O'BRIEN: FACULTY GUIDE

Keith O'Brien is an Adjuct Professor in the Computer Science department at ... Read more

Department of Homeland Security Quiz

LINDA NGUYEN: CHALLENGE LEAD

Linda is working toward a degree in Computer Science with an expected graduation of 2018. This is her first year participating in CSAW. She enjoys wearing her socks inside-out.

NICK ANDERSON: MENTOR

Nick graduated in December 2014 with a masters in Cyber Security. He was a challenge lead for the DHS Quiz last year, with the formidable title of "CSAW Meta." He is secretly a Viking.

TREVOR KROEGER: MENTOR

Trevor is pursuing a Masters of Science in Cyber Security, with a graduation date of May 2015. He volunteered at CSAW in 2013 with general operations, and in 2014, he was the challenge lead for the DHS Quiz Competition. He's also visited every NHL Arena currently being used by NHL teams.

BRENDON DOLAN-GAVITT: FACULTY GUIDE

Brendon Dolan-Gavitt is a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University in the IDS Lab ... Read more

Embedded Security Challenge

NEKTARIOS TSOUTSOS: CHALLENGE LEAD

Nektarios will graduate in 2018 with a PhD in Computer Science. He won first place in ESC at CSAW 2013 as a first-year doctoral student. He's currently living at the NYU campus in Abu Dhabi.

MICHAIL MANIATAKOS: FACULTY GUIDE

Michail Maniatakos’s scholarly interests span from abstract computer science to hardware manufacturing. Maniatakos has published in several key research areas, such as computer architecture ... Read more

High School Forensics

EMILY WICKI: CHALLENGE LEAD

Emily expects to graduate in 2017 with a degree in Computer Science, and has been involved in CSAW HSF since 2011, when she took first prize in the competition. In 2012 she was a finalist, and in 2013 and 2014 she helped design evidence. Emily likes to walk barefoot on the beach in the winter.

CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON: CHALLENGE LEAD

Christopher is studying Computer Science at NYU with a specialty in Cyber Security, and expects to graduate in 2018. He qualified for HSF finals in 2013. The following year, he helped create the competition. Christopher spends most of his days listening to music.

MEGHAN CAIAZZO: MENTOR

Meghan graduated in December 2014 with a masters in Cyber Security. In 2013 she helped develop evidence for the HSF finals, and in 2014, she ran the entire competition. On a side note, she has a twin brother.

MARC BUDOFSKY: ADVISOR

Marc graduated in 2014 after majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Cyber Security, and is currently an adjunct professor for Digital Forensics. He was an HSF challenge lead in 2012 and 2013, as well as an HSF mentor in 2014.

JOEL FERNANDEZ: FACULTY GUIDE

Joel earned his masters in Cyber Security in 2011. From 2009 to 2012, he participated on the lead team for HSF. In 2012, he was an advisor to HSF and to CSAW at large. Today he's an adjunct professor and independent consultant at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, as well as a subject-matter expert (SME) in Cyber Security & Forensics for the United States federal government. Funny story: in 1997, Joel was a finalist in the Rube Goldberg Competition. His team was to demonstrate their machine live on Good Morning America with a little-known correspondent – Stephen Colbert. When their machine failed, Colbert turned to the camera and said, "Laughter turns to tears..." "I will never forgive him for that one," Joel recalls.

Policy Competition

BRIAN ESCHELS: CHALLENGE LEAD

Brian majored in Psychology and Philosophy, and is currently pursuing a Law degree with an expected graduation of 2016. In the past he's served as a CSAW volunteer, and his favorite frisbee throw is the Scoober.

DAN GUIDO: ADVISOR

Dan Guido is a co-founder of Trail of Bits, Hacker in Residence at NYU Engineering, and a moderator of Reddit Netsec (the largest security forum on the internet). He runs the THREADS security research conference, mentors CSAW student competition leaders, and sits on the advisory board for COUNTERMEASURE. Dan has been involved with CSAW since the the first time it ran.

ZACHARY GOLDMAN: FACULTY GUIDE

Zachary K. Goldman is the Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law. Zachary returned to NYU in 2012 after having served for several years in the ... Read more

Applied Research Competition

TOAN NGUYEN: CHALLENGE LEAD

Toan is working toward a PhD in Computer Science with a graduation date of 2017. For the last two years he volunteered in the Applied Research Competition at CSAW: gathering the judges, walking them through each poster, noting their scores and votes, facilitating their discussion and collecting the final results. Random fact: he tries to stay away from computers as much as he can.

HOSSEIN SIADATI: CHALLENGE LEAD

Hossein is a PhD student in Computer Science since 2013. He participated in CSAW for the last two years. Interesting facts: Hossein is a hiker and a chess player! His Erdös Number is 4.

JAY KOVEN: MENTOR

Jay is a PhD candidate in Computer Science, with graduation slated for May 2018. Last year he was the challenge lead for the Applied Research Competition at CSAW. He's also a private pilot in both gliders and power aircraft with multi-engine and instrument ratings, and has flown over a dozen different aircraft, including three different World War II vintage models.

JUSTIN CAPPOS: FACULTY GUIDE

Justin Cappos is an Assistant Professor of Security, Operating Systems and Networks at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering ... Read more