Applied Research Judges

2019 Final Judges for US-Canada

(in alphabetical order) 

Kris Ambrose

Cyber Security Research Scientist, BAE Systems

Mr. Kristopher Ambrose (OSCP, NSTISSI-4011) – Mr. Ambrose has 14+ years of experience in systems and software engineering with the last 11 years being applied in the cybersecurity research field. He has developed plugins for the reverse engineering tool IDA Pro and has explored the understanding of malicious software techniques. Mr. Ambrose has participated in a number of cyber defense exercises. More recently he has been researching graph theory as it applies to executables and other file formats. Mr. Ambrose holds a Master of Science in Computer Science concentrating in Secure Software Engineering from James Madison University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. 

Omkhar Arasaratnam

Executive Director, Data Management and Protection Technology, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Omkhar Arasaratnam is the executive director in charge of data management and protection technology at JP Morgan Chase. Omkhar has built and led a team of technologists across the globe to address one of the most challenging problems in security today: How to protect data. Through partnership with industry leaders, and the development of internal assets, Omkhar's team has developed a revolutionary approach to addressing data-protection at scale using modern engineering techniques and practices.He is an accomplished author and inventor with several patents and books to his name.

Gerard (Jerry) Brady

Global Chief Information Security Officer, Distinguished Engineer, Morgan Stanley

Gerard Brady is the Global Chief Information Security Officer for Morgan Stanley. • Gerard serves on several senior committees in Information and Cybersecurity, Fraud, and Risk. He reports to the Firm’s Chief Information Officer of Technology Risk and Cybersecurity, and acts as a senior advisor and crisis manager in cybersecurity matters. • Gerard joined Morgan Stanley in 2005, serving as the Firm’s Global Head of IT Security prior to assuming his current role as Global Chief Information Security Officer in 2012. Before joining the Firm, Gerard served as the Head of Enterprise Security Software and Head of Emerging Technologies for Internet Security Systems and as the Chief Security Officer and Chief Technology Officer for Guardent (A VeriSign acquisition). Earlier in his career, Gerard held senior positions in Information Security, Cybersecurity, and Technology at Prudential, JP Morgan and BankersTrust. • Gerard has external roles including serving on the Board of Directors of the Financial Systemic Analysis & Resilience Center (FSARC) and Continuous Linked Settlement (CLS Group). In addition, he serves on New York University’s Cyber Fellows Advisory Council, advising on curriculum for cybersecurity programs in the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of cybersecurity at industry, client, and internal forums. • Gerard Brady is responsible for the Firm’s relationship with the U.S. Government and law enforcement as it relates to cybersecurity.

Tim Callahan

SVP, Global Chief Security Officer, Aflac 

Timothy L. Callahan, CISSP, CISM, CRISC Senior Vice President, Global Security; Chief Security Officer Tim Callahan joined Aflac in 2014, bringing more than 30 years of experience in information and physical security, business resiliency and risk management. He was promoted to his current role in January 2016, where he is responsible for directing Aflac’s global security strategy and leading the information security, business continuity and disaster recovery functions across the company to prioritize security initiatives and allocate resources based on appropriate risk assessments. Prior to joining Aflac, he served as senior vice president of business continuity and information assurance for SunTrust Banks, Inc. He also held leadership positions at People’s United Bank. Tim served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years and earned an associate’s degree from the Community College of the Air Force and a bachelor’s degree from the University of the State of New York, Albany.

Tim Dierks

Director of Engineering, Google 


Brandon Edwards

Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Capsule8

Brandon Edwards is Capsule8’s Chief Scientist responsible for cybersecurity research strategy and for operationalizing findings into resulting innovations. Prior to Capsule8, Brandon was VP of Threat Labs at BAE Systems, having joined the company through its successful acquisition of SilverSky, where he designed their cloud-based, zero-day prevention product. Brandon has also served as hacker-in-residence at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and held senior security roles at TippingPoint and McAfee.

Andrey Kravtsov

Sr Software Engineer II, Uber

Andrey Kravtsov leads engineering efforts on Uber's open-sourced distributed tracing platform Jaeger ( as well as other company-wide Observability tracing platforms. Andrey has a diverse industry experience across product, infrastructure and security engineering domains in tech (Uber, Facebook/Instagram), financial services (JPMorganChase and Goldman Sachs) as well in start-ups

David K.A. Mordecai

Lead Investigator, RiskEcon Lab @Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU; Co-Managing Member, Numerati Partners LLC

David K.A. Mordecai, PhD is lead investigator at the RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics, established in 2011, Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University (NYU) and Co-Managing Member of Numerati Partners, LLC, an R&D ecosystem manager. He has served as an adjunct instructor of applied mathematics at Courant, as well as an Adjunct Professor and an active member of the working group for the NYU Center for Data Science (NYUCDS) at its inception. He has been a Fellow and a member of the Advisory Board of the Mathematical Finance program at Courant. From 2012 to 2015, he held a joint appointment at Stern Graduate School of Business, as a Senior Research Scholar for Computational Economics of Commerce, Law and Geo-Politics. Since 2013, he has served as the first Scientist-in-Residence at FinTech Innovation Lab, an accelerator platform for early and growth stage technology firms, organized by The Partnership Fund for New York City in conjunction with Accenture and a consortium of global financial institutions and venture capital firms. He is a member of the Board of Governors for the New York Academy of Sciences, and a Vice-Chair of both the AI and Robotics Law committee and the Nanotechnology committee of the ABA Sci-Tech Chapter. He earned a Ph.D. with concentrations in Econometrics/Mathematical Statistics and Economics/Industrial Organization from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business.

Tom Quinn

Chief Information Security Officer, T. Rowe Price 

2019 Program Committee / Preliminary Round Judges

listed alphabetically by last name

Devdatta Akhawe | Director of Security Engineering, Dropbox

Maxwell Matthaios Aliapoulios | PhD Candidate, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Frederico Araujo | Research Scientist, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, CSAW’14 Finalist

Justin Cappos | Professor, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Juntao Chen | PhD Candidate, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Yaohui Chen | Northeastern University, CSAW’17 3rd place

Yizheng Chen | Columbia University, CSAW’17 Finalist

Bill Cheswick | Security & Networking Researcher

Periwinkle Doerfler | PhD Candidate, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Mohamed El Massad | PhD Candidate, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Saverio Fazzari | Booz Allen Hamilton

Paul Giura | AT&T Security Research Center; Adjunct Professor, NYU

Yunhan Huang | PhD Candidate, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Haadi Jafarian | Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver

Markus Jakobsson | ZapFraud

Vinayaka Jyothi | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Trishank Karthik Kuppusamy | Datadog; NYU Tandon School of Engineering

David Kohlbrenner | University of California San Diego, CSAW’16 2nd place

Eugene Kolodenker | Boston University; MITRE, CSAW’17 Finalist

Hyungjoon Koo | Stony Brook University

Jay Koven | PhD Candidate, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Chris Lamb | Reproducible Builds

Yiwen Li | PhD Candidate, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Wei Meng | Assistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, CSAW’16 Finalist

Maria Mera | PhD Candidate, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Dimitris Mouris | University of Delaware

Collin Mulliner | Cruise 

Theofilos Petsios | Research Scientist, Capsule8, CSAW’17 2nd Place 

Rui Qiao | LinkedIn, CSAW’16 Finalist

Güliz Seray Tuncay | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, CSAW’18 Finalist

Hossein Siadati | Google Security Team 

Jared Smith | University of Tennessee, Knoxville, CSAW’18 1st Place

Peter Snyder | Brave Software, CSAW’17 Finalist

Deepraj Soni | PhD Candidate, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Octavian Suciu | University of Maryland, CSAW’18 Finalist

Kejsi Take | PhD Candidate, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Sai Teja Peddinti | Senior Research Scientist, Google 

Santiago Torres | PhD Candidate, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Tavish Vaidya | Google, CSAW’16 1st Place

Victor van der Veen | Qualcomm Product Security, CSAW’17 1st Place

Terry Wang | Intel 

Dongpeng Xu | Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire, CSAW’17 Finalist

Muhammad Yasin | Texas A&M University