The Organizers


Zahra Ghodsi: Challenge Co-Lead

Zahra is a second year Ph.D. candidate at New York University and a recipient of the Ernst Weber Fellowship from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Zahra received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2013 and M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from New York University in 2015.

kevin-gallagher.pngKevin Gallagher: MENTOR

Kevin Gallagher's fascination with cybersecurity began when, as an undergraduate, he began reading articles about cyber attacks, vulnerabilities and defense. The fact that his college didn’t offer a course on the subject hardly deterred him. Gallagher approached a professor, conducted research and drew up a curriculum for an independent study on “Introduction to Cybersecurity.” The curriculum was approved and Kevin has been hooked on cybersecurity ever since.

A native New Yorker, Kevin went to high school in Queens and earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from CUNY's Hunter College. While there, he developed data analytics software for CUNY's Central Office and conducted research at the CUNY Graduate Center on bibliometrics and social networks. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Computer Science at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and will earn his doctorate in 2019. His areas of interest focus on unconventional security areas, namely anonymity, privacy and censorship circumvention.

Kevin served as the Applied Research Competition Lead in 2016 and experienced firsthand how CSAW was bridging the gap between academia and the industry.