Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Engineering Computer Science Dormitory Application

This is my application to the ESC dorm, I thought I'd post it because it gives a OK background to my interests in computer science and security in general:

Why are you a good candidate for the Living-Learning Center?

I feel that I would be a candidate for the LLC for several reasons. First I am a bit of an anomaly among computer scientists and engineers in general, I am an extrovert. I have an innate ability to talk and to lead. As an active member of the Baylor Debate team I bring a level of philosophy and facilitated conversation that is just not often seen among many engineers. I'm active in sports and really enjoyed playing intramurals with my Penland dorm mates this year (I plan to continue playing next year too). I am a great computer scientist and already tutor one of the North Village residents (Kathryn Brune), I find teaching very fulfilling and hope to help more of my friends as they go through. I have a huge interest in science as a whole, an I desire the academic environment provided by the LLC to make friends I can work with not just now but in the future as well. In final analysis I am a well rounded individual with expressed interests in several fields who wishes to build strong relationships with other engineers for the future.

  1. What person or event influenced most your decision to study Computer Science?

I always knew that I wanted to pursue a carer in engineering; science is what I love and what I've always done best. I suppose that my desire for computer science really catalyzed just a year ago while I was reading the work of Cory Doctorow and Eric S. Raymond, both authors of computer history and science novels. Doctorow's work "Little Brother" was what made me aware of all sorts of security threats (and dare I say a bit paranoid) and it was Raymond's writing that exposed me to the culture of computers and hacking (the non-malicious kind) in general. I wrote my first security analysis for archlinux.org shortly after on the topic of MITM DNS attacks (I had been a silent observer of the Linux and security worlds for several years before hand). I got an amazing response! I knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

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