Another World

April 13, 2009

I have been, over the past months, applying to doctoral programs. After applying to over a dozen programs, I am very pleased to announce that I have accepted an offer.

I will enter the PhD program in Computation, Organizations, and Society in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon (cos.cs.cmu.edu).

CMU is a great place to be studying computer science, and this program is an amazingly good match for me. My interest in computer science has for years been a combination of security and how people use computers. For example, my prior publication is on password policy simulation (available under the Files secion). This program, and my future lab in particular, manage to combine those two areas in a way I haven't seen anywhere else. They call it "usable security," which is a fine name for it.

I'm looking forward to starting in August. Until then, I'll be continuing to live in Massachusetts.