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Alex Nelson

Ph.D. Student
Department of Computer Science
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
University of California, Santa Cruz
Office: Engineering 2 Rm 383
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Email: At cs·ucsc·edu, ajnelson
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I am a Computer Science Ph.D. student working under Professor Darrell Long in the Storage Systems Research Center and Working-group on Applied Security and Privacy at UC Santa Cruz. My research and interests include secure archival storage, computer security, indexing, long-term data management, and digital forensics.

Biography in Brief

In my undergraduate studies, I split my time between mathematics and computer science at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. After graduating with a combined Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in 2005, I worked for three years at Looking Glass Analytics as a web and SAS programmer, continuing my studies online in the meanwhile. After a refresher on probability theory from Colorado State University and some graduate Data Mining from Central Connecticut State University, I decided to put a little more physical dedication into going back to school.

I am now continuing the Phylum Mollusca line of my education: where Evergreen has the geoduck, UC Santa Cruz has the banana slug.

My interests outside of academics and molluscs include performing on viola, dancing or DJ'ing swing, and dabbling with photography, particularly long-exposure photography.