What I love about Computer Science is the field’s unique combination of formal abstractions and logic on the one hand, and very tangible real-world applications and practical experimentation on the other.
During my studies, at EPFL and Carnegie Mellon University, I developed a particular interest for research in Computer Security and Cryptography. To ensure that a computer system is truly secure, you have to think like an adversary, and consider worst possible scenarios at every turn. This requires a kind of mental gymnastics that I find extremely challenging and fascinating.
Pursuing a PhD at Stanford University will enable me to reach a deeper understanding of my field, to collaborate with some of the leading researchers in the world, and hopefully make my own meaningful contribution to the study of secure computer systems.
I express my sincere gratitude to the Zdenek and Michaela Bakala Foundation, for their support as I embark on this exciting academic adventure abroad.