Alex Nelson, Ph.D.

Doctor of Computer Science
Computer Scientist
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive
Mailstop 8930
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Email: At acm·org, ajnelson
Curriculum vitae
Supplementary research material
Public key
On Github, Google Scholar, and LinkedIn.

I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from 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 have concluded the Phylum Mollusca line of my education: where Evergreen has the geoduck, UC Santa Cruz has the banana slug. While there is a mollusc that flies, there is yet no school that has assumed it as a mascot, so I am unlikely to continue the progression since sea to land.

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