What brought you to Lincoln Laboratory?
I'm a PhD candidate at the University of South Florida focusing on research in the area of software security. I am a National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellow, and, as a part of my fellowship, NSF offers a supplemental program called NSF INTERN that allows fellows to do nonacademic research internships. I applied for this program and was awarded the supplemental grant to do a six-month internship here at the Laboratory.
What do you work on?
I work on data provenance, which is metadata describing the history of data from inception to current state. I specifically address how security policies can be expressed over provenance metadata. The ability to express policies over provenance metadata is important for preventing the consumption, and limiting the propagation, of untrusted or tainted data. This work might be beneficial for limiting the propagation of "fake news" on social media, detecting altered images or videos, or detecting voter fraud.
What have you enjoyed most about your experience here?
I've enjoyed feeling a part of the team. Everyone that I've met here is always willing to help with any research challenge that I have come across, even if they are not on my specific project. I never felt isolated. I've also enjoyed learning so many new things and being in an environment that allows you to continuously learn.
As an intern, did you feel supported at the Laboratory?
Yes, I felt very supported and mentored at the Lab. My mentor, Tyler Kaczmarek, was always open to any research ideas that I had and allowed me to explore those ideas, which ultimately gave me confidence in myself as a researcher. All of my team members were always willing to give helpful feedback on my project. My office mates were also very supportive during my time here, always willing to answer any technical questions that I had or general questions about life at the Lab and career advice.