About Me

My name is Aaron Massey. I’m a doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University in the Computer Science department focusing on Computer Security and Privacy issues. I am working with Dr. Annie Antón as a member of ThePrivacyPlace.org. You can find more information about my doctoral research on my publications page.

I worked with Dr. Eugene Spafford at CERIAS on legal compliance and auditing in software systems during the summer of 2009. As a recipient of a 2008 Google Policy Fellowship, I spent the summer of 2008 working with Jim Harper, Directory of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. I am also the recipient of the 2008-2009 Walter H. Wilkinson Graduate Research Ethics Fellowship, which allowed me to study the ethics of behavioral advertising technologies. I am a student member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). I am also a member of the USACM Public Policy committee.

I’m originally from Noblesville, Indiana, which is just northeast of Indianapolis. I have a BS in Computer Engineering from Purdue University and an MS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University. While at Purdue University, I did undergraduate research with Professor Carla Brodley in network intrusion detection. After graduating from Purdue, I worked for Advanced Micro Devices in Austin, Texas. During my three years at AMD, I worked as a Software Engineer focusing on Embedded Systems. Primarily my work consisted of writing Linux device drivers for the MIPS based Alchemy line of processors. The Alchemy business unit was sold to Raza Microelectronics.

Outside of my professional life, I have several hobbies. I’m a Linux hobbiest and a strong advocate of open source software. I’m a former Site Administrator for the Gentoo Linux Forums. I’ve been using Gentoo Linux since the 1.1a release.

As a high school student, I interned with the JFK Assassination records review board in Washington, D.C., and I’ve visited Dealey Plaza in Dallas, TX. For the record, I believe Oswald acted alone, but if you’re going to pick a conspiracy, the one that makes the most sense to me is the theory that the American Mafia had him killed.

Last, and certainly not least, I’m a fan of Indianapolis area sports teams.