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Gustavo Diaz Galeas

My name is Gustavo, a first-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in computer engineering, an elegant field that combines the concepts of computer science with the principles of electrical engineering. This selection of my graduate field of study follows from my undergraduate degree, which is also in computer engineering. My current research interest is in the study of the security of GPU architectures. 

This path of the study of security in computer architectures was spurred by an undergraduate course I took with my current research adviser, Dr. Fan Yao. It was a course on hardware security and trusted circuit design, where I learned much about hardware exploits and microarchitectural attacks, and connected with Dr. Yao. 

If there are any words of wisdom that I may impart on anyone, is that we are as much of our failures as we are our successes. Anyone in a field of STEM can tell you that they have failed more often than they’d like to admit, and it is through these failures that we learn the most, becoming more determined on achieving our goals. Grit is the defining characteristic in many STEM majors. So, if you fall, just pick yourself back up, mount your horse, and charge on! 

Whenever I’m not studying, which is often rare, I like to partake in potlucks with friends and family, pursue personal programming and electronics projects, and play videogames, in particular massively-multiplayer online games such as Guild Wars 2. On occasion, I may also join others in traditional table-top games such as Dungeons & Dragons. As of late, I have also taken up scrapbooking. It is through these activities that I find myself the happiest outside of my engineering courses.