My name is Alaa Daffalla, and I'm a first year PhD in Computer Science student at Cornell advised by Thomas Ristenpart. I'm based in NYC at the Cornell Tech campus. My interests are broadly in usable and applied security and privacy. During my undergrad, I did research on optimization and hyper-heuristics. I received my Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Kansas.

Fun fact: I grew up in the beautiful city of Khartoum, a city where both the Blue Nile and White Nile meet to form the River Nile. If you want to know more about the history of Sudan, you can check out Meroe, Nubia, Kingdom of Kush and history of Sudan.