Education

Nick is excited to be attending UMass Amherst in the Fall of 2019 in the cybersecurity Master’s program. Once again he will be a member of OPM’s Cybercorp SFS program, the ACM club, the cybersecurity club, and the pentest club so he will have even more opportunities to increase both the depth the breadth of his skills on top of the already rigorous course load.

Nick graduated from UMass Amherst in May 2018 with a BS in Computer Science. He finished with a 3.719/4.0 GPA and 148 credits (requirement is 120). The relevant courses that he took are:

  • MATH132 – Calculus II
  • MATH233 – Multivariate Calculus
  • MATH235 – Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • CS187 – Programming with Data Structures
  • CS197C – Programming in C
  • CS197U – Introduction to Unix
  • CS197WP – Introduction to HTML/CSS
  • CS220 – Programming Methodology
  • CS230 – Computer Systems Principles
  • CS240 –  Reasoning Under Uncertainty
  • CS250 – Introduction to Computation
  • CS290M – Physical Computing
  • CS305 – Social Issues in Computing
  • CS311 – Introduction to Algorithms
  • CS320 – Software Engineering
  • CS325 – Human-Computer Interaction
  • CS326 – Web Programming
  • CS348 – Principles of Data Science
  • CS365 – Digital Forensics
  • CS377 – Operating Systems
  • CS390N – Internet of Things
  • CS391L – Computer Crime Law
  • CS453 – Computer Networks
  • CS460 – Introduction to Computer & Network Security
  • CS491G – Computer Networking Lab
  • CS529 – Software Engineering Project Management
  • CS585 – Introduction to Natural Language Processing
  • CS660 – Advanced Information Assurance
  • CS690s – System Defense and Test
  • CS690p – Secure Distributed Systems
  • ECE296 – Independent Study – Security Capture the Flag (Hosted by MITRE)
  • ECE396 – Independent Study – Security Capture the Flag (Hosted by MITRE)

At UMass, Nick was selected to be a member of OPM’s Cybrecorp SFS program. The program is designed to train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to meet the future needs of the US government. There were only 7 students selected from UMass. In this program, he attended public conferences, UMass guest lectures, and SFS specific meetings where they investigated different cyber threats. He was also a member of UMass ACM club, the cybersecurity club, and the the pentest club where he was able to gain practical skills through real-world experience. Nick also joined the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity where he has assisted in planning socials, house projects, and community service events as well as participated in many of those events. He took on the effort to create a website for the fraternity, umasspike.com, where one could read a short bio about each of the members, easily contact the group if they’re interested in joining, find out about upcoming events hosted by the fraternity, look through photos and videos from non-social events, and more. Unfortunately, the fraternity no longer exists at UMass so the website has been abandoned. Finally, Nick participated in multiple HackUMass events, where each team has only a few days to start from scratch and build a working prototype of something amazing. Nick’s teams’ projects included a subset of aspects of machine learning, visual analytics, mobile app development, website development, software development, distributed systems, human-computer interaction, and more because the best projects lie on the boundary between multiple disciplines.

 

Nick graduated from Burlington High school in 2014 with a GPA of 3.66/4.0 which placed him 28th in his class of 246. During his four years of high school, he kept busy by splitting his time between varsity athletics, challenging academics, volunteering and many clubs. Throughout the four years, Nick volunteered over 500 hours to the surrounding communities. He was the president of the Student Council’s Executive Board, the National Honors Society, the Italian club, and the Rotary Interact Club. He was also the student representative for the Burlington School Committee as well as the student representative on the Burlington school council. Nick was a part of the student help desk at BHS, where he assisted students and faculty with technological issues as well as contributed articles about trending technology to the Help Desk Blog. At BHS, he also took on the personal project of creating the Student Council Blog which hosts sporting events, club events, school events, and more in a centralized and easily accessible place. Students, faculty, and parents took advantage of this as there were 900+ unique visitors creating over 2,500 unique visitors just in 2014. The blog, which is now up kept by the current BHS student council president, also contained a master calendar of all of these events with corresponding posts which detailed each event that happened at the school. You can read more about this here. For this effort as well as a few other actions, he was awarded the “Red Devil” (our mascot) award when graduating.