Splash at Northwestern: Winter Splash February 26th, 2023

NU Splash Biography

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BOGDAN PETRE, NU senior studying cognitive neuroscience

College: Northwestern University

Major: ISP, Biology; Dept of Physiology

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

My academic focus is on cognitive neuroscience, specifically understanding the neural correlates of consciousness. I work with a neuroimaging group at the Feinberg School of Medicine studying the cortical mechanisms of chronic pain, and am enrolled in the Integrated Sciences Program in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

For the past four years now I've also made a hobby out of studying computer security, beginning with wireless security and penetration but have since pursued a more generalized approach to computer security studying techniques used in everything from network penetration to privilege escalation. I am one of the founding members of Northwestern's undergraduate computer security group which has represented the university in a yearly international CTF competition since its inception in 2007. I hope to share some of my knowledge acquired through these experiences in our Computer Security 101 course which will be co-taught by a two other students who have accompanied me throughout this process.

In addition, I also have developed a background in contemporary philosophy on which I will draw for the "Postmodernity and Capitalism" course. This background is derived from readings of the works of Frederic Nietzsche, Jean Paul Sartre, Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Guiles Deleuze, Frederic Jameson, Alain Badiou, Slavoj Zizek, Jean-Francois Lyotard, and Jacques Derrida, as well as the work of Frankfurt School thinkers like Theodor Adorno and Jurgen Habermas.

Past Classes

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M34: Hacking: Computer Security 101 in Splash 2010 (Apr. 03, 2010)
In this hands-on course, we will introduce students to the methods of offensive computer security (hacking). We will provide a brief overview of programming and computer hardware and then show students how to exploit common security holes. This course will be fast-paced. However, the course will be fun for all and students should expect to walk away with a better understanding of computer security. Teacher contact email (M34-teachers@esp.mit.edu) doesn't appear to be working at the time of this post. Email bogdan at u.northwestern.edu with questions.