I am interested in applying knowledge from computer science to work on humanitarian and societal issues such as supporting a large global population, protecting the environment, defending human rights, improving global health, and effectively regulating technology. I grew up in Houston, Texas and studied mathematics and computer science as an undergraduate at Rice University. During an exchange year at the University of Cambridge, I became fascinated by the design and security of computer systems while working on a research project to help secure computer architectures and operating systems against malicious attackers. I have continued to conduct this research as a master’s student at Rice. I believe computing is a powerful and liberating tool that, if applied properly, can continue to make an enormous positive impact on our world. As a Gates Scholar and doctoral student at Cambridge, I hope to develop my technical expertise and work on impactful projects for the common good. I also hope to continue pursuing my interests in music, gardening, and world cultures.