|Originally, I am from Ethiopia (a beautiful country in
the horn of Africa). Being here in New York, I've found this to be the most
diverse place I have ever seen. It has its own impact on one's way of
thinking! I received my bachelor of science degree from Addis Ababa
University, Ethiopia, and my master's from the University of Massachusetts
Lowell, both in electrical engineering. I was an NSF Information Science
Engineering and Technology Scholar while at UML, and at Poly, I've received
a Department of Defense IASP Scholarship.
My interests within security are
in the area of communications network security, particularly security at the
PHY/MAC layer. I am also interested in communications systems (PHY/MAC
layer), statistical signal processing and stochastic modeling. At the
moment, I'm working on the security aspects of cooperative wireless
communications systems. Cooperative wireless communications exploit the
broadcast nature of the wireless channel and allow single-antenna radios to
share their antennas in a manner that creates a virtual antenna array. We
are investigating the inherent security threats in cooperative diversity
In general I have a "can-do" attitude toward challenges,
and am able to work as part of a team and communicate well with others.
After finishing my PhD, my career plan is to join a research lab
to further refine my research and interpersonal skills.
In my spare time,
I like to watch movies, read books, and keep myself up to date on current
global affairs. I loved "Scent of a Woman"; what impressed me about it was
not only the superb performance by Al Pacino as a retired colonel but also
the colonel's view of life in general. I particularly liked his speech at
the end of the movie, in which he says, "...there isn't nothin' like the
sight of an amputated spirit -- there is no prosthetic for that."
favorite books (other than those written in my native language) are: War and Peace; my favorite character is Pierre Bezukhov with all his spiritual and philosophical arguments about life. I had to admit I watched many times the four part Russian version of the movie with English sub-titles. My older brother introduced me to Ralph
Waldo Emerson's Essays and Henry David Thoreau's Walden.
As Emerson says in Self-Reliance, "...We but half express
ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us
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